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09:05 Fears pounamu black market is increasing

Iwi leaders on the west coast of the South Island fear gangs are cashing in on a growing online black market for pounamu. 

While the pounamo black market isn't new, it's believed the trade for New Zealand's native greenstone has reached a level not seen before. 

Lisa Tumahai is the  kaiwhakahaere (chairperson) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

09:20 Heiko Wittmer: NZ lessons to be learnt from pumas and wolves

Lessons from how pumas and wolves interact in North America can be applied here in New Zealand, as we strive towards a predator-free 2050. 

Dr Heiko Wittmer has looked at what happened when wolves were reintroduced to Wyoming's Grant National Park . The wolves had a negative effect on the pumas in the park and that led to a much more balanced ecosystem. 

Heiko joins Emile to talk about innovative approaches to controlling predators. 

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Photo: Victoria University, Wellington

09:30 An opshop codebox holds a literary secret 

The new year can prompt a lot of people to have a declutter and Op Shops have to sort through everything to find out what's what. 

Randy from Aunty Dana's Op Shop in Newtown in Wellington was on the sorting desk this week and found a locked box which contained a secret. 

They're trying to find the owner to reunite them with the compelling contents. Let's play a little game of lost and found! 

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09:35 ​Waiheke's Stony Batter tunnels reopen

The historic World War 2 tunnels at the Stony Batter Historic Reserve on Waiheke Island have reopened for tours.

Fort Stony Batter Heritage Park project director, and Waiheke resident, Timothy Moon joins us to tell us about this important part of New Zealand's history.

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Photo: Tim Moon

10:00 April Reign on the power of Twitter in 2021

April Reign knows the power of Twitter. In January 2015, she sent out a Tweet  from her living room that started a movement. Watching the nominations for the Academy Awards, she vented about the lack of diversity among nominees and started the hashtag Oscars so White.   

She knows how Twitter can be used for good, or to incite violence like it did last week in Washington DC when a mob invaded the US capitol. April Reign uses hashtag activism to advocate for diversity and inclusion for marginalized groups  in everything from film to finance to the US Supreme Court.    

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10:30 Podcast critic, Caitlin Cherry

Caitlin talks about two new-ish podcasts dealing with betrayal and treachery.

Bed of Lies

Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen

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Photo: Campside Media

11:00 Kiwi Covers

Emile Donovan curates some of the best covers by kiwi artists of huge tunes. 

Young people dancing at night club - Hands up and multicolored confetti at nightclub after party - Nightlife concept with afterparty crowd celebrating dj concert festival event - Retro contrast filter

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11:30 Allegations of racism in Australian cricket crowds

The Indian cricket team has made a complaint to the ICC about alleged racial abuse hurled at players during the recent test match in Sydney. 

New South Wales police and Cricket Australia have launched investigations into these allegations. 

ABC senior sports reporter Tracey Holmes discusses with Emile Donovan. 

India's Ravichandran Ashwin (L) and teammate Hanuma Vihari touch gloves during the fifth day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on January 11, 2021.

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11.35 James Dale: backyard birdwatching 

During lockdown some of us baked bread and stared at the wall, but Professor James Dale from Massey University had a different idea. He started setting up Gopro cameras in his backyard in strategic points to see what birdlife he could capture. 

Well, it was a hit and post-lockdown James has been trying to find new ways to shoot the native birdlife in our backyards. 

Following on from our discussion last week of Tui song, we thought we'd have a look at their behaviour too. James is calling in from the Red Beach Surf Club campsite in Mangawhai to discuss his digital approach to nepotism. 

11:45 Regional round up

Today Emile is speaking to Possum Moffat. Can you guess which part of NZ is he is calling in from? 

Possum Moffat, who lives in Te Anau.

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