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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


The Week that Was with Te Radar and Alice Brine

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Comedians Alice Brine and Te Radar take a whimsical look back at the news of the week.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Brendan discusses the armed robbery of Kiwi racecar driver Scott Dixon, Kieran Read returning to his roots in South Auckland and more details which have been revealed about NZ's richest golf tournament... The $2 million NZ Women's Open.

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New Music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:05:00 +1200

A 50th anniversary reissue for the Beatles most celebrated and misunderstood record, a solo album from former Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, The Unthanks performing the songs of Nick Drake's Mum, and a thoroughly decent new album from rekindled grunge survivors The Afghan Whigs - Jeremy Taylor continues to be quietly chuffed with this year's crop of releases.

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Book review - Dear Ijeawele

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Niki Ward reviews Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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John McIntyre: champion of children's literature

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Every second Friday for 15 years, children's bookseller John McIntyre has discussed the latest releases for children on RNZ. But don't call him a reviewer - "I'm a cheerleader".

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:52:00 +1200

New Zealander Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo. Today she talks to Kathryn about continuing tensions in the South China Sea, martial law imposed in part of the Philippines by President Rodrigo Duterte and Taiwan's big step towards legalizing same sex marriage.

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He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite ? sandwich

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:46:00 +1200

Kraft, one of the world's biggest food brands, of which Vegemite is possibly the most famous, is to be phased out in Australia and New Zealand. But don't panic! The products will stay, it's just the Kraft name and logo that are being sidelined. However some branding experts are worried the change will confuse customers and sales may suffer. Kathryn Ryan talks to Valentyna Melnyk, a consumer behaviour expert from Massey University.

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Budget 2017: Steven Joyce

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:20:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks with Steven Joyce about his first budget.

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Budget 2017: who gets what?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan analyses Budget 2017 with CTU Economist and Policy Director, Bill Rosenberg and Kim Campbell of the Auckland Employers and Manufacturers' Association.

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TV Review: Lara Strongman

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Lara Strongman has been watching My Party Song on Maori TV, and All Change at Longleat on Prime.

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Chuck the one-use baby stuff - campaigner

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:31:00 +1200

With a practical ethos for parents with busy schedules, Kate Meads aka The Nappy Lady, has partnered with 40 councils to run workshops where she speaks about reducing waste and saving money.

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New Technology with Robbie Allan

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Robbie explains how driverless cars claimed their first CEO scalp, why Sky TV is on the ropes and a new high for Bitcoin.

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Book review - The Case Against Fragrance by Kate Grenville

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Jane Westaway reviews The Case Against Fragrance by Kate Grenville. Published by Text Publishging.

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The inside story of the Volkswagen scandal

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:09:00 +1200

When news of Volkswagen's 'clean diesel' fraud first broke in September 2015, it sent shockwaves around not only the automaker industry, but the world. The cover-up involving 11 million vehicles worldwide has so far cost the company US$25 billion, numerous resignations and several criminal charges. So, from the rise of 'the people's car' during the Nazi era to one of Germany's most trusted global brands, how did Volkswagen fall so far? Kathryn speaks with the author of Faster, Higher, Farther - The Inside Story of the Volkswagen Scandal, Jack Ewing.

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UK correspondent Matthew Parris

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Matthew discusses the latest news from the bombing in Manchester and the suspended election campaign.

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Michelle Connell: Off The Beaten Track

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:41:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan interviews Michele Connell, one of the founders of Off The Beaten Track, a new website which is hoping to offer an Air BnB-like service to private landowners who are happy to host tourists on their farms, vineyards and orchards.

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Global tech recruits sample Capital living

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:23:00 +1200

Wellington's global job seeker campaign, LookSee, attracted international headlines and applications from an incredible 48,000 prospective employees the tech sector. Just under 100 were chosen. They are here in the capital this week for job interviews and to meet with employers. Kathryn Ryan talks to would-be workers, Sean Fisher and Darren Kidd as well as David Jones from the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (Wreda).

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Public sector union welcomes investigation of Auditor General

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The public sector union says it's crucial that an investigation into how whistle blowers were treated at the Ministry of Transport gets to the bottom of what happened. Yesterday, Martin Matthews stood down as Auditor General - the top official auditing the public sector, while a review is conducted into his suitability for the role. The review will consider his conduct during a major fraud that was carried out by a senior manager, under his watch at the Transport Ministry.The State Services Commission also announced it is taking over an investigation into whether whistle blowers were forced out of the ministry by Harrison. Kathryn talks with PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay.

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Media law commentator Ursula Cheer

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Christchurch University media law lecturer, Ursula Cheer, talks about New Zealand's libelous blasphemy laws, how they've been used in the past and how they could be invoked in future.

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Fire in her belly, Cook Islands artist Miria George

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:28:00 +1200

New Zealand's only contemporary indigenous theatre and dance festival, Kia Mau, returns to the capital on Friday 2nd June with fire in its belly. Miria George (Te Arawa; Ngati Awa; Rarotonga & Atiu, Cook Islands) is a poet, and writer who has developed a new work for it called, Fire in the Water, Fire in the Sky. It addresses the effects of colonisation, christianity and climate change in the Pacific. The festival takes place between Friday 2nd June - Saturday 24th June, in venues across the Wellington region from Porirua to Wellington to Upper Hutt.

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The music of David Lynch

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Twin Peaks is back. And its soundtrack is as inventive and esoteric as ever. Kirsten Johnstone talks us through the influence director David Lynch has had on music over the past four decades.

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Book review - The Suicide Club by Sarah Quigley

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:38:00 +1200

Louise O'Brien reviews 'The Suicide Club' by Sarah Quigley. Published by Penguin Random House.

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Andrew Schulman: the healing power of Bach and the Beatles

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:09:00 +1200

Andrew Schulman is a professional concert-level eight string guitarist. He has played Carnegie Hall and the White House. He is also a medical musician. Andrew tells Kathryn Ryan how, as a member of the medical team at New York University's Langone Medical Center and Massachusettes' Berkshire Medical Center's intensive care units he plays his guitar to help patients and families at the bedside. Andrew and his doctors believe music helped him turn the corner when he himself was at a critical point in a coma.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:54:00 +1200

An arrest linked to Islamic State in South Australia, Pauline Hanson's One Nation party makes the headlines with allegations it planned to defraud taxpayers and the largest ever philanthropic donation from a living Australian

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What's the deal with "trading" water?

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:47:00 +1200

Last night a story broke about a Christchurch wool scourer with a consent to extract 1.5 billion litres of water being sold to a foreign company - which is likely to become New Zealand's second largest water bottler. Kathryn Ryan discusses the issue with Guy Salmon, executive director of the Ecologic Foundation.

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What is the future for the sheep industry?

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:28:00 +1200

Falling sheep numbers, meat works closures, low wool prices and a ban on fresh NZ lamb in some UK supermarkets - we look at the future for the sheep industry with Federated Farmers' meat and fibre chairman Rick Powdrell and to sheep farmer, and former chair of the now defunct Meat Industry Excellence farmer group, John McCarthy.

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Move to boost club sport numbers

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The tradition of club sports is engrained in New Zealand's culture. But in many communities, the amateur game is suffering because teams are recruiting players from out of town and bringing in professional coaches. It's what many are calling a blurring of the lines between club and professional sport. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Gordon Noble-Campbell, who has been a key driver in the newly formed New Zealand Amateur Sport Association, and Scott Pawson, who is the co-coach of the New Brighton Senior Club.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Kathryn talks to Gavin Ellis about The Guardian's investigation into Facebook's leaked internal manuals. It gives an unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm. Gavin is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Limitless with Support

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:27:00 +1200

Petone athlete Neelu Jennings was the first legally blind person to complete the Coast to Coast. She has climbed Mounts Aspiring and Kilimanjaro, and kayaked the Cook Straight. Neelu has just become the first blind person to complete the Crazyman in the multisport race's 27-year history. The long-time disability advocate tells Kathryn Ryan about her initiative "Limitless with Support" which aims to team able-bodied people up with people who have similar interests, but who may need a guiding hand.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:10:00 +1200

Rod Oram tackles this year's budget - what can we expect from Finance Minister Steven Joyce? Also, the dairy sector's performance on water quality.

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Multiple fatalities after reports of explosions at Manchester Arena

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Kathryn crosses to our UK correspondent Catheirne Drew with the latest after explosions were heard after an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

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Book review - Through the Lonesome Dark by Paddy Richardson

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Rae McGregor reviews 'Through the Lonesome Dark' by Paddy Richardson.

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The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:12:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Charlie English whose new book, The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu, tells the story of the librarians who saved hundreds of thousands of priceless manuscripts from Al Qaeda in 2013.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:53:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Susan Milligan about the repeal and replace bill that would replace Obamacare.

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To tip or not to tip...

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:46:00 +1200

The Deputy Prime Minister, Paula Bennett has suggested New Zealand should embrace tipping to improve the quality of service for tourists. Ms Bennett, who is also the Tourism Minister, made the comments in a letter to the New Zealand Herald and has been backed up by the Restaurant Association and the Hospitality Association. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Professor Michael Lynn,from Cornell University who's published more than 50 academic papers on the subject of tipping.

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Top scientists team up with NZ industry

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Two of the country's leading research institutes are linking up to give New Zealand businesses a helping hand with R&D. The McDiarmid Institute, which specialises in advanced materials and nanotechnology, and the Dodd-Walls Centre, which deals with photonic and quantum technologies have formed a partnership to tackle real world problems faced by local businesses. Kathryn Ryan speaks to the deputy director of the McDiarmid Institute Dr Justin Hodgkiss. Dr Hodgkiss also works as an associate investigator for the Dodd-Walls Centre.

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Commissioner needed to ensure 'transparency' at ACC

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

A new report into the Accident Compensation Corporation has found the number of people having their claims denied could be as high as 300,000 a year - that's more than triple the official figure. Kathryn Ryan speaks to the lead author of the report, Warren Forster, who says it's virtually impossible for ordinary people to understand the complex legal tests used by ACC to decide whether to fund treatment and compensation.   The full report is available at 

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Kennedy tells Kathryn about his most recent trip, travelling south through the islands, ending up in Otago to explore some of the Taieri River catchment inland from Dunedin. He is writing about the country's freshwater challenges, exploring possible solutions for the dilemma of declining freshwater quality.

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Best Pizza

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:29:00 +1200

Frank Pinello is owner of "Best Pizza" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He's been sampling the pizza culture from Brooklyn to Seoul, Chicago to New Haven. With pizza culture everywhere Frank shares the secrets of a good pizza with Kathryn Ryan.

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Political commentators Mike Williams & Rob Hosking

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Ahead of this week's budget our political commentators Mike Wiliams & Rob Hosking take a look at the lolly scramble thus far.

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Book review - The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Laura Caygill reviews 'The Lonely Hearts Hotel' by Heather O'Neill.

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Hell and high-water: Conrad Colman's epic solo adventure

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:11:00 +1200

Neither fierce storms, an on-board fire, a broken mast, running out of rations or falling overboard could deter Conrad Colman in his quest to sail solo around the world.  

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:48:00 +1200

European diplomats and politicians are anxiously getting ready for their first official meetings with the US President this week.

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Keeping up with tech savvy kids

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:40:00 +1200

The Mind Lab by Unitec, is about to kick off its second "Tech Toolbox" programme - a 10 week evening course for adults who want to stay ahead of the curve in the tech world. Over the course, they'll learn how to build a robot, create an Aumented Reality experience, code a computer game, 3D print an original creation, film, edit and upload a movie and build an electronic car. Kathryn Ryan talks with Rich Rowley, Education Director at The Mind Lab who says the feedback from parents and grandparents has been that they want to keep up with their tech-savvy kids.

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Rent bidding apps heading for NZ

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

A new rental app which allows tenants to bid against each other for a property is to be launched in New Zealand. Rentberry describes itself as a "price negotiation platform uniting tenants and landlords". It's one of a number of rental apps which are poised to enter the Australian market, and New Zealand soon after. Kathryn Ryan speaks with CEO Alex Lubinsky, Kayla Healey from the organisation Renters United, and Andrew King of the NZ Property Investors' Federation.

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The week that was with Te Radar & Michele A'Court

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:49:00 +1200

The chilli so hot that it can kill you, is to be used as an anaesthetic.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:29:00 +1200

A massive increase in prize-money for the world's leading female cricketers when the Women's Cricket World Cup gets under way in England in July is being described as a 'watershed moment' for the women's game.

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Music reviewer - Grant Smithies

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Thirty years on from their first spin 'round the block, Dunedin band Look Blue Go Purple are getting the deluxe reissue treatment on Flying Nun. Grant Smithies plays a few favourites from their new double LP, alongside a couple of dusty New Orleans classics from Professor Longhair and The Meters.

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Book review - 'First Love' by Gwendoline Riley

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:38:00 +1200

Kiran Dass from Unity Books reviews 'First Love' by Gwendoline Riley. Published by Granta.

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Canadian writer and artist Rupi Kaur

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:07:00 +1200

She burst onto the international literary scene in 2015, becoming a social media sensation and soaring to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list - and now Rupi Kaur is in New Zealand for this year's Auckland Writers Festival. Ms Kaur's self-published collection of poetry, milk and honey, and spoken word performances have introduced a new generation of readers into the world of poetry.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:53:00 +1200

Kava is bringing boom time for rural people across the South Pacific, uproar as Tonga's prime minister cancels the 2019 South Pacific Games, and a remarkable new photo book on the Germans in Samoa.

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The father and daughter beatboxers

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:39:00 +1200

The skilled beatboxing and sweet banter of Missouri father and daughter Nicole Paris and Ed Cage has made them stars of social media.

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One quarter of top 100 NZ companies still lack women directors

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:26:00 +1200

A quarter of the country's top 100 companies still have no women directors. The latest census of Women on Boards, undertaken by researchers at AUT, finds that those 25 companies without women at the top cover health, ariculture, food processing and insurance and finance. Kathryn Ryan talks with lead researcher, former Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Professor Judy McGregor.

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Is NZ's 'special bond' with Australia a thing of the past?

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks with Australian demographer, author and social commentator Bernard Salt about the mood in Australia towards migrants. The government there has recently tightened immigration rules and announced that permanent residents, including thousands of kiwi ex-pats, will pay full fees for university. What lies ahead for New Zealanders who've made the lucky country their home?

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Viewing - Sarah McMullan

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:50:00 +1200

Sarah McMullen reviews Alien: Covenant and American Housewife.

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Does NZ education policy align with recognised research?

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:29:00 +1200

Educator, researcher and parenting commentator Nathan Mikaere-Wallis of X Factor Education talks about the international research on what works in schools, and discusses how consistent New Zealand is with this research.

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New Technology: WannaCry - what and why?

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Paul Matthews reports on the 'wanna cry' cyber attacks wreaking havoc around the globe.

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Book review - What Cancer Taught Me by Jake Bailey

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:39:00 +1200

'What Cancer Taught Me' by Jake Bailey, reviewed by Rachel Eadie. Published by Penguin Random House.

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Waste not, want not

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:10:00 +1200

At the Edinburgh Remakery, people learn how to mend their own furniture, textiles, phones and computers. Sophie Unwin is the founder and the 2016 UK Entrepreneur of the Year.

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UK correspondent - Tim Sculthorpe

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Tim Sculthorpe on how Tony Blair's allies are plotting to create a new party if the election doesn't go Labour's way.

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Demand grows for curtain banks as winter bites

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:38:00 +1200

Poor housing stock, bad weather and the fact that many landlords are not motivated to upgrade their properties are being blamed for a recent up-tick in demand for curtain banks around New Zealand. But unfortunately for the Dunedin Curtain Bank, it might be forced to close its doors in four weeks as operational funds run out. Meanwhile Wellington's Curtain Bank is predicting it is around 300 pairs short of meeting its demand this winter, and is calling for donations. Kathryn Ryan talks to Dunedin Curtain Bank trust manager Tess Trotter and Mirander Struthers the Healthy Homes Manager, for the Wellington region.

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Yes, you CAN complain about electricity and gas

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:26:00 +1200

Do you know your rights if you have a power complaint?  We're talking about things like savings that don't materialise, misleading bills, the quality of supply and problems with switching providers.  Utilities Disputes Commissioner Nanette Moreau says according to a recent UMR survey, only 6% of New Zealanders are aware they can complain about electricity and gas to Utilities Disputes.  Result -- consumers are left in the dark, outage-style. You can email or call 0800 22 33 40 with your complaint about electricity or gas.

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Extreme heat detected beneath the Southern Alps

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

New Zealand scientists drilling into the Alpine Fault on the West Coast have found much higher temperatures than expected - which as well as being scientifically exciting could also be commercially very significant for New Zealand. They've drilled nearly 900 metres into the Alpine Fault at Whataroa - finding geothermal conditions comparable with Taupo, but there are no volcanoes in Westland. Kathryn Ryan talks to Victoria University's John Townend.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:45:00 +1200

This week Siouxsie discusses a study showing three year olds can tell when someone isn't pulling their weight, a never seen before before look at cancer in action and a dangerous parasite in raw fish.

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Jail House Rocks

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:20:00 +1200

Claire Braiden is a Northland Region Men's Corrections Facility officer who came up with the idea of a prison band, and a Battle of the Bands concept for New Zealand Music Month. She tells Kathryn Ryan how performing music in prison is part of a rehabilitation programme - discovering potential, talent and giving prisoners new skills - with the aim of better reintegration on release from prison. "Sanity" is a prisoner and band member who writes and composes original lyrics, and Jhan Lindsay conducted a music masterclass with the prisoner band a couple of weeks ago.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:08:00 +1200

Graeme Downes, founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.

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Book review - House of Names

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Catriona Ferguson reviews the House of Names by Anita Shreve.

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Russ Rymer: When a language goes silent

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:08:00 +1200

Author, freelance journalist and former Guggenheim Fellow Russ Rymer talks to Kathryn Ryan about his award winning National Geographic investigation into the death of tribal languages. In his Auckland Writers Festival "Vanishing Voices" address he will calibrate what is lost when language of any kind goes silent. He is also appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival to talk about the long-form essay - exploring the art of pursuing and hanging onto a subject to craft a piece of creative non-fiction.

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Trump asked Comey to 'close Flynn probe'

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:08:00 +1200

US President Donald Trump has asked then-FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ties between then-White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, according to the New York Times.

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Australia Correspondent Bernard Keane

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Bernard Keane reports in on Liberal Party right-wingers being forced to swallow big spending and big borrowing as a matter of electoral survival. In response Labour proposes more tax for big earners.

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How do dingoes help dirt?

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:40:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Associate Professor Mike Letnic, the senior author of a study which has found the removal of dingoes from eastern Australia has negatively affected everything from vegetation cover to soil quality. He's suggesting a gigantic fence erected to keep the animals out of farmland should be removed.

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3D printed homes?

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:28:00 +1200

[image_crop:33970:full] Kathryn Ryan talks with Australian innovation scientist George Quezada about what developing technology will mean for the construction industry. He says we'll see 3D printed homes, increased use of robotic system, and virtual reality for training. [audio_play]

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Trump secrets leak: 'The most serious charge ever made against a sitting president'

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Claims that Donald Trump shared official secrets with Russia are the most serious ever levelled against a sitting president, a Harvard law professor says.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:43:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Gavin Ellis about the future of Fairfax Media and its New Zealand newspapers, also a new inquiry into fake news is announced in Australia. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Lisa Reihana and James Pinker: Emissaries

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:23:00 +1200

Digital artists Lisa Reihana and James Pinker tell Kathryn Ryan about the incredible experience representing New Zealand at this year's Venice Biennale with their multi-media installation Emissaries, which enjoyed its public opening over the weekend.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Tax changes for NZ property investors and Australian banks and this year's high tech awards.

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Book review - Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Charlotte Graham reviews 'Difficult Women' by Roxane Gay, published by Grove Press.

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The real life messages of teen fiction

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:11:00 +1200

Young adult author Jennifer Niven talks to Kathryn Ryan about giving teenagers a voice, tackling serious issues like mental illness, death and self-esteem. Her debut YA novel, 'All the Bright Places' was named 'Best Book of the Year' by Time Magazine, with the film adaptation starring Elle Fanning set for release this year- for which she also wrote the screenplay. Her latest YA novel, called 'Holding Up the Universe' explores what it means to be seen and the universal need to be wanted and understood. Jennifer Niven will be appearing at Auckland Writers Festival on Saturday 20th May.

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USA correspondent - Steve Almond

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:49:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Steve Almond about the ongoing fallout from President Trump's sacking of FBI chief, James Comey.

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Dairy NZ: time for celebration?

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:29:00 +1200

The dairy industry is celebrating the environmental achievements of farmers excluding stock from waterways. According to Dairy NZ's three year progress report on it's Water Accords the vast majority of farmers have now fenced farms out of significant waterways and virtually all stock crossings have bridges and culverts in place. But scientists point out that keeping cows out of rivers will do little to combat issues around contamination of aquifers and rivers from pollutants seeping through soils. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Dairy NZ's Chief Executive Dr Tim Mackle.

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Tourism: a credible career

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Tourism and hospitality careers are undervalued, despite being the country's largest export earner, and should be made University Entrance subjects again, a lecturer says.

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The design of workplaces and schools

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:48:00 +1200

In big offices the environment is becoming more casual/flexible/free-form and café-like. They go beyond the open plan and hot desking: interior design isn't about nice, comfortable spaces anymore but "business enablement", "mobilized working" and "activity based working". Urbanist Bill McKay discusses how new ways of working and learning is radically changing the design of our offices and schools.

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How hot is too hot? Chilli festival turns up the heat

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:33:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Josh Shotter the current two time New Zealand Chilli eating champion and hot sauce aficionado Clint Meyer who is the creator of Northland's Fire Dragon Chillies and one of the organisers of Auckland's Hot Sauce Festival which takes place on May 20th at Auckland's Sweatshop Brew Kitchen. Clint shares his recipe for Spicy Pho.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Matthew and Stephen discuss associate housing minister Alfred Ngaro's swift backdown and apology after he threatened Labour MP Willie Jackson could miss out on funding for Charter schools and other social programmes if he criticised the government.

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Book review - The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve Hachette

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:36:00 +1200

Lynne Browning reviews 'The Stars are Fire' by Anita Shreve Hachette.

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Computing the truth

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Professor Greenberg, from Victoria's School of Mathematics and Statistics, is a world-leading researcher in the area of mathematical logic - the part of mathematics that regards language as an object. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about the hopes for a mechanical way of producing knowledge about the world, how these hopes were crushed, and how from the ruins arose a new theory of computability.

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Breaking through the mysteries of Antarctic sea-ice

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:49:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to the University of Otago's sea-ice expert Professor Pat Langhorne. Sea-ice physics is a relatively new discipline, and there are many important questions that are still unanswered, such as: why is Antarctic sea ice not decreasing like Arctic sea ice? The answers to these questions are believed to be crucial to understanding the effects climate change is having on different parts of the continent.

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Suicide prevention planning by two DHBs

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:30:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to the Auckland and Waitemata DHBs suicide prevention programme manager, Manu Fotu about addressing the well being of whanau affected by suicide. Mr Fotu is one of 79 contributors to the book The Roaring Silence, which is a compendium of interviews, essays, poetry, art and prose about suicide.

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Are the wrong kind of houses being built in Auckland?

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Auckland needs between 13,000 and 14,000 new dwellings a year for three decades to meet and keep pace with the growing population. But John Tookey, Professor of Construction Engineering at AUT says the wrong kind of houses are being built in the city's growing subdivisions. Instead of lower cost, multi-unit developments, he says there are too many large, stand-alone, customised houses going up, because they're more profitable and less risky for developers and builders.

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The week that was with te Radar and Irene Pink

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:47:00 +1200

New Zealand's most unreliable library users and the vast amounts they owe, and KFC's first romance novella, Tender Wings of Desire, timed for mothers' day.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Brendan discusses the harsh penalties handed down to two senior members of the NZ rugby league team caught snorting cocaine, the Warriors lose their star signing, Kieran Foran and looks at the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Jeremy Taylor digests the sophomore album from Wellington-via-Berlin dance popsters Glass Vaults, and braces for the emotional heavy weather of Feist's first new music in five years.

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History worth telling

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:43:00 +1200

John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop talks with Kathryn about the huge importance of good books on New Zealand history for young people. He reviews Baston Point: 507 Days on Takaparawha by Tania Roxborough; and Into The White: Scott's Antarctic Odyssey by Joanna Grochocwicz.

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To the heart of China

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Rob Schmitz is one of the most acclaimed non-Chinese broadcast journalists reporting on China today as NPR's Shanghai correspondent. He has won several high profile journalism awards, but when he decided to write a book, it was to the lives of ordinary mainland Chinese he gravitated. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road. He's a guest of the Auckland Writers Festival.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:51:00 +1200

South Korea's new president, is China's "Belt and Road" initiative and Facebook's geo-blocking of a video of Thailand's new king.

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Keep it clean !

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:46:00 +1200

Wellington Rugby Union is hoping to a new programme being rolled out this weekend will see an improvement in sideline behavior by supporters. It's asking parents and other supporters of junior rugby teams to rate their counterparts' conduct after each game. Kathryn Ryan talks with Head of Community rugby for the Wellington union, Will Cacccia-Birch.

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Out With The Cold

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:39:00 +1200

With cold and flu season lurking, Dr Shaun Holt talks to Kathryn Ryan about prevention and treatment. Shaun is Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, advisor to several pharmaceutical companies and Scientific Director and founder of Honey Lab.

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Salmon stoush exposes RMA loophole

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to MPI's Luke Southorn and Gary Taylor from the Environmental Defence Society about a decision by the Ministry for Primary Industries to support King Salmon's bid to construct five new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Porn, God and Selfies - TV Review

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Tamar Munch has been watching Netflix documentary series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, Amazon Prime TV drama American Gods and Facebook's Comedian and Snapchat Dude Tom Sainsbury.

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Caring for new mothers in the first weeks

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:26:00 +1200

Post-partum doula, Jo Hogan talks to Kathryn Ryan about the importance of caring for not just babies but caring for mothers in the first 6 to 12 weeks after childbirth. Jo runs the BellaMama pregnancy wellness centre in Auckland.

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