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Monday 6 April 2020

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1:00 Live coverage of the Ministry of Health's latest Covid Update

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health provides a live health update on Covid-19.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on 5 April 2020. New Zealand was placed in complete lockdown and a state of national emergency was declared on Thursday 26 March to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

Photo: Pool / Getty

1:28 Testing for COVID-19 in New Zealand

Gisborne laboratory d-nature specializes in the technique being used for COVID-19 testing.

The lab is bringing in the chemicals and components that are needed to turn the swab material into RNA, and the reagents needed to copy and detect the COVID-19 RNA.

We speak to DNA scientist John Mackay.

DNA scientist John Mackay

DNA scientist John Mackay Photo: Supplied

1:36 Short film competition for young people in lockdown

Miss Conception films has launched a short film competition for young people in lockdown.

The competition is calling for children and teenagers up to the age of 16 to make their own short film using the devices in their bubble.

The theme for the competition is ‘Finding our way home’, and submissions are open from April 13th until May 8th.

We speak to producer Ainsley Gardener, who is a co-partner of Miss Conception Films.

Producer Ainsley Gardiner

Producer Ainsley Gardiner Photo: Supplied

1:45 Great NZ Album Shona Laing - South (1987)

Shona Laing - South

Shona Laing - South Photo: Album Cover

2:10 Linda Burgess's TV picks

These are not normal times: there's just a couple of things that currently matter about TV: does it distract you, stop you thinking about Now? OR does it make you feel that human beings are decent and kind and this will never change? Linda Burgess is our TV reviewer this week and critiques Locke and Key and The Repair Shop.

2:20 Breaking your bubble to save a life

Last month Jesse spoke to Sally Barraud who was a few months into an OE in Asia with her husband Josh and young children when covid began to spread, making their trip untenable.

After many set backs they finally made it back to New Zealand and are now self isolating in the Wairarapa

But the drama did not end there

A few days ago Josh Barraud had to break their bubble to save someone's life

Josh Barraud and his daughter on a bike ride in Wairarapa

Josh Barraud and his daughter on a bike ride in Wairarapa Photo: Supplied/Sally Barraud

2:30  Mike Bell - preserving native Birds in The Chatham Islands

Mike Bell is an ornithologist passionate about native bird conservation in the Chatham Islands.

He has spent 30 years travelling to the isolated Rēkohu archipelago, also known as the Chatham Islands, to do conservation work there - starting when he was a teenager.

He’s the managing director of Wildlife Management International, but also works closely with the Chatham Islands Tāiko Trust - among many other things.

Mike Bell with a flesh footed shearwater chick.

Mike Bell with a flesh footed shearwater chick. Photo: Supplied.

3:10 Voices of Hope - Stop Surviving Start Fighting says Jazz Thornton

Long before enforced social isolation, thousands of New Zealanders struggled with loneliness, depression, dark thoughts and hopelessness.  Jazz Thornton knows it. She's lived it. Now she's a film maker and co-founder of Voices of Hope, which helps people struggling with mental illness.  She shares her journey from despair to hope in her new book, Stop Surviving Start Fighting

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, talk to Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora, founders of Voices of Hope at Maranui Cafe in Wellington.

Photo: Kensington Palace

3:35 Voices

In 'Voices' today;  how some people in New Zealand are looking back at a historic event that changed their lives forever, 26 years ago this April - the genocide in Rwanda. 

3:45 The Panel with Janet Wilson and Duane Major