09:05 How will NZ eliminate methyl bromide?

Logs piled on a NZ wharf.

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Is the country on track to eliminate the highly toxic fumigant methyl bromide by the deadline of October 2020 imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency? The fumigant is described by the EPA as an extremely toxic and ozone-depleting substance and is banned except for use on logs and timber products for export, as part of quarantine requirements. But use of the fumigant has increased in recent years,  and it's possible the deadline will be extended. Kathryn speaks with Aubrey Wilkinson from the Tauranga Moana Fumigant Action Group and the General Manager of the EPA's Hazardous Substances Group,  Dr Fiona Thomson-Carter.

09:20 A tug of war over Auckland's marinas

Westhaven Marina in Auckland.

Westhaven Marina in Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Jessie Chiang

Auckland Council is undertaking a public consultation about what do to with land at Hobsonville Marina which is says is not a strategic asset. Berth users from some of the city's other marinas have joined together to oppose the move which they say would set a dangerous precedent. Euan Little who has formed the group, the Auckland Marina Users Association, and David Rankin, the chief Operating Officer of Panuku will join Kathryn to discuss the plans.

09:45 NATO unity fears

Europe Correspondent, Seamus Kearney talks to Kathryn about fears about NATO unity ahead of a key summit in Brussels, and EU diplomats give a guarded reaction to UK’s Brexit ‘compromise’.

10:05 Rupert Murdoch's right hand man reveals 'untidy life in news'

From the golden age of print, to Britain's phone hacking scandal Les Hinton has seen it all. His career as a hack began when he became a copy boy in a small Adelaide newspaper, with grand ambitions to become a reporter. Decades later he would become one of Rupert Murdoch 's most respected executives and oldest allies, and as such one of the most powerful men in the media world.Kathryn Ryan talks to him about his memoir  'The Bootle Boy - an untidy life in news' and the man he describes as an 'authentic colossus'.

10:35 Book review - The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

 Jane Westaway reviews The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, published by: Chatto & Windus.  

10:45 The Reading

 My Father's Island written and read by Adam Dudding   (Part 6 of 10)

11:05 Political commentators

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Matthew and Stephen discuss the defence strategy announcement  and also what's up in education, with secondary principals voicing concerns with NCEA, the NZEI strike, and student loan changes.

Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium.  Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.

11:30 Gujarati fish curry and roti

Mother and daughter Laxmi and Jayshri Ganda are keeping family food traditions alive, across the generations and across the miles. Laxmi came to Christchurch having learnt to cook in Gujarat in North West India in the 1960s.  Their cookbook "A little Bit of This a Little Bit of That" preserves family recipes for Kiwi-born generations.  They share a recipe for a Gujarati fish curry and roti.

11:45 Creation and erosion of public space

Artist impressions of the Aotea Centre after it's first major do-up in nearly 30 years.

Artist impressions of the Aotea Centre after it's first major do-up in nearly 30 years. Photo: Supplied / Regional Facilities Auckland

Bill McKay talks to Kathryn about how we are creating public space better than ever before - but it is still being eroded away in several ways. We are starting to see the end of the car (and traffic engineer) domination of space in cities, renewal of a focus on people, bikes and public spaces. Big squares are still important for big events, but when cities increase in density, we also need more, small outdoor spaces to suit individual needs.

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.