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Preview: Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan

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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


Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:46:00 +1300

Mindfood celebrates its 10th birthday this month with a 320-page issue. And Gavin has an example of good newspaper journalism. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Hiphop & Samoan oratory: brothers from another mother

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:23:00 +1300

Today's hip-hop 'battles' have interesting similarities with the art of traditional Samoan oratory (lauga), says music producer Anonymouz. He brings the two art forms into conversation in the upcoming show 4 Tha Lumana'i.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:06:00 +1300

Shell sells its NZ gas assets to OMV, an Austrian company - meanwhile the government's considering whether to offer any more oil and gas exploration blocks. And impact investing gains a toe-hold in New Zealand.

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Book review - Almost Love by Louise O'Neill

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:38:00 +1300

Charlotte Graham-McLay reviews Almost Love by Louise O'Neill, published by Hachette.

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Asne Seierstad: Two Sisters into the Syrian Jihad

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:12:00 +1300

Asne Seierstad is an accomplished writer, journalist and war correspondent, well known at home in Norway and abroad. She covered the Chechen war, the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the fall of Baghdad, and other conflicts in Serbia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, and has written a series of books set in conflict zones - including the 2002 bestseller, The Bookseller of Kabul. Her latest is called Two Sisters: Into the Syrian Jihad - a haunting book about two teeenage sisters who join the Syrian Jihad.

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:49:00 +1300

Topics for discussion: President Donald Trump appointment of New Zealander - Chris Liddell as deputy chief of staff; Trumps is once again making noises about firing Robert Mueller; James Comey hits the best seller lists and is a wave of Democrat victories about to start?

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Pink and White Terraces final location discovered

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:31:00 +1300

Researchers have found the final burial site of the famous Pink and White Terraces, 132 years after the Mt Tarawera eruption engulfed them. A full archaeological investigation kicked off in September, using non-invasive scanning to determine if the terraces are still intact. The data showed the terraces were next to the lake outside of the volcanic crater, meaning they could one day be drilled into and excavated and restored for the world to see. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Rex Bunn who led the recent investigation, co-authored last year's article in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Minister to Air NZ: Don’t neglect regions

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

The Minister for Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has criticised Air New Zealand for degrading its services to the regions. Mr Jones's comments come after Air New Zealand's abrupt withdrawal from flights into Kapiti - it gave the region just three weeks notice that it would pull out. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Minister Jones and with the mayors of Gisborne and Whangarei districts, Meng Foon and Sheryl Mai.

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Urban issues with Bill McKay

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:47:00 +1300

Bill McKay will be doing up a house he bought and telling us about it over the next year - today he discusses what to look out for when buying a house. Bill is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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Sticky Fingers Green Thumb

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:34:00 +1300

Baking and gardening tips all rolled up into one. Australian Hayley McKee is a self-taught baker and owner of Sticky Fingers Bakery. It's a made-to-order cake business known for inventive cake flavours made with vegetables, homegrown herbs, edible flowers and Australian native ingredients. She joins Kathryn with a recipe for Lavender and Bay Leaf shortbread.

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Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:07:00 +1300

A look back at a tough week for the Government, after they had to apologise for a sexual assault incident that took place at a Young Labour camp. Also, the Prime Minister isn't ruling out further measures against Russia over the UK nerve agent attack, including the expulsion of diplomats, after the government halted all efforts to restart trade talks. And the new government's expenses claims are revealed.

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Book review - Dancing Bears by Witold Szablowski

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:36:00 +1300

David Hill reviews Dancing Bears: True Stories about Longing for the Old Days by Witold Szablowski, published by Text Publishing.

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Rock stars of the classical music world

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:07:00 +1300

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are a dynamic piano duo, described as rock stars of the classical world, on a mission to make classical music relevant to today's audiences. From Mozart to Stravinsky, the Beatles and Leonard Cohen, Anderson & Roe play with explosive energy, usually on a single keyboard. They also have a huge global following for their dramatic self-produced music films and videos - some of which are set in public places. They're currently in the midst of a 10-concert New Zealand tour.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:55:00 +1300

The turnout will be crucial in the Russian elections, set to give Vladimir Putin a further six years in power; diplomatic crisis worsens between Russia and the UK over poisoning of spy; and the Slovakian Prime Minister resigns over journalist's murder but protesters insist on new elections.

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Will electricity network cope with projected growth of EVs?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:32:00 +1300

Electric vehicles are the way of the future, but will our electricity network and infrastructure be able to cope with the projected growth? And what will the increased uptake do to our electricity prices? Kathryn Ryan speaks with the author of the Concept Consulting Report, Simon Coates, chief executive of Mercury, Fraser Whineray, and head of ChargeNet, Steve West.

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The Uber Eats effect: restaurants bite back

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

It's been a year since Uber Eats arrived in New Zealand, but more and more restaurants saying the cut it takes is too high. Almost 700 businesses have signed up to the service, now available in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton. The Restaurant Association has been in talks with Uber Eats for more than six months now to reduce the 30-35 per cent cut its members pay, but they have not budged. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the chief executive of the Restaurant Association, Marisa Bidois, Mike Egan from Monsoon Poon, and the co-owner of Burger Burger in Auckland, Mimi Gilmour.

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The week that was with Pinky Agnew and Elisabeth Easther

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:50:00 +1300

The lighter stories of the week including the American student who failed her course because her professor refused to believe Australia is a country!

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:33:00 +1300

More stunning performances by Susie Bates as she helps steer the Whites Ferns to a series win over the current World Champions, and Nico Kirwan the son of a famous All Black is to become an All White.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:06:00 +1300

A cracking long-lost third album from soul/ R&B belter PP Arnold, some rip snorting NZ garage/psych rock, the fourth album from Swedish sisters First Aid Kit and an indie dance floor classic celebrating its 35th birthday are spinning Jeremy Taylor's wheels this week.

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Book review - The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:40:00 +1300

Susanna Andrew from Unity Books reviews The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne, published by Penguin.

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The photo ark of the world's captive species

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:14:00 +1300

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore decided on an ambitious goal 13 years ago. Sartore is the founder of Photo Ark a project to photograph the world's 12,000 captive species to draw attention to how quickly some of them are disappearing from the planet.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:50:00 +1300

President Xi Jingping seeks to exert even more control in China at the National People's Congress.

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Backyard kōrero aims to heal Tamaki housing divisions

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:37:00 +1300

Tamati Patuwai is inviting people to come to his own back yard in Glen Innes to take part in an "artivist" project that explores the impact of the housing redevelopment in the Tamaki area of Auckland. Home Fires is part of Auckland Art Festival's wider Whanui project. It will run from 21st to the 24th March on Fenchurch Street, Glen Innes.

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Dunedin is latest council to target short term room lets

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:20:00 +1300

People who rent out their houses or rooms in Dunedin could soon be in line for a rates increase. A council investigation is looking into a new rating method for rooms being let out through services like Airbnb. If the move goes ahead Dunedin would follow in the footsteps of Auckland, Queenstown and Rotoura. Mike Lord is a Dunedin Councillor & Chairman of the rates working party and Rachel Shadbolt is from Hospitality New Zealand.

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Russia sanctions - how will Moscow respond?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

The United States has imposed sanctions on 19 Russian organisations and individuals, accusing them of cyber-attacks and meddling in the 2016 US election. It's being described in Washington as the strongest action taken so far by the Trump administration against Moscow. So what will Russia do now? The Guardian's Moscow correspondent Andrew Roth.

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Viewing with Tamar Munch

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:49:00 +1300

Tamar Munch has been watching new drama series based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book of the same name, The Looming Tower; Netflix original series Queer Eye, reboot of Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Living Biblically: a new US sitcom in which Chip Curry, a modern-day man at a crossroads in his life, decides to live strictly in accordance with the Bible.

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Breaking beauty stereotypes for teens

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:26:00 +1300

How do teenagers navigate the messages bombarding them everyday about what they should look like? Marketing images encouraging them to be thinner, tanned, sophisticated, blemish free and sexy. Angela Barnett is an Auckland writer and founder of the body positivity website Fabik. She's developed a talk called Pretty Smart, which she's taking into schools, talking to teens about how the industry works, and how to spot what's real and what's not. [image_crop:53470:full] no metadata

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New technology - Thijs Mourits

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:06:00 +1300

Tech commentator Thijs Mourits on how the World Wide Web's inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has intimated he is somewhat disappointed with how the internet has turned out. Also, as part of Hearing Awareness Week, Thijs tried out a new pair of headphones and reports on their unexpected effects.

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Book review - Young Queen by Parris Goebel

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:39:00 +1300

Sonja de Friez reviews Young Queen by Parris Goebel, published by Mary Egan Publishing.

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Jesse Blackadder: Sixty Seconds

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:07:00 +1300

Award-winning Australian author Jesse Blackadder says if her new novel helps raise awareness of the risks of children drowning that will be a bonus. She speaks to Kathryn Ryan about her new novel Sixty Seconds, which is based on her two year old sister Lucie's death by drowning in the family swimming pool. Sixty Seconds is centered on a tragedy, but ultimately Jesse says it's a novel about hope and resilience. Jesse is an award winning historical novelist, with books including The Raven's Heart, about Mary Queen of Scots, based on the non-fictional Elizabethan Blackadder family (her own ancestors in fact), and Chasing the Light, about Ingrid Christensen, the first woman to arrive in Antarctica. Jesse Blackadder is a guest of the Auckland Writers Festival, which runs 15-20 May. She is also running a writing retreat from 11-14 May 2018 in Nelson.

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UK correspondent Kate Adie

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:50:00 +1300

Kate Adie on the escalating diplomatic crisis over the nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, also the death of Stephen Hawking.

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Auckland Council set to issue green bonds

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:25:00 +1300

Auckland Council will be the first local authority in the country to issue Green Bonds to raise funds to pay for infrastructure projects, agreeing this week to establish a Green Bond framework. Kathryn Ryan talks to the authority's Finance and Performance Committee Chair, Councillor Ross Clow, and Sam Lindsay who is an impact investment specialist and the co-author of a soon-to-released report on climate finance in New Zealand. He is also director of Mohio Research, a consultancy that's developing an environmental impact bond to unlock finance for establishing permanent native forest on erosion-prone land.

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Developer disappointed with Air NZ over Kāpiti move

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

The businessman who spent millions developing Kāpiti airport and attracting Air New Zealand to fly there from Auckland says he's disappointed at the carrier's decision to scrap the service.

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Jordan Peterson: His 12 rules for a chaotic world

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:25:00 +1300

Two years ago few people knew Jordan Peterson's name. Now he's either, depending on your stance, the public intellectual de jour or the acceptable face of alt-right cultural warriors.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:06:00 +1300

Musicologist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago, Graeme Downes, takes a look at the latest album from Christchurch's Salad Boys, This Is Glue - the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Metalmania.

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Daniel Ellsberg: US nuclear planning 'insane'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:07:00 +1300

The US whistleblower who leaked top-secret documents The Pentagon Papers in a bid to end the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg talks to Kathryn Ryan about laying bare America's 70 year long nuclear war policy; summing it up as "mad, insane, criminal." His book The Doomsday Machine, Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, draws on inside knowledge to expose a history of nuclear ambition, capability, and intention. He lists 25 occasions between 1945 and 1996 when US presidents either threatened enemies with nuclear weapons, or secretly considered firing them.

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Book review - The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:54:00 +1300

Quentin Johnson reviews The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton, published by Penguin Random House NZ.

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Legal commentator Charles McGuinness

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:51:00 +1300

Employment lawyer Charles McGuinness discusses collective agreements, who is covered by them, what protections they offer and what a new Bill before Parliament will change.

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Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:42:00 +1300

The banking royal commission opens with a bang; retirees are under fire on the election battleground; and a public debate has erupted over the problems caused by Australia's soaring population growth.

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Vulnerable transient population the size of Hamilton

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:20:00 +1300

New research shows roughly 150,000 people are considered to be 'vulnerable transient' - a burgeoning trend that Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling a national emergency. The country's housing shortage is being tipped as one of major the factors, and social services are urging communities and government agencies to work together to solve the burgeoning issue. The AUT report says females and Maori are most likely to fall into this category. Kathryn speaks with the report's co-author, Gail Pacheco, who is a professor in economics at the Auckland University of Technology and director of the New Zealand Work Research Institute.

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Rex Tillerson fired - where to for US foreign policy?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

Fourteen months into the job, Rex Tillerson the American Secretary of State, has been fired. In a tweet this morning, President Trump announced the appointment of CIA head Mike Pompeo into the top diplomatic role. Kathryn talks with Robbie Gramer from Foreign Policy magazine in Washington DC, who's just been at Rex Tillerson's media conference at the State Department.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:47:00 +1300

This week, Gavin has been looking into the curious case of Alberic Whale - and the efforts by the Spinoff and Stuff to pin down this mercurial entrepreneur. Also, the demise of New Music Express - had it passed its use-by date? Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Author Fleur Beale on her new work, Lyla

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:20:00 +1300

Fleur Beale is one of New Zealand's most prolific authors and the winner of many awards for children and young adult books. Her latest work is a novel that tells the story of a young girl who experienced the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. It's part of an international series called Through my Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones, which is a series written by different authors focusing on war zones and disasters throughout the world. Fleur's book is based on real accounts of what happened in Christchurch told through the eyes of a young girl, Lyla. Fleur, who has won the Margaret Mahy Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's writing, and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature, joins Kathryn to talk about her latest work, and why young adult fiction is the best and the process of getting a story right.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:06:00 +1300

Rod Oram has more on Insurer CBL's liquidation as the story around its demise gets ever more complex; Fonterra invests in a German food startup but reveals nothing about the scale of its investment and LanzaTech, NZ-born but US-raised tech company, once again it's the standout among listings of top biofuel companies.

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Book review - Money in the Morgue by Stella Duffy

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:39:00 +1300

Kathryn Carmody reviews Money in the Morgue by Stella Duffy and Ngaio Marsh, published by HarperCollins.

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Alex Pressman: making money from seaweed

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:11:00 +1300

Alex Pressman is turning an invasive marine pest into a business. His company, Waikaitu, takes an invasive species of seaweed, wakame (undaria pinnatifida) and turns it into fertiliser, food and even bee tucker.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:50:00 +1300

US correspondent, Susan Milligan, on the proposed talks between the President and North Korea - is it an historical thaw in relations, or a meeting could never end up happening? Also, the hundreds of executive appointments, like Ambassador to South Korea, which are still vacant.

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Police probe suspicious break-ins targetting academic

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:32:00 +1300

The police have re-opened the investigation into the break-ins targetting a Christchurch academic, who has linked them to Chinese spies. Dr Anne-Marie Brady, who has published articles on China's global influence, believes Beijing was behind a break-in at her home last month and at her office last last year. The Prime Minister and Minister for Security and Intelligence Jacinda Ardern has said she is seeking further information about the burglaries. Dr Brady has recently appeared before the Australian Parliament's intelligence and security committee considering a range of measures to combat foreign influence. She tells Kathryn Ryan New Zealand needs to follow suit.

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Long-awaited youth hub on the way for vulnerable Cantabrians

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:11:00 +1300

Desperately needed medical, mental health and housing support is finally on the way for vulnerable youth in Canterbury in what will become a one-stop-shop service. Once built, it will bring together several specialist youth services, including Dr Sue Bagshaw's 298 Youth Health medical centre, an employment agency, and youth activities organisation The White Elephant Trust. The Youth Hub Trust will also build accommodation for 20 youth in transition to more permanent housing. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Dr Bagshaw about the startling youth homeless statistics that led to the project.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:47:00 +1300

Outdoorsman Kennedy Warne has just come back from 10 days on the road guiding a National Geographic tour group through the country, and is en route to the South Island again to report on the Paparoa Great Walk, currently under construction.

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Eating Happy with Melissa Hemsley

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:32:00 +1300

Melissa Hemsley, half of sister duo, Hemsley + Hemsley, is all about delicious, nutritious food made with minimum fuss, and not too much to wash-up at the end! She has recipes for fried eggs, avocado & smoky bean tacos; and little chocolate pots. She and her sister Jasmine have their own café at Selfridges in London.

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Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:07:00 +1300

A look at National's new front bench following the departure of Steven Joyce; the politics of water; and the aftermath of the signing of the new look TPP trade deal.

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Book review - All The Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:38:00 +1300

Carole Beu from The Women's Bookshop reviews All The Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church, published by 4th Estate.

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Freddie Highmore: from Psycho to Savant

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:06:00 +1300

Freddie Highmore talks to Kathryn Ryan about playing Dr Shawn Murphy, of the massively popular TV drama The Good Doctor, screening on Lightbox. Here he plays a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who relocates from a quiet country life to join a San Jose Hospital's surgical unit, where one of his many, many challenges is his new colleagues' skepticism. Before endearing himself to audiences as this brilliant doctor, Freddie played Norman Bates in Bates Motel, the TV prequel to Psycho, to much acclaim. As a nine-year-old, he was cast in J.M. Barrie's biopic Finding Neverland alongside Johnny Depp, a year later starring as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Africa correspondent Debora Patta

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:50:00 +1300

Debora has the latest on the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls in Dapchi; big changes in South Africa with its new president Cyril Ramaphosa; and Cape Town could become the first modern city to run out of water following a severe drought.

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Slashing carbon emissions in healthcare

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:36:00 +1300

Counties Manukau DHB has reduced its carbon emissions by 21 per cent since 2012. This has happened through a number of measures including the use of reusable cups, commuter ride share programmes, using different anaesthetic gases and better recycling. That's been a saving of $500,000 in direct costs for CMDHB. Dr David Galler has been part of the team researching how to cut emissions at the DHB and on achieving a carbon neutral status by 2050. He joins Kathryn to talk about how this could be possible for the entire healthcare sector in New Zealand. Dr Galler is a member of the Orataiao the New Zealand Climate and Health Council, which is a group of health professionals calling for urgent action on climate change.

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Prezzy Card: 'the meanest in the business'

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:30:00 +1300

It's one of the most popular and flexible gift cards on offer, but Consumer NZ says shoppers need to be aware of the high number of fees that aren't easily visible. Earlier this month Kiwibank backed down to consumer pressure and is now extending the expiry date of its card from 12 to 24 months. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Consumer NZ's Head of Research, Jessica Wilson.

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New figures highlight midwife shortages

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

Figures released to Nine to Noon under the Official Information Act show that there are at least 72 vacant positions for midwives in hospital maternity wards around the country - more than 30 of them in Auckland alone. The College of Midwives believes the shortage is actually higher than the responses suggest, and say community midwives are also leaving the profession in droves, with many women unable to find care throughout their pregnancy. Chief Executive Karen Guilliland says the government simply has to fund the sector properly, and she's concerned at recent comments by the Health Minister questioning the sustainability of the whole model.

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

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:47:00 +1300

The lighter stories of the week including the Melbourne brewer who's filed an application to trademark the colour of beer.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:33:00 +1300

Brendan analyses the Black Caps' extraordinary win over England in Dunedin on Wednesday, and the Australian cricket team is once again caught in the middle of another unseemly 'sledging' row.

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:07:00 +1300

We get an earful of the high-gloss protest songs of Meghan "U.S. Girls" Remy, celebrate an upcoming one-off live gig by reformed Tokoroa funk legends Collision, and get more in touch with mother nature alongside trippy Auckland country collective, Magic Factory.

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Book review - What Are We Doing Here?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:42:00 +1300

Catriona Ferguson reviews What Are We Doing Here?: Essays by Marilynne Robinson, published by Hachette.

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Bill Robertson: getting the lay of the land

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:07:00 +1300

A former Director General of the Government Department of Survey and Land Information, Bill Robertson is a leading figure in surveying and mapping both here and overseas. He was instrumental in establishing many of New Zealand's coastal reserves and National Parks, and he's also used his expertise to help determine disputed international borders. Of Ngai Tahu descent Bill organised the production of 'A Maori Oral History Atlas'. In 2009 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to surveying, plus he has a mountain named after him in Antarctica. He has just been recognised by the University of Auckland in its Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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Pacific correspondent Johnny Blades

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:51:00 +1300

Yet another large quake hits Papua New Guinea; and Jacinda Ardern's whistle stop tour of the Pacific.

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The New Zealander leading change at the UN

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:32:00 +1300

New Zealander, Jan Beagle holds one of the most senior roles at the United Nations as Under Secretary General for Management. This year she is heading up a task-force recently announced by Secretary General, António Guterres, to address sexual harassment in the UN system. The task-force was created following a wave of reports about sexual harassment at the UN and other high profile aid agencies to address and prevent sexual harassment; how to investigate allegations; and look into the support and protection offered to victims. This role follows work at the UN programme tackling AIDS/HIV. These positions come after nearly 4 decades working in diplomatic roles for MFAT and the UN. She is back in New Zealand this week to receive an distinguished alumni award from the University of Auckland.

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"This is a fair deal for NZ" - new-look TPP signed

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:07:00 +1300

New Zealand has signed the controversial new-look Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal in Chile. Meanwhile in Washington, the US President Donald Trump is poised to push forward with plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, with China and Europe already threatening retaliation. Kathryn talks with the Trade Minister David Parker and RNZ Economics Correspondent Patrick O'Meara.

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Viewing with Lara Strongman

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:46:00 +1300

Lara Strongman reviews The Square: a black comedy about a contemporary art gallery, in cinemas today. Also Australian Spartan on TV2.

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When should a child learn to write?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:28:00 +1300

There’s no rush to learn to write and it shouldn’t be formally taught until the age of seven, says educator, researcher and parenting commentator, Nathan Mikaere-Wallis.

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:08:00 +1300

Sarah Putt discusses Vodafone's Sky Subscribers getting a new deal; the challenge to the copyright law; how streaming music service Spotify has filed to be publicly listed on the NYSE, and two major NZ tech influencers, Rod Drury and Steven Joyce, bow out.

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Book review - A Country Escape by Katie Fforde,

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:39:00 +1300

Harry Broad reviews A Country Escape by Katie Fforde, published by Penguin Random House NZ.

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Stanley Johnson - Brexit, Boris and writing thrillers

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:07:00 +1300

Stanley Johnson is a former British Conservative Member of the European parliament, an environmentalist and author. His latest novel is a thriller called Komromat, about Russian interference in the Brexit vote and the US presidential election. His son, Boris Johnson, is the British Foreign Secretary who led the Brexit campaign, while he campaigned to remain. He talks to Kathryn about Boris, Brexit and writing political thrillers.

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UK correspondent Harriet Line

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:52:00 +1300

Political reporter at the Press Association, Harriet Line, on the former Russian double agent Sergei Skirpal and his daughter who are fighting for their lives following their exposure to a nerve agent in an English cathedral city.

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Can taxes control the environmental costs of obesity?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:42:00 +1300

It's widely known that New Zealand is one of the fattest nations in the world, but new research has highlighted its detrimental effects on the environment. The University of Oregon report says factors like sprawl and transportation policy affect obesity rates. And consumption of energy-dense foods made from corn and soy, including meat, increases soil erosion and water pollution from fertiliser use. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Professor Roberta Mann about how the epidemic has led to increased carbon emissions and how it has exacerbated climate change.

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Three years, thousands of submissions, no one happy

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

After three years and thousands of submissions, there's still no plan for Marine Protected Areas on the South Island's south-east coast, with two competing proposals now kicked back to the government. Kathryn talks the chair of the South-East Marine Protection Forum, Maree Baker-Galloway, Forest and Bird's marine advocate, Anton van Helden, and the executive officer of the Otago Rock Lobster Association, Simon Gilmour.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:48:00 +1300

This week, scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks about the discovery of the oldest fossilised starchy snack ever found, and the proposal to classify adult-onset diabetes into not two but 5 different types.

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Mataatua Wharenui: ‘The story of that whare is the story of the people’

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:26:00 +1300

The remarkable story of a precious meeting house returned after more than a century is told in a new book co-authored by the Māori academic who played a major part in its return. Prominent writer and commentator Sir Hirini Moko Mead, 91, (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi) talks to Kathryn Ryan about Mataatua Wharenui - Te Whare i Hoki Mai - which relates the journey of one of New Zealand's foremost wharenui.

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Music with Yadana Saw

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:06:00 +1300

Music 101's Yadana Saw tells Kathryn Ryan what she's learned from nearly a quarter century of attending music festivals, featuring tunes from Dragon, Anderson Paak and My Bubba.

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Book review - Peach by Emma Glass

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:41:00 +1300

Jenna Todd from Time Out bookstore reviews Peach by Emma Glass, published by Bloomsbury.

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Francisco Cantu: 'Still I have nightmares'

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:12:00 +1300

A grandson of a Mexican immigrant, Francisco Cantu became a US Border Patrol agent at the age of 23, spending four years policing the frontier migrants risk their lives to cross.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:50:00 +1300

The scandal surrounding Australia's former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce refuses to die down, with doubts surfacing over the paternity of his girlfriend's unborn child; calls to ban hazing in Australian universities; Jacinda Ardern steals the show in Sydney; and the Australian Government is trying to work out what the impact will be of US President Donald Trump's proposed new tariff regime.

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Marmaduke Loke: a big step forward

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:36:00 +1300

US orthotic specialist Marmaduke Loke is fitting customised carbon fibre leg braces which are allowing polio survivors to walk properly for perhaps the first time in their lives. He tells Kathryn Ryan about these "blade runner" type orthotics, the only type in the world which help people walk by realigning bones in the foot and the leg. He's joined by polio survivor Gordon Jackman, chief executive of the Duncan Foundation, who says Marmaduke has taught him to walk.

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Michael Cullen - land tax, wealth tax, environment tax?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:08:00 +1300

Is a shake up of the tax system looming? How likely are new taxes such as a broader capital gains tax, environmental taxes, and wealth taxes? The government's tax working group, headed by former the finance minister Sir Michael Cullen, is about to deliver its first background paper and has opened public submissions. Sir Michael discusses some of the options with Kathryn.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:43:00 +1300

Gavin joins Kathryn and asks should the politically-connected be banned from media commentary? And he also looks at the latest readership figures - and NZME rightly trumpeted an increase for the Herald on Sunday. But why did it play with numbers to disguise the fact that the print readership of the daily Herald had dropped? Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Solving an art history mystery

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:25:00 +1300

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith has been on the trail of New Zealand artist E. Mervyn Taylor's lost or imperilled modernist murals. Both detective and restorer, based at Massey University's College of Creative Arts, Bronwyn is an investigative artist and researcher, and has edited a beautiful new book Wanted - The Search for the Modernist Murals of E.Mervyn Taylor telling the story of 12 his artworks. There's one in Radio New Zealand House, but like many others this mural was rescued from the brink of oblivion.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:11:00 +1300

Business commentator Rod Oram has more on the repercussions of Rod Drury stepping down at Xero and also Fonterra going to court to get an injunction against the media.

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NZ Books review - Summer Grass by Ginny Sullivan

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:39:00 +1300

Harry Ricketts reviews Summer Grass by Ginny Sullivan, published by Steele Roberts.

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Alan Hollinghurst: The Sparsholt Affair

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:07:00 +1300

A fictional sex scandal from the 1960s is at the heart of the latest novel by Alan Hollinghurst. Hollinghurst is considered one of Britain’s foremost writers. His satire of 1980s Britain at the height of Thatcherism The Line of Beauty  won the Man Booker Prize in 2004.

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:52:00 +1300

Steve Almond joins Kathryn with reaction to Trump's trade wars, the Oscars and a teachers strike in West Virginia - one of the most staunchly pro-Trump states in the US.

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Housing WOFs should be compulsory - UK expert

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:35:00 +1300

Housing warrants of fitness should be made compulsory, according to Professor David Ormandy, academic who led the development of the UK’s housing rating system.

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Free legal information through digital innovation

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:20:00 +1300

A team of Wellington developers has created a free resource for people who can't afford a lawyer but need to seek legal aid, through the use of artificial intelligence. The project will make information on tenancy law, employment law, and the law related to prisoners accessible to the more than 2 million New Zealanders who use Facebook every day. Kathryn talks to the developers, Geoffrey Roberts and Matthew Bartlett, the executive directors of a new initiative called Citizen AI, that Community Law Wellington is setting up to develop artificial intelligence projects for the public good.

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'Day activities' mooted for beggars in Wellington

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

A proposal to fund 'day activities' for beggars on the Capital's streets at the cost of a million dollars will be considered by Wellington City Council. The idea is to address anti-social and intimidating behaviour.

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Urban issues with Bill McKay?

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:50:00 +1300

What happens when you buy a house that used to be a P-Lab? And Upper Greys Avenue, the Housing NZ apartment building, is facing demolition. Bill McKay is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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Intrepid eating in Tokyo

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:31:00 +1300

Two New Zealanders have turned their love of Japanese cuisine into a business venture offering foodie tours to the country’s capital.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:07:00 +1300

A look at the recent National Party leadership shuffle - what will the makeup of the new Cabinet look like? And reaction to Jacinda Ardern's visit to Australia.

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Book review - Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:38:00 +1300

Graham Beattie reviews Still Me by Jojo Moyes, published by Penguin Random House.

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Bex Skerman: NZ's youngest female principal

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:10:00 +1300

Bex Skerman was 26 when she became New Zealand's youngest female school principal at a tiny primary school in Hawkes Bay. The community of Bridge Pa school near Hastings faces many challenges, not least from poverty, unemployment and fractured families. But the school role is now growing, and Bex Skerman, who's taught in Auckland and London, says she's lucky to be part of a such a special community.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:52:00 +1300

Italians vote in elections that could see 81-year-old Berlusconi return as a kingmaker, or see a 31-year-old become PM, and the latest reactions in Europe over Trump's threats and outbursts over import tariffs.

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Report: NCEA failing too many students

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:41:00 +1300

A new report from the New Zealand initiative is calling for a reform of NCEA because it is failing too many students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The think tank says too many young people are taking an easy path through qualifications, leaving school without the necessary skills. The report outlines that since the early 2000s, the country's 15-year-olds' reading and maths skills have declined, while NCEA pass rates have risen dramatically. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the report's author and former deputy principal and maths teacher from the UK, Briar Lipson.

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Only nine beds nationwide for most extreme addicts

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

A new law has come into force enabling the compulsory treatment of some of the most extreme alcohol and drug addicted patients, but only nine beds are funded for the whole country - all of them in Christchurch, and not all of them available for patients yet. The Substance Addiction Act, which replaces the 1966 Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act, was passed through parliament a year ago, and became law 12 days ago. It allows any third party, such as police, health services or family members to apply for a person to receive compulsory treatment, provided it is signed off by a specialist. Kathryn speaks with Wellington addiction clinician Roger Brooking; Salvation Army's National Director, Addictions, Lynette Hutson; and response from the Ministry of Health Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Dr John Crawshaw.

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The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:49:00 +1300

Our comedians look at the lighter stories of the week including the Canadian couple which adopted a Vietnamese potbellied pig from an animal shelter only to kill and eat her.

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