09:05 Questions asked about Waimea dam - as projected cost skyrockets

Water users on the Waimea Plains say a dam is essential to secure the region's future.

Water users on the Waimea Plains say a dam is essential to secure the region's future. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Why is the government's Fresh Water Improvement fund being used to help build the Waimea Dam in the Tasman District? Kathryn Ryan talks to Peter Fraser, a former Treasury economist, who is questioning the dam's skyrocketing cost, and the taxpayer's involvement; also Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne, who is pro the dam build. He says he can't understand why people are quibbling, when the region gets 42 million dollars of low cost government money. The dam has been described by the council as the most important single infrastructure investment the Tasman community will make.

09:30 Survey finds concerns over Communities of Learning

The secondary teachers' union has surveyed it members on attitudes towards the government's 359 million dollar cornerstone education policy to raise student achievement.The PPTA says fewer than half of principals who have joined Communities of Learning, believe the goals set are realistic. It has also found resentment toward the bonuses being paid to "expert" teachers in school groups. Kathryn Ryan talks to the PPTA's President Jack Boyle.

09:45 USA correspondent Gabrielle Levy

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Gabrielle Levy with the latest from the US on the devastating trail of Hurricane Irma through Florida.

10:05 Scotty and Stacey Morrison: Māori at Home

Authors of Maori at Home, Scotty and Stacey Morrison.

Authors of Maori at Home, Scotty and Stacey Morrison. Photo: Supplied / Penguin Random House

How to bring te reo Māori into the family home... That's the mission husband and wife team, Scotty and Stacey Morrison, have taken up in their new book, Māori at Home – an everyday guide to learning the Māori language. They'll talk to Kathryn Ryan about introducing the Māori language at home, work and school – whether you're practising hākinakina (sport), celebrating a huritau (birthday), or relaxing at the tātahi (beach).

10:35 Book review

The North Water by Ian McGuire, published by Simon & Schuster Ltd, reviewed by Quentin Johnson.

10:45 The Reading:

The Changeover by Margaret Mahy, read by Miranda Harcourt.

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about the critical reaction from a number of senior business people about the current government's lack of fiscal vision and strategy, and also Steven Joyce and Grant Robertson thrashing it out over Labour's alternative budget.

11:30 High fives for high kicks! From Dunedin to the Moulin Rouge

The feathers, rhinestones and sequins of the Moulin Rouge are part of life for Dunedin cancan dancer Glendene Regan. After passing tough auditions last summer in Sydney, the 24-year-old says its a dream come true to be dancing on the mythical stage of the most famous cabaret in the world!

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Media matters with commentator Gavin Ellis, including National's claims of a black hole in Labour's budget, and whether the election campaign has entered a post-truth phase?. Also, the Press Council has fast-tracked election-related complaints.

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald.  He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

Music played in this show

Artist:   Rosanne Cash
Song: The Sunken Lands
Composer: Cash
Album: The River and the Thread
Label: Universal
Time: 09:45

Artist:   Tama Waipara
Song: Kiwi
Composer: Melbourne
Album: He Rangi Paihuarere
Label: Black Media
Time: 10:05am

Artist:   Tame Impala
Song: The Moment
Composer: Parker
Album: Currents
Label: Modular
Time: 11:41