Navigation for Summer Times 2021/2022

09:05 New myrtle rust case raises concerns

A new confirmed case of Myrtle Rust in the Waitākere Ranges has alarmed Auckland Council conservationists. 

The fungal disease which can ruin forest environments was discovered by a member of the public.

Myrtle Rust is a huge problem in Aotearoa, partly because of how hard it is to contain its spread. 

Emile is joined by plant pathologist and epidemiologist Robert Beresford from Plant and Food Research New Zealand to explain just how dangerous this disease is for our largest city.

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Photo: Supplied / Auckland Council

09:20 Doctors taking action on care for indigenous children 

Doctors are promising to do more to recognise the needs of indigenous children in New Zealand and Australia. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians says it is taking landmark action - by releasing a raft of recommendations on how to provide better health care for indigenous children. They include doctors learning the colonial history of their country, and understanding how racism and privilage operates in healthcare systems. To discuss this and what it means Emile is joined by Dr Danny de Lore Chair of the RACP's Indigenous Child Health Working Group.

Doctor injecting vaccination in arm of young girl.

Photo: 123RF

9:30 Biden's inaugural address assessed 

Yesterday Joe Biden was sworn in as the president of the United States. A traditional part of the procedure in the inaugural address. Biden spoke for roughly twenty minutes and had a very clear thrust as he called for Americans to unite rather than divide. 

But how does the speech measure up against other inaugural addresses? What is the art of putting together a speech to be delivered to so many different groups of people? Dr Heather Kavan from Massey University teaches speechwriting and is an award winning speech writer herself. 

US President Joe Biden delivers his Inauguration speech after being sworn in as the 46th US President.

US President Joe Biden delivers his Inauguration speech after being sworn in as the 46th US President. Photo: Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

09:40 Summer Shakespeare returns

The 25th season of Shakespeare in the Park by Shoreside Theatre will feature the tragedy Hamlet, and comedy Much Ado About Nothing. They'll be playing on alternate nights at the Outdoor Amphitheatre at The PumpHouse. The directors of the two shows, James Bell and Jason Moffatt, join Emile Donovan. 

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Photo: Supplied

09:45 Pacific correspondent: Koro Vaka'uta

RNZ Pacific News Editor Koro Vaka'uta joins Emile to discuss the first quarantine free flights from pacific islands to Aotearoa and how the region is facing up to the fresh challenges of 2021. 

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Photo: RNZ Pacific

10:00 Bryan Waddle: forty years commentating cricket 

It's been a big summer for international cricket, despite the restrictions of the pandemic. Just this week the Indian test side defeated Australia in a huge upset, especially after being bowled out for only 36 runs in Adelaide last December. 

But the way it's broadcast in this country and around the world is changing. When Bryan Waddle began commentating international cricket in 1981 and back then it really was ball by ball.

Following the closure of Radio Sport last year, this summer is the first in a long time Brian hasn't spent commentating knock of leather on willow. He joins Emile to talk about how much the game and commentating it has changed, and what hasn't. 

Radio Sport commentator Bryan Waddle seen during his 70th Test match as a commentator during Day 1 of the First Test Match between Black Caps v Sri Lanka, Basin Reserve, Wellington, Saturday 15th December 2018. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / © 2018

Photo: Photosport Ltd 2019

10:35 Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss steps down

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. In the interim Sir Wira Gardiner will be taking over the organisation. RNZ Māori News Director Māni Dunlop joins Emile with the latest. 

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Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

10:45 Film Critic: Dan Slevin 

Dan Slevin is in to discuss his film picks of the week in cinemas and streaming in our homes. 

Movie goers watching a 3D film at an IMAX cinema

Movie goers watching a 3D film at an IMAX cinema Photo: Wiki Commons

10:45 Podcast: Healthy or Hoax 

11:00 Bookmarks: Mary Holm 

Mary Holm is a financial advisor and is a regular on RNZ's Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan. Today though she's talking books, music and films instead of dollars and cents. 

Mary Holm

Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

11:30 Raylee Bradfield live in studio 

Emile is joined in studio by Auckland singer songwriter Raylee Bradfield. Raylee will be familiar to folk and indie gig goers in Auckland and she has two albums out, most recently 'Where Wildflowers go' in 2019. She's playing at the  Auckland Folk Festival which starts next week. 

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Photo: Raylee Bradfield