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Preview: Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan

RNZ: Nine To Noon

From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with


Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Graeme takes a look at some of the lesser known Tom Petty covers, featuring Holly Figueora O'Reilly, Johnny Cash, Pat Green and Roger McGuinn. Graeme is a founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, and senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.

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Book review - A River Rules My Life by Mona Anderson

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Harry Broad reviews 'A River Rules My Life' by Mona Anderson, published by HarperCollins NZ.

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Brain sensing tech for people with disabilities

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:10:00 +1300

For the thousands of New Zealanders with severe physical disabilities and are unable to communicate, one high-tech start up is hoping to make the world more accessible. Thought-Wired is the brain child of Dmitry Selitskiy, who has developed a brain-sensing software that allows people with conditions like cerebral palsy and motor neuron disease to interact with a computer. It's called Nous and works in conjunction with a headset and computer or mobile device, and teaches the user to control their thought pattersn and select options such as yes or no on a computer screen... All with the goal of giving people back their voice.

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Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:54:00 +1300

Australia correspondent Peter Munro on the government there ditching a clean energy target in favour of reliable supply; TV defection sparking a national equal pay debate and the end of an era as Australia stops making cars.

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Growing green fingers

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:46:00 +1300

Out of nearly 70 applications from primary schools and pupils aged between 7 and 11, five young gardeners and a School of the Year have been revealed in the inaugural Garden to Table, Young Gardener of the Year Awards. They are Haumoana School in Hastings, 7 year olds Emma Walsh & John Lundy from North Canterbury, and 10 year olds Qwincey Mennell from West Auckland, Freddie Meere from Waiheke and Maima Ieru from Lower Hutt. Kathryn Ryan talks to Maima Ieru, from Cannons Creek Primary, and the school's garden specialist Alison Kurukaanga.

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Audit Culture: the creeping problem of our age

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:27:00 +1300

Professor Cris Shore has looked at the rise of 'audit culture' and isn't a big fan. In fact, he calls the use of accountancy techniques and metrics to manage our universities, health services, and funding institutions, 'the creeping problem of our age'. He highlights this in a just published book called 'The death of the public university - uncertain futures for higher education in the knowledge economy'. Another example he points to is China's social credit rating system, where by 2020, everyone will be enrolled in a vast national database with a single number ranking for each citizen. The University of Auckland Professor of Social Anthropology, has just been awarded the Royal Society's Mason Durie Medal for his contributions to political anthropology and the study of organisations, governance and power.

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NZ's top 200 tech companies top $10 billion

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

New Zealand's top performing tech firms are the country's third largest source of overseas revenue, behind tourism and dairy, with an estimated foreign revenue of more than 7-billion dollars, according to the annual Technology Industry Analysis (TIN) report. Kathryn Ryan talks with report editor Greg Shanahan about the growth in the sector.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Media commentator Gavin Ellis on Sean Plunket's decision to resign from the Broadcasting Standards Authority as well as coverage of the High Court action to overturn the Commerce Commission's scuttling of NZME/Stuff merger plans. Gavin Ellis can be contacted on

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Mindful tech vs the compulsive check

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:20:00 +1300

When you next go to grab your phone, take a moment to notice how you're feeling. The more conscious you are of what drives the impulse, the more you'll see the 'space for choice' in these moments, says David Levy, computer scientist, self-taught bookbinder and the author of Mindful Tech.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Rod Oram talks to Kathryn about the probability Fletcher Building will have a for a difficult AGM next week, ANZ's loss on its lending to Inteuri, the failed education provider and Stephen Tindall takes a leave of absence from The Warehouse board to chair Team NZ.

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Book review - "Sour Heart" by Jenny Zhang

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:42:00 +1300

Jenna Todd from time out bookstore reviews Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, published by Bloomsbury.

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Florenz Maxwell: Bermuda's theatre boycott heroine

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:06:00 +1300

Florenz Maxwell is a Bermudian author and activist who was part of the underground group that successfully ended segregation through a series of theatre boycotts in 1959. She's just published a young adult novel called Girlcott, a coming-of-age story about a young girl who learns about segregation and racism through the actions of the Progressive Group. Florenz talks to Kathryn Ryan about her own experiences of inequality from growing up in Bermuda, and where the country currently stands in terms of race relations.

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USA correspondent, Steve Almond

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:53:00 +1300

Steve Almond talks to Kathryn about the President's continued push to sabotage Obamacare and Obama's legacy, Trump's reaction to the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the wildfires in California.

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Antarctica's contribution to sea-level rise

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:42:00 +1300

Antarctica is shrinking, and thanks to advances in computer modelling and data analysis, we now know that its ice is contributing to global sea-level rise, an international climate expert says.

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Are disability organisations overlooking their own?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:25:00 +1300

Does the disability sector in New Zealand do enough to employ people with disabilities into senior roles within its own organisations? Kathryn speaks to Pam MacNeill, who is blind and says progress has been too slow. She wants to see a greater push to have more people with disabilities into roles where they can lead and manage their own sector. Also joining Kathryn is Grant Cleland, the chief executive of Workbridge, a specialist employment service for people with disabilites. Grant is a wheelchair user, and talks about the challenges facing people with disabilities getting into leadership roles.

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Shock over death of Panama papers lead journalist in Malta

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

There's shock and anger in Malta as news spreads about the death in a car bomb of the Maltese journalist and blogger who led the investigation into the Panama Papers scandal. Daphne Caruana Galizia died overnight when a powerful explosive device blew her car into pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field. She spoke to Nine to Noon last April. Her most recent revelations pointed the finger at Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan. David Thake is a former Nationalist party general election candidate and radio presenter in Malta, who knew Daphne Caruana Galizia well.

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Urbanist Bill McKay

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:48:00 +1300

Life is getting faster and more complicated but how easy are we making it to navigate the urban environment? Bill McKay is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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Nuts for nuts

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:32:00 +1300

Newly picked nuts are the way to go, say Marlborough nut grower Jenny Horwell and food writer Jan Bilton. Jan shares recipes for Orange Walnut Cake and Hazelnut Chicken.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

The New Zealand First board meets to determine the make up of the next government, amid calls for a more formal process for coalition negotiations.

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Book review - "The Inner Life of Animals" by Peter Wohlleben

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:42:00 +1300

Niki Ward from Ekor Bookshop reviews The Inner Life of Animals - Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben, published by Penguin Random House NZ.

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Could Auckland be a world leader in urban agriculture?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:14:00 +1300

Auckland's 'green infrastructure' should include agricultural spaces - not only for food security but so it is a vibrant, livable city of the future, says Dr Clive Cornford from the Manukau Institute of Technology.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:51:00 +1300

The clock is ticking for the head of Spain's Catalonia region, amid pressure to clarify position on independence; and Austria is set to elect the European Union's youngest-ever leader and move to the right amid an immigration debate.

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Is the OE just for the young?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:36:00 +1300

The kiwi tradition of the OE, where young people go off overseas to travel and work, is an accepted part of many New Zealanders CVs. But workers who go on an OE later in life may not be considered in such a favourable light. AUT School of Management Senior Lecturer, Barbara Myers, has just completed a piece of research on older women in their 50s and 60s, who've opted to take a career break and travel or work overseas, and the experience they've had upon returning home. She tells Kathryn many have struggled to find work, and employers need to change their attitudes.

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Digital agriculture has potential for "huge gains": AgResearch

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:23:00 +1300

AgResearch - one of the country's latest crown research institutes - says digital agriculture has the potential for huge gains in productivity, the environment and reducing the pressure on farmers. It's entering into a major programme to prepare the country for increased use of technology in farming - such as digital tracking of animals, measuring and monitoring of crops and virtual fencing. Kathryn talks with Research Director Greg Murison.

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Puerto Ricans resorting to desperate measures

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:08:00 +1300

The death toll has climbed to 48 in Puerto Rico and some people who desperately need water are getting it from hazardous sources. More than 35% of the island's residents -- American citizens -- remain without safe drinking water, with reports some residents are getting it from sealed or locked wells in specially designated "Superfund" hazardous waste sites. Cathy Kennedy is the team lead for 50 nurses from America's National Nurses United who've been sent to in Puerto Rico to help with the relief effort.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Alice Brine

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:47:00 +1300

A lighter look at the week, including why, if you're planning on parking your car at the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in order to hike the 19km trail, you will have to work really hard on your fitness. Hikers will have only four hours to do the 19km trail through the national park as parking restrictions come into force.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:34:00 +1300

The crucial intercontinental play-off matches (home and away) involving the All Whites and Peru, and English cricket's governing body considers a proposal that in theory could end rain interrupting play.

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New Music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

New releases from Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Beck have a common hand on the production tiller, while former Fur Patroller Julia Deans releases her first new music in seven years.

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Book review - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:39:00 +1300

Jane Westaway reviews 'Manhattan Beach' by Jennifer Egan, published by Hachette NZ.

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Revolutionising education for the world's poorest children

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:14:00 +1300

Bridge International Academies is attempting to fix the global education crisis in some of the most impoverished places on the planet. It's a chain of inexpensive private schools with the backing of tech giants Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Bridge operates over 500 schools and educates more than 100,000 children in India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Uganda. Through the use of technology it streamlines school administration, delivers lessons plan to teachers, facilitates classroom management and track the progress of both teachers and students in real time. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Bridge's Chief Academic Officer Sean Geraghty.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:50:00 +1300

This week a lawmaker in Seoul claimed that North Korean hackers had broken into the South Korean military's intranet and had stolen a huge trove of documents. What did they steal? China's Xi Jinping prepares for an important week amid signs he's been cleaning house before the big convention by purging key military officials, and scientists have figured out what makes durian smell so bad. New Zealander Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo.

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100 reasons why - new national art gallery

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Te Papa's revamped gallery space is to be called Toi Art, opening in March 2018. A taster for the new exhibition, in the form of a book promising a fresh approach to art appreciation, Ten x Ten: Art at Te Papa invites ten curators to each pick ten of their favourite works from the over-all collection and explain why they resonate. Ten x Ten Editor and Curator of Photography at Te Papa Athol McCredie tells Kathryn Ryan about the new book.

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Parents want more life skills taught at school

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:25:00 +1300

New Zealand parents want their children to be taught life skills as part of their education, however cultural influences, location and income all play a role in parental expectations of their child's academic success, according to a new study from the education funder, ASG and Monash University. Kathryn Ryan talks to Melanie Webber, who teaches at Auckland's Western Springs College, & is the Vice President of the PPTA & ASG's CEO John Velegrinis.

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Kiwi doctor spearheads global change

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:08:00 +1300

An Auckland doctor's push to bring the mental health and well-being of medics to the forefront has led the World Medical Association to amend the Declaration of Geneva - the vow made by all doctors worldwide upon entering the profession. Sam Hazledine has been calling for change after looking into the "alarming" rates of stress, burnout and suicide, which he says has contributed to an increase in medical errors. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Dr Hazledine from Chicago, where the amendment is expected to be ratified at an international meeting on Saturday 14th October.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullan

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Sarah McMullan reviews Blade Runner 2049, Seven Rivers Walking, Radio Dunedin: The Movie and the new Phillip K Dick adaption for Lightbox The Hood Maker.

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Spectrum Playgroup: a special place for kids with autism

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:29:00 +1300

After an autism diagnosis, every parent asks 'What next?' and most often the answer is 'Waiting list', says Cat Noakes-Duncan. So she set up a playgroup with a difference.

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New Technology with Robbie Allan

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Robbie Allan tells Kathryn Ryan about Google's new product offerings and how they compare to the new iPhones. Also what it all means for the future of Google and Apple.

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Book review -Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:39:00 +1300

Louise Ward from Havelock North's Wardini Books reviews Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, published by Penguin Random House. Also Frida Nilsson's The Ice Sea Pirates. Published by Gecko Press.

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Jane Harper: Force of Nature

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:11:00 +1300

There's no doubt that life has changed markedly for Jane Harper since winning the Victorian Premier's Literacy Award for an Unpublished Manuscript back in 2015. The manuscript evolved into her bestselling first novel, The Dry, selling in 27 countries, earning a slew of literary awards and grabbing the attention of Reese Witherspoon's production company who bought the film rights. She's just released her second novel, Force of Nature - the gripping crime drama about five women who have hiked into the Australian bush on a corporate retreat, but only four come out the other side.

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UK correspondent - Gerri Peev

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:50:00 +1300

UK correspondent Gerri Peev on British PM Theresa May dodging questions about whether she'd vote for Brexit again.

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The global decline of the honey bee

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:37:00 +1300

Working with bees that died as a result of pesticide drift, photographer and beekeeper Anne Noble is highlighting the global decline of the honey bee using their wings as a photogram. Anne Noble's exhibition 'Umbra' is part of Artweek Auckland that runs from 7-15th October. Anne Noble is a Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University Wellington, and she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to photography in 2003.

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Harvey Weinstein – how did this go on for decades?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +1300

As more allegations of sexual assault are coming out against the American film producer Harvey Weinstein, questions are now being asked how this could have gone on unreported for decades. Some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have voiced their disgust at the way he's said to have treated young women under his influence. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Brooks Barnes who has been reporting on this story for the New York Times from Los Angeles.

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Too long for gorge alternatives

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Tararua District Mayor Tracey Collis tells Kathryn Ryan six or seven years to improve a major road link through her district is way too long and will further harm businesses there. NZTA has unveiled four preferred options to replace the route through the Manawatu Gorge, one of the North Island's key routes linking the east and the west coasts. Mayor of Palmerston North Grant Smith favours the southern most route.

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Arts commentator - Courtney Johnston

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:46:00 +1300

A look at some of London's most renowned museums, and going mudlarking on the banks of the Thames.

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Jenny Abrahamson & John O'Malley: Castle Hill Runholders

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Insights into a lost way of live through the letters and paintings of early settler South Canterbury high country sheep farming brothers John and Charles Enys. "John and Charles Enys Castle Hill Runholders 1864-1891" author Jenny Abrahamson and photographer John O'Malley tell Kathryn Ryan the story behind their beautiful new book.

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Music with Yadana Saw

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Music 101's Yadana Saw takes a look at the neuroscience behind music and memory - including songs from Neil Diamond, OutKast and Patea Maori Club.

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Book review - All Our Secrets by Jennifer Lane

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:41:00 +1300

'All Our Secrets' by Jennifer Lane, reviewed by Louise O'Brien. Published by Rosa Mira.

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Richard Flanagan: 'People need truth as they need food and drink'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:06:00 +1300

Now more than ever we need the truths inherent in novels and the privacy and subversion of reading, says Booker Prize-winning Australian writer Richard Flanagan.

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Australia correspondent - Karen Middleton

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes a controversial speech on climate change; Australia's High Court has begun three days of hearings into the cases of seven parliamentarians found to have been dual citizens; a strong turnout so far in the postal vote on same-sex marriage; and the Socceroos have kept their World Cup qualifying hopes alive by defeating Syria 3-2 in extra time.

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Walking the long way home

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:40:00 +1300

New Zealand's long-distance tramping route, Te Araroa, has been described as the greatest adventure there is in this country - and should be on every Kiwi's bucket list. For Bruce Hopkins it is the inspiration and the location of a journey he's about to take over five months, to carry his father's and his brother's ashes south and eventually home to Stewart Island. Nine to Noon will follow Bruce's journey in a series of chapters in our reading segment from 13th November. The series, The Long Way Home, will also have its own webpage and will be downloadable as a podcast from 16th October.

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NZ's first plastic bottle recycling plant

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:22:00 +1300

For the first time in New Zealand, a Wellington factory is recycling plastic drink bottles into food trays. Until now, an estimated 200 million bottles made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) were crushed into bales and sent overseas every year.

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Catalan halts independence to pursue talks

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

The leader of the northern Spanish region of Catalonia has made a major speech, telling the region's parliament that it had won the right to be an independent country, but pulling back from declaring outright independence. Catalonia's president, Carles Puigdemont, urged parliament to suspend an independence declaration to give space for talks with Madrid. Sebastiaan Faber is a Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College in the US and author of the forthcoming book Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:43:00 +1300

Renewed media speculation prompted by the final election vote tally, the latest radio audience surveys and analysis of President Trumps' first 100 days from the Pew Research Centre. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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The changing face of New Zealand

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:28:00 +1300

Demographer, Professor Paul Spoonley talks about the changing face of New Zealand as Stats NZ's latest data shows how ethnic diversity will change the country in the next decade.

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Business commentator - Rod Oram

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

New Zealand's standing in the latest Global Competitiveness Rankings.

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Book review - "Sodden Downstream"

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Hannah August reviews "Sodden Downstream" by Brannavan Gnanalingam. Published by Lawrence and Gibson.

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Little Soldiers: Exploring China's polarising education system

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Lenora Chu was an American journalist working in Shanghai when she decided to enroll her three-year-old son in China's state-run public schools. What she discovered was a military-like education system driven by high-stakes testing, with teachers posting rankings in public, using bribes to reward students who comply, and shaming to isolate those who do not. She's documented the experience in a new book called Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School and the Global Race to Achieve.

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US correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein is fired by his own company, President Trump and the strained relationships with his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and Republican senator Bob Coker, and he goes out on his own to decertify the US deal with Iran.

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150 years of the brown trout

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:44:00 +1300

The brown trout was introduced to New Zealand 150 years ago today, but the freshwater 'sports fish' almost didn't make it here.

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Team NZ designer: How we won the Cup

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:34:00 +1300

From the finely tuned dagger boards to the complex foiling systems Team New Zealand's design boss Dan Bernasconi reveals how they won the America's Cup and how the future is monohull.

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Pro-gun Republican taken down by NRA

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

Debra Maggart was a proud gun owner and NRA life member whose family's business sold firearms. However her political career in the conservative state of Tennessee was destroyed by the gun lobby group, after she opposed an NRA-backed bill that would have let people living in the state to keep firearms in their parked vehicles wherever they went. She tells her story to Kathryn Ryan.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:48:00 +1300

Today is Columbus Day in the Americas, or Leif Erikson Day, if you prefer, or Indigenous Peoples Day or Native American Day - the variety of names indicative of the vexations inherent in commemorating the past. Kennedy Warne talks to Kathryn Ryan about whose past is being celebrated. Also, in a couple weeks New Zealand's newest commemoration will be held, the Raa Maumahara National Day of Commemoration, remembering the New Zealand wars.

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Finding French finesse in the Capital

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:33:00 +1300

French chef Laurent Loudeac talks to Kathryn Ryan about celebrating 10 years at Wellington's Hippopotamus restaurant. He shares his recipe for 'Salmon Sashimi My Way' his signature dish.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

How have the special vote results changed the dynamics of this year's election as the second round of coalition talks begin between New Zealand First and the National, Labour parties. And is the MMP working for New Zealand's smaller parties?

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Book review - "Munich" by Robert Harris

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Munich by Robert Harris, reviewed by Ralph McAllister.

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Ethiopian New Zealander with a vision for a bright future

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Chief executive of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, Yoseph Ayele is all about encouraging entrepreneurs and investors from New Zealand and overseas to work together and solve complex global problems. The Fellowship finds international candidates for the recently created Global Impact Visa - available exclusively to EHF Fellows. For New Zealanders there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from their global peers.

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German correspondent Thomas Sparrow

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:51:00 +1300

Germany's post election coalition talks and what the country's election results say about the state of German politics.

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New water quality tool

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:41:00 +1300

Geography programme director at Victoria University of Wellington, Bethanna Jackson, tells Kathryn Ryan about her Land Utilisation and Capability Indicator tool (LUCI) which is designed to manage nutrient loss into waterways. Dr Jackson started developing this tool in Wales, where she's been working since 2006 on flood prevention. Here in New Zealand she has developed the software to help farmers identify at-risk areas for nutrient loss.

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Tenants struggle to determine quake resilience

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:19:00 +1300

The capital has a tight rental accommodation market, and the peak demand season is just a few weeks from beginning. One prospective Wellington flat hunter, who'd experienced the Christchurch earthquake - including knowledge of the collapse, or partial collapse, of 3 buildings he'd previously lived in - has contacted us, frustrated at the lack of information available from landlords or letting agencies. What rights to information do tenants have?

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Ocean acidification threatening marine species

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

New Zealand scientists say climate change is slowly beginning to threaten sea life, in a new review on how marine species will fare in a warmer world. Measured by a reduction in sea water pH, ocean acidification is mostly driven by oceans absorbing and storing the increasing load of carbon dioxide that humans are pumping into the atmosphere. Kathryn Ryan speaks with one of the report's authors, associate professor of marine science Dr Chris Hepburn.

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The Week that Was with Te Radar and Irene Pink

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:49:00 +1300

A lighter look at the stories of the week including the 7-day gummy bear cleanse (yes it is real) ; and the coughing fit, the prankster and the falling back-drop, why British Prime Minister Theresa May wasn't laughing at her party's conference.

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Sports commentator - Brendan Telfer

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:37:00 +1300

An embarrassing number of defections of top rugby league players from the Kiwi Rugby League World Cup squad, the first of a four-match netball test series between New Zealand and Australia and what happens to the world's most famous and successful football club, Barcelona, if Catalonia declares its independence from Spain?

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Penguins Ate My Chips: a brash, lurching, and agreeably ramshackle record

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:10:00 +1300

Wellington band MarineVille's fourth album is such a ripper, a record company in Austria has just released it on vinyl. Grant Smithies gives his verdict.

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Book review - Elmet by Fiona Mozley,

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Unity Books Review: Elmet by Fiona Mozley, reviewed by Kiran Dass. Published by John Murray Originals

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Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist: Two Steps Forward

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:06:00 +1300

Australian husband and wife writers Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist have teamed up to write a book together after very successful individual careers. Graeme is the author of the runaway hit The Rosie Project, its sequel The Rosie Effect, and another book The Best of Adam Sharp. Anne Buist is a psychiatrist, chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and the author of the Natalie King psychological thriller series. The couple are great walkers, and it was while walking the Camino trail from Cluny in France to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, that the idea for the book they've written together was conceived. Two Steps Forward is a feel-good story of late-blooming love, the movie rights for which have been bought by Ellen DeGeneres and publishing rights sold in a number of countries.

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Pacific correspondent - Mike Field

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:51:00 +1300

Why the American ambassador doesn't need to lecture the Pacific on nuclear explosions; in Samoa the famed Aggie Grey's Hotel is being sold to a group of Chinese and New Zealand developers; and an Australian scientist discovers a giant tree living rat in the Solomon Islands.

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Capturing the huts of Scott and Shakleton

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:43:00 +1300

As the beginning of the Antarctic season gets underway, Nelson painter Sean Garwood talks to Kathryn Ryan about his oil painting project recording the intimate detail of life in the huts of Scott and Shakleton. His paintings are now the focus of a book, a Christchurch exhibition that's just opened, and an official set of New Zealand Post, Ross Dependency stamps.

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Oysters: Tests as nervous wait continues

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:26:00 +1300

Ministry for Primary Industries is currently testing wild oyster beds near Stewart Island to find out if the culling of farmed oysters has stopped the spread of the bonamia ostreae parasite. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Bluff Oyster farmer Rodney Clark, Wild Oyster producer Graham Barnes of Barnes Oysters, and MPI Response Manager David Yard.

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Patients 'terrified of mesh' driving fear of hernia surgery

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

Fear of transvaginal surgical mesh is driving patients to avoid modern hernia repair surgery says Christchurch Hospital surgeon Steven Kelly. He says surgical repair is the only effective treatment for abdominal hernias, and surgical mesh is the best option for long-term health. Mr Kelly's comments have been published in the latest issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal.

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Viewing - Sarah McMullan

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Sarah McMullen reviews The Battle of the Sexes, Kedi and TVNZ's The Last Post.

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Keeping kids safe online

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:31:00 +1300

Any IT retailer will help you buy parental control software, but the best firewalls are family values and a strong sense of self-worth, cybersecurity expert John Parsons says. 

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Sarah Putt talks about micro-credentials, Air New Zealand trialing digital humans, and what we want in a national Chief Technology Officer.

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Book review - Aotearoa The New Zealand Story by Gavin Bishop

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Rachel Eadie from Scorpio Books reviews 'Aotearoa The New Zealand Story' by Gavin Bishop. Published by Penguin Random House NZ.

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'Evil people don't wake up thinking 'What evil can I do today?'

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:06:00 +1300

Timothy Spall takes on his most dastardly character yet in the film adaptation of Margaret Mahy's novel The Changeover – Carmody Braque. He says it isn't his job to judge the people (or in Braque's case, vengeful spirits) that he plays.

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UK correspondent Tim Sculthorpe

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:52:00 +1300

Tim Sculthorpe on Theresa May closing the Conservative Party conference setting out her plans in the aftermath of the election disaster.

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Calls for NZ to get serious about wildlife crime trafficking

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:37:00 +1300

While New Zealand may seem very far away from elephant and rhino country - it is not imnune to trafficking. Fiona Gordon was the lead researcher and co-author of the 2016 "Under the Hammer" report, a 9-month investigation, published by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, into the ivory and rhino horn trade in Australia and New Zealand. She says the Pacific is increasingly becoming a source and transit region for illegal wildlife trafficking, and Australia and New Zealand should take a lead.

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Coalition negotiations start

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:25:00 +1300

The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has confirmed he will meet with National and Labour in Wellington today to start coalition talks. RNZ's Political editor Jane Patterson talks to Kathryn Ryan.

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Rex Tillerson & the speculation over his resignation

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has denied reports that he has considered resigning and has publicly reaffirmed his support for Donald Trump. At a hastily arranged news conference, Mr Tillerson brushed aside a question on whether he had referred to the President as a moron. Kathryn talks to Politico's Senior White House reporter Josh Gerstein.

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Science commentator - Professor Kathy Campbell

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:48:00 +1300

A look at Cassini Spacecraft's final moments before it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere; powerful earth forces and their consequences; and Elon Musk predicts rockets will one day be able to fly people from New York to Shanghai in just 39 minutes.

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Nga Haerenga: The New Zealand Cycle Trails

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:33:00 +1300

A cycling boom has hit New Zealand, helped along by the introduction of more than 1,000 kilometres of new trails being built since 2010. What were just two-multi day trails has morphed into 22 custom-built Great Rides, and a 3,000 kilometre length of New Zealand cycling route called Tour Aotearoa - from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the well-known cycling author, Jonathan Kennett, who's documented this in the updated and revised book, The New Zealand Cycle Trails.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:07:00 +1300

A look back at the influence of Dunedin Sound, with music from The Clean, The Verlaines and The Chills.

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Book review - Islands of the Gulf

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 10:39:00 +1300

'Islands of the Gulf' by Shirley Maddock and Don Whyte, reviewed by David Hill. Published by HarperCollins.

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Outdoor work gives young offenders a path out of crime

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 10:07:00 +1300

An outdoor work programme called The Skill Mill is giving teenage offenders in the UK an opportunity to gain qualifications and eventually enter the job market.

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Australia correspondent Bernard Keane

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:49:00 +1300

The marriage equality debate continues after the Macklemore controversy; and more evidence that Manus Island detainees haven't been provided with basic mental health services after the death of another detainee.

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FMA warning investors about dodgy deals

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:34:00 +1300

The country's investment watchdog is urging investors to be aware of the risks of investing with off-shore, unlicensed providers after a Bay of Plenty woman was left $7,000 out of pocket after falling for a dodgy scheme. The woman had clicked on an advert after reading an article on Yahoo! about how billionaire Sir Richard Branson had made money. But after asking to pull out of the investment, the broker refused to refund her deposit, and has since had no money returned to her. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Paul Gregory from the Financial Markets Authority about how to avoid such scams.

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Spain's King calls for unity amid Catalan crisis

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:08:00 +1300

King Felipe of Spain has accused the Catalan authorities of disloyalty for organising an illegal independence referendum on Sunday. In his televised address to the nation, he said Spain was in a very serious situation. Kathryn Ryan talks to Josep-Maria Terricabras who is a Catalan MEP, and a member of the group in the European parliament dealing with the Brexit process. He is also a member of the Catalan National Assembly, which wants to see Catalonia become a new European state. Catalonia has 7.5 million inhabitants, about as many as Bulgaria. The Catalan, in their prosperous region in North-Eastern Spain, speak their own language. Ambitions to become independent have been there for decades.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:44:00 +1300

Gavin Ellis talks to Kathryn about a new study shows high levels of trust in traditional news media and raised a very large question about Facebook. Also a new hyper-local website started in Auckland by a veteran newsman may provide a template for elsewhere. Gavin is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Emergency Response: Life, Death and Helicopters

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:22:00 +1300

Originally from New York, veteran rescue helicopter crewman Dave Greenberg has called New Zealand home since 1990. He has flown nearly 4,000 missions with the Wellington-based rescue helicopter over 25 years and has documented many of his experiences in his new book, Emergency Response: Life, Death and Helicopters.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +1300

The Social Enterprise World Forum that drew some 1,600 delegates to Christchurch last week, and what's happening with social enterprises in New Zealand.

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Book review - "Double Exposure" by Brian Johnstone

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:35:00 +1300

"Double Exposure" by Brian Johnstone, reviewed by Ian Johnstone, published by Saraband.

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