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7:09 FIFA World Cup Update: Coen Lammers

FIFA World Cup ball

FIFA World Cup ball Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Radio New Zealand's correspondent in Russia for the FIFA World Cup  Coen Lammers talks to Wallace about the upsets and surprises of the 2018 tournament. Two sudden-death matches are playing on Sunday Morning. There's also more on the shock of the defending champions, Germany, being eliminated in the group stage by South Korea.

7:15 Mark Graham: Busting prefab housing myths

Construction starts on the Kiwibuild project

Construction starts on the Kiwibuild project Photo: RNZ/ Sophia Duckor-Jones

Prefabricated houses are being billed as the solution to building affordable homes quickly. The government has announced it will beef up the sector to fulfil its Kiwibuild promise of 100,000 new houses. The trend in recent decades has been away from using prefabrication as a building method. Mark Graham, who publishes The Building Guide and the Design Guide magazines, believes they are ideal to address the housing shortage.

7:20 Patrick Reynolds: Auckland regional fuel tax hits 

Road transport and industry have pushed up gross emissions by 23 percent since 1990.

Road transport and industry have pushed up gross emissions by 23 percent since 1990. Photo: RNZ

The Auckland regional fuel tax comes into effect from 1 July. The money is to go to funding transport projects around the region over the next 10 years. Greater Auckland transport commentator Patrick Reynolds talks about why  the tax is a necessity and what it's going to be funding.

7.32 The House

 This week  The invisible hats MPs wear. And which hat they have on when they put the cat out. Produced by Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith.

7:46 Are We There Yet exhibition: Victoria Travers

Victoria Travers, Auckland museum's head of exhibitions

Victoria Travers, Auckland museum exhibition director Photo: RNZ

It's 125 years since women in New Zealand fought and won the right to vote. An Auckland Museum exhibition looks at how far, or not, we have come since then. The display pays tribute to women in Aotearoa throughout history who have continued to fight for and achieve equality across politics, business, sport, arts and many other fields. There is also a short film by Gaylene Preston who has directed Women and Equality in Aotearoa specifically for the exhibition. The exhibition starts on 6 July 6 and goes until 31 October.  Victoria Travers is the head of exhibitions for the Museum and speaks about the display, contributions and where equality is at in New Zealand.


8:10 Insight The Cost of the Foreign Buyer Ban

Development of Shotover Country, an area of Queenstown only began in 2012 – it's now jam-packed

Development of Shotover Country, an area of Queenstown only began in 2012 – it's now jam-packed Photo: RNZ Insight/Timothy Brown

Queenstown is both the most unaffordable place to live in New Zealand and has the highest rate of foreign home ownership. But those in the community say the government's proposed ban will have little effect and may make the problem worse. Otago reporter Timothy Brown heads to Queenstown to find out what unintended consequences of the foreign buyer ban might lie ahead.

8.38 Lilit Marcus: Dunedin most underrated city in NZ

CNN Travel correspondent Lilit Marcus

CNN Travel correspondent Lilit Marcus Photo: supplied

There's high praise for Dunedin from CNN’s travel correspondent Lilit Marcus. She believes it’s the most underrated city in the country and has more to offer than the usual tourist destinations on offer for overseas guests.  She talks  about the university city, its charms and what she would recommend to others to do there. Lilit also talks about the Edinburgh of the south in comparison to more well known cities around the world. You can read her CNN review here.

9:06 Mediawatch

Colin Peacock asks if comment is free who’s paying the bill?  He talks to the CEO of a company dedicated to the facts and nothing but the facts. And he looks at how a jokey interview landed the leader of the opposition in political hot water. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9.37 Juliet Gerrard: new science advisor to the PM

Juliet Gerrard, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister

Juliet Gerrard, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister Photo: supplied

The Prime Minister’s chief science advisor officially starts her job 1 July. Juliet Gerrard has taken over the role from Sir Peter Gluckman who was in the job for just over nine years. Professor Gerrard is an Oxford graduate who arrived on our shores in 1993. Since then she’s worked in both ministry and academic jobs, experiences that sit well  for her latest role. She talks about what she’s expecting and about the research work she’s led into nanotechnology of food and fibres. She also discusses equality for women in science and where the sector needs to lift its game.

10:05 Leigh Melville and Jim Barr: How to collect art 

The art of collecting art is discussed with auction house director of art Leigh Melville and veteran collector Jim Barr. How do you start a collection and what should you be mindful of? They also discuss how to pick potential big names before the price of their works skyrocket. 

10.35 Bert Jang: Cakes made Pasifika style



Fiji-born Bert Jang spent years working as a chef around New Zealand, including at Auckland's Kai Pasifika, before deciding his love for cake making was too great. Now he's running an online cake business called Sweet and Me with the flavours of the Pacific. He’s also part of a business accelerator programme called The Kitchen Project run by Panuku, part of Auckland Council.  


11:04 Life and Influences: Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera  is one of the best known names in New Zealand literature. Most Kiwis will have read at least one book penned by the Gisborne-born novelist, short story writer and playwright. Works such as The Whale Rider, The Matriarch and Pounamu Pounamu.  Ihimaera was the first Māori writer to publish both a book of short stories and a novel. He is of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki descent and  was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004 for services to literature. In 2009 he received the Te Tohu Tiketiki a Te Waka Toi award, the highest honour given by Maoridom in the arts. He received an Arts Foundation Laureate the same year. His 2016 memoir Māori Boy won the Ockham NZ Book Award for Non-Fiction and in 2017 he was honoured with the 2017 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. Witi Ihimaera has worked as an academic and writer for many years at the University of Auckland and the Manukau Institute of Technology, but these days, at 74, is writing full time.

The full video interview of Witi Ihimaera. Videographer: Claire Eastham-Farrelly