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7:10 'Team of five million' needs to be more committed to prevent outbreak

The latest results from the now-fortnightly poll conducted by Research New Zealand shows that respondents believe the 'team of five million' needs to be more committed to preventing another Covid-19 outbreak, with four-in-five respondents concerned about the possibility of an outbreak. On top of that 87%were concerned about the ability of the economy to recover,  and 72% were concerned their family and friends were not able to travel to New Zealand. Emanuel Kalafatelis from Research NZ talks us through the results.

Ōtara Covid-19 Testing Station 13 August

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7:18 Covid-19: 'Masks only needed in high risk indoor areas' 

Kiwis are getting used to wearing masks to protect against Covid-19, but there continues to be strong minority opinion against masks and their effectiveness. New Zealand doctor Gary McLean says the pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to wearing masks, but you really only need to wear one when you have prolonged inside contact with people. 

Commuters walk outside Melbourne's Flinders Street Station on July 23, 2020 on the first day of the mandatory wearing of face masks in public areas as the city experiences an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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7:32 Great Barrier braces for second Auckland invasion 

With the Auckland region now at Covid-19 Alert Level 3 all recreational water-based activities involving sailing boats, motorised craft or motorised equipment, are not allowed. But during the last lockdown, Great Barrier Island saw an influx of boaties trying their luck and the patience of locals on the island. Local contractor and environmental consultant Tom Daly joins the show for an update. 

Sailing yacht at rest, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.

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7:45 Calling Home: Mike Leach in Ottawa, Canada

When Mike Leach turned 21, his parents brought him a one-way ticket to Canada so he could indulge in his love of bike racing. That was in 1989. Since then he has got married, had two kids and still calls Canada home. He now runs a construction business, called Kiwi Mike's Renos and last year built his own house in Ottawa, which is an uncommon thing to do there.

8:11 Is a Birkin bag out of your budget? You can now invest in one

The idea of being part-owner of a $61,500 handbag may seem strange, but it's a growing trend. Online trading platform Rally Rd allows users to purchase shares in luxury items - such as highly desirable Birkin bags and Rolex watches - and it has seen a surge in interest during the pandemic. But some critics warn that app-based investing can be too game-like and distort the consequences of ill-considered investments. Author and New York Times' Wealth Matters columnist Paul Sullivan joins the show to discuss the trend.

Author and New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan.

Author and New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan. Photo: Supplied

8:39 The Weekend Panel with Jane Clifton & Richard Harman 

Our weekend panellists Jane Clifton and Richard Harman offer their thoughts on the past week's news from Aotearoa and abroad. Covid-19 is once again at the forefront of our minds, and there are questions looming whether the general election should be postponed. 

A man casts his vote in the 2014 General Election (file photo)

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9:06 Mediawatch

This week Mediawatch looks at how the media can confront misinformation and conspiracy theories creeping into the mainstream in New Zealand. Also: How the media handled the return of community transmission during the election campaign - and how political figures made headlines on talk radio this week.

Americold Mt Wellington facility.

Americold Mt Wellington facility. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

9:45 Covid-19 update with professor Michael Baker 

As the Auckland cluster has seen numerous Covid-19 cases confirmed across the North Island in the last week, people are grappling with the second round of lockdown, what it entails, and the prospect of day-to-day mask wearing. Professor Michael Baker joins the show to discuss what the coming weeks and months might look like. Text your questions to 2101 or email 

University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker

University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker Photo: University of Otago Wellington / Luke Pilkinton-Ching​

10:08 'We wanted to set the Harry and Meghan story straight' 

It's not officially authorised by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but co-authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have compiled the most major account from Harry and Meghan's perspective with their new book, Finding Freedom. Omid joins the show to discuss the dramatic departure of two of the most popular figures in the Royal Family and how he and Durand were able to garner exclusive information and intimate details from close friends and colleagues of the royal couple. 

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their titles and stop receiving public funds following their decision to give up front-line royal duties, Buckingham Palace said on January 18, 2020.

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10:44 Welcome to the elite world of investment migration

The idea of travelling anywhere overseas has become a distant memory for many of us, but not so for the super-rich, who are using their considerable wealth to cross borders that would normally be closed or become involved in residence-by-investment programmes, with the end result being what's described as a "golden visa". And New Zealand is becoming an increasingly popular destination in this respect. Dominic Volek is the Head of Asia for global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners.  

Passport map

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11:05 'Parker would beat Tua at the peak of their powers'

Legendary New Zealand boxing identity Mike Edwards is one of the sport's most beloved figures in this country. Monty Betham jnr says he's the man you want in your corner. In his new book, Taking the Punches, Edwards reflects on a colourful lifetime in boxing. He joins Jim to discuss his love of the sweet science and why Joseph Parker would have defeated David Tua if they'd been fighting in the same era. 

11:30 'Taiwan is a bigger problem than Hong Kong for China' 

Taiwan appears to be at risk of being caught up in the power struggle between China and the United States. China's leader, President Xi Jinping has been clear in his ambitions to "reunify" the island with the mainland, while President Trump continues to make high-profile moves to bring the US closer to Taiwan. Richard McGregor is a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and the author of Xi Jinping: The Backlash. He joins the show to discuss the Taiwan issue and the criticism President Xi is receiving in his own country for his 'wolf warrior' tactics. 

Chinese president Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump

Chinese president Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump Photo: AFP

11:48 Small towns have higher risk of intimate partner violence

A new study out of Washington State University has shown that women living in small towns are most at risk of violence from current or former spouses and partners. The findings also ring true in New Zealand. Social work tutor Lesley Pitt has researched women's experiences of partner violence in rural Taranaki and found that isolation can exacerbate gender violence.  

Stop violence against and sexual abuse women who are suffer from abuse and harassment which in fear of home violence.

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