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7:11 Ludo Campbell-Reid: vision for Auckland CBD and beyond 

Queen Street pedestrianised with light rail

Queen Street pedestrianised with light rail Photo: Jasmax NZ

Ludo Campbell-Reid

Ludo Campbell-Reid Photo: Supplied

This week Auckland Council's planning committee voted unanimously to trial pedestrian-only roads in the city in a plan it's calling Access for Everyone. Auckland Design Office general manager Ludo Campbell-Reid explains what it means and how it could happen.  

7:19 Hannah Rodgers: sending love to the lonely this Christmas

Hannah Rodgers

Hannah Rodgers Photo: RNZ/Melita Tull

Hannah Rodgers and her son Jayden were on a of  “100 days of kindness” challenge which morphed into a campaign called Sending Love. The idea is to send Christmas cards to people on their own for Christmas or who don't receive anything during the festive season. The small aim to cheer up some local rest-home residents last year saw 32,000 cards distributed all over the country. Hannah and Jayden are at it again this Christmas, along with the public, aiming to bring cheer to around 100,000 people this year. Hannah explains how it works and how people can take part.

Where to drop your cards

7.30 The House

This week on our parliamentary programme - Phil sits down with Peter Hoare, the man whose job is to herd the legislative cats and wrestle Parliament's diary into submission - a Herculean task he does for the Leader of the House.

7.45 Pink and White Terraces brought to life

Pink and White Terraces as seen through the app.

Pink and White Terraces as seen through the app. Photo: Supplied

The Augmented Reality app that allows visitors to Waimangu Valley to "see" the Pink and White Terraces

The Augmented Reality app that allows visitors to Waimangu Valley to "see" the Pink and White Terraces Photo: Supplied

David Blackmore, general manager of Waimangu Valley, talks about a new app that will bring the famed Pink and White Terraces to life. The terraces disappeared in the Mount Tarawera eruption of June 1886. The geological formations - once known as the Eighth Wonder of the World - were found on the shores of Lake Rotomahana near Rotorua and were a massive tourist attraction. They were formed over thousands of years by the silica-rich water coming from springs and boiling geysers and crystallising into giant tiered staircases.Over the years there has been scientific debate about whether the Pink and White Terraces were wiped out completely in the eruption or simply buried. Now there's another way of seeing them - through the wonders of augmented reality.

8:10 Insight: declining species - can whitebaiting continue?

Woman with nets on a river under a lbue sky

Janice Whitebaiting near Hokitika at her secret location Photo: RNZ Insight/Teresa Cowie

With four out of the five whitebait species under threat or in decline, Teresa Cowie heads to the West Coast to find out if we have to give up on our springtime whitebait treat.

8:38 Kim Dovey: how Melbourne shaped itself as a great city

Professor Kim Dovey

Professor Kim Dovey Photo: Supplied

Kim Dovey is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne. This year he was a contributing author to a book called Urban Choreography: Melbourne 1985 On. He talks about the city and its transformation over the past 30 years that led to it consistently being held up as a case study for great cities. Melbourne public spaces have been reclaimed since 1985 and the city has a functioning public transport system. Its laneways, once filled with garbage, are now tourist spots with cute little bars and eateries.

9:06 Mediawatch

This week:  A look at the reporting – or lack of it – of democratic organisations from Lower Hutt to the United Nations in New York. Plus: Pride and prejudice in the reporting LGBTQI community. This episode was produced and presented by Jeremy Rose.

9:37 Candice Harris and Rebecca Armour: the working mum’s conundrum

Rebecca Armour (L) & Candice Harris

Rebecca Armour (L) & Candice Harris Photo: RNZ/Wallace Chapman

Candice Harris, an AUT Business School professor of management, has teamed up with Rebecca Armour, a KPMG tax partner, to research corporate working mothers and the pressures they face. Rebecca co-founded the Corporate Mothers Network and its members were surveyed for Candice’s research on work life balance for women after they had children. The final report is not yet complete but already there are some key findings which stand out. Candice and Rebecca explain more about the working mums work life balance conundrum and why they are under more pressure than dads.

10.04 John Hellemans and Andrea Hewitt: a special bond

John Hellemans is a top sports doctor, elite triathlete and coach who was the first to see something special in Olympic triathlete Andrea Hewitt. He was her original coach and she’s now in her 13th season on the World Triathlon series circuit, having won won 27 medals internationally in the sport. John himself is still competing in triathlon aged 65: both he and Andrea, 36, raced recently in the World Triathlon Grand Final on the Gold Coast. As well as their incredible athletic prowess, the pair are bonded by something stronger, and the title of John Hellemans’ recent book is a clue to that.  It's called "Never, Ever Give Up?". Andrea Hewitt lost her fiance, coach and fellow elite triathlete Laurent Vidal to a heart attack in 2015 - he was only 31. John Hellemans suffered an exercised-induced heart attack in 2015 aged 62 - an event that caused him to question his "never give up" mentality.

10.37 Cirque Du Soleil’s Mike Tyus: beating the odds

Mike Tyus as The Trickster in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza

Mike Tyus as The Trickster in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza Photo: Aaron Felske

As a child, Mike Tyus improvised dance with his babysitters, making up routines to Michael Jackson. But aged 11, he was diagnosed with Blount’s Disease and his legs had to be broken and realigned to allow him to be active. Despite the odds, he's now an acrobatic dancer with Cirque Du Soleil, and is playing The Trickster in its 'Kooza' show, coming to Auckland next year, on February 15.

11.04 David Freiberg - still going strong with Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship, 2016

Jefferson Starship, 2016 Photo: Supplied

Famed Californian rock band Jefferson Starship are heading to NZ for A Summer’s Day Live series of concerts, joining Toto and Dragon in January.  The band, best known for mega hits like 'We Built this City' and 'Sara', rose from the ashes of Jefferson Airplane, who, with hits like 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody to Love', were one of the truly significant acts in the late 60's San Francisco counter culture scene.  David Freiberg, long time member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, is now 80 and doesn’t mind playing the hits from Starship when he wasn’t in the band and says he’s still having the time of his life writing and performing.

11:40 Rebecca Rice on the importance of the Terracotta Warriors

On 15 December a number of significant pieces of Chinese cultural heritage will go on display at Te Papa. The Terracotta Warriors are 2300-year-old artworks of imperial icons that were part of the buried army that guarded the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China's First Emperor. They were discovered in 1974 by a farmer digging a well and they're now considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Such is their significance and value that only 10 can be loaned to museums at any one time - Te Papa has secured eight warriors and two horses. The Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition will run until next April and will also feature more than 160 ancient treasures from imperial tombs in and around China's ancient capital, Xi'an. Curator of the Terracotta Warriors  exhibition is Dr Rebecca Rice.

There's also a special teachers' pre-opening event on 13 December at 3.30pm. See more about that here.


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