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The farmers turning to growing hemp seed

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A growing number of farmers are turning over part of their land to cultivate hemp - the non-medicinal cannabis plant - since a law change in 2018 made it legal for hemp seed food products to be sold here. Hemp seeds yield a nutritious and valuable food oil and the plant grows easily in many soil conditions with low… Audio, Gallery



Tuesday 7 April 2020

On today’s show



09:05 News and current affairs

09:15 Covid-19 tracing plea. "Don't let lockdown be in vain"

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Dr Ayesha Verrall, Infectious Diseases Doctor and Epidemiologist at the  University of Otago, Wellington says rapid, mass tracing is the single most important thing New Zealand can do to get out of lockdown and more importantly to stay out of it. She wants tracing to be scaled up, sped up, to become fully integrated, and augmented with smartphone apps. That means the ability to identify and trace the contacts of at least 1,000 cases a day. If not she warns the lockdown could be in vain.

09:30 ASB chief: 'Honest conversations' needed

ASB has told its customers genuine and honest conversations will be needed to help get them through the Covid-crisis, and that increasing levels of debt might not be the best option, long-term. It expects to lend close to $1 billion through the $6.2b Business Finance Guarantee Scheme. Over the past week Nine to Noon has been asking the heads of each of the big banks what they're doing to help their customers through the Covid-turmoil.  This morning, Kathryn talks to the chief executive of ASB, Vittoria Shortt.

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09:45 USA correspondent

Susan Davis is a congressional correspondent for NPR and a co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast.

10:05  Sally Rippin: Billy B Brown turns 10

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Beloved children's book character Billie B Brown is turning ten.  And her award-winning Australian creator Sally Rippin is celebrating with three new books, illustrated by Aki Fukuoka, to add to the twenty already on kids' bookshelves. The Billie B Brown series has now sold over five million world-wide, translated into 14 languages. Sally tells Kathryn Ryan how she was due to come to Auckland for the Writers Festival, but because of lock-down, is pouring her talents into an on-line school holiday programme instead.

10:35 Book review - Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn

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Phil Vine reviews Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn, published by Penguin Random House.

10:45 The Reading

Goneville, episode 7. Written and read by Nick Bollinger.

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram


11:30 Interview

11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden

Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne.