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9:05 How can you be a part time royal?

Now to the UK where the Queen has issued a statement saying she is entirely supportive of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's decision to step aside from their royal duties. The comments follow a royal summit at Sandringham, where senior members of the family met face-to-face with the Queen to discuss new roles for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I am now joined by Laura Elston who follows the royal family for the press association in the UK.

 Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will step back as senior members of the royal family and spend more time in North America, the couple said in a shock announcement on January 8, 2020.

Photo: AFP

9:20 Taiwan Election Upset

Taiwan's election this week delivered a win for the incumbent  president Tsai Ing-wen, who opposes a closer relationship with China and has taken a bullish approach to Chinese intervention in Taiwan. To explain what's going on in Taiwan and look at the context of its relationship with China we're joined by the East Asia correspondent for DW News William. 

Tsai Ing-wen, current president of the Republic of China, declares her election victory after being shoo-in for the Taiwanese Presidential Election in front of her supporters in Taipei City, Taiwan on January 11, 2020.

Photo: AFP / The Yomiuri Shimbun

9:30 Artificial intelligence in the world of film

There is no question that Hollywood is being ushered into a new digital age, as film studios turn to advanced technology to maximise their profits. The use of de-aging software, and AI driven analytics to assess the potential films promise to disrupt the fillm industry as we know it - but what will it mean for films, or the stars we see in them? To think all this through, we're  joined by technology commentator.

A Na'vi face from the world of Pandora created in the James Cameron movie Avatar

A Na'vi face from the world of Pandora created in the James Cameron movie Avatar Photo: Avatar Wiki

9:45 Gore in 2020 

Every day we check in on what's going on in the regions in Aotearoa and the pacific. Today we go to Gore in Southland to the chief reporter of The Ensign Sandy Eggleston. 

10:05 Reviving aboriginal language through literature and tech

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Photo: Massey University

A group of academics and indiginous language advocates are using technology and books to try and revive an endangered aboriginal language. Dr Hilary Smith is a linguist and author who has just launched a series of children's books written in the aboriginal Gamilraay language. She's been working for the last four years in Gunnedah learning about the language and developing tools to try and resuscitate the language, particularly with younger generations.  

10:30 Scott Cook: Troubadour

Canadian musician Scott Cook is on tour around New Zealand at the moment. it's his first time in Aotearoa but he's no stranger to touring! He averages over 150 live shows a year and show's no sign of slowing down. He's halfway through his Aotearoa tour and has popped in to our Wellington studio to play us some songs!

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Photo: Scott Cook

11:05 Minor parties in the 2020 election year

Alex Braae is a staff writer at the Spinoff, but his real calling is as New Zealand's leading authority on minor parties and has been looking at the what role the Outdoor party might have in the 2020 election.

From left:  Brendan Horan, Hone Harawira, Winston Peters, Russel Norman, Te Ururoa Flavell, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Colin Craig.

From left: Brendan Horan, Hone Harawira, Winston Peters, Russel Norman, Te Ururoa Flavell, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Colin Craig. Photo: GETTY IMAGES / Jason Oxenham

11:20 On The Road - William Ray

It's time for on the road where we get someone in to take us on a road trip and chooser the music. Today RNZ podcast producer and host of the Black Sheep and Aotearoa History Show podcasts William Ray is jumping in the front seat of the Toyota Estima to take us to Barron's Beach. 

William Ray and Leigh-Marama McLachlan host the Aotearoa History Show

William Ray and Leigh-Marama McLachlan host the Aotearoa History Show Photo: RNZ