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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 Grenfell Tower Fire – Could it Happen Here?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Bill McKay discusses the fire risk to your home in a medium or high-rise building. Bill McKay is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture at University of Auckland.

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Crispy, crunchy, salty, umami

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:36:00 +1200

It's munchie time, Japan style! Scott Hallsworth from London's Kurobuta restaurants showcases his inventive take on Japanese junk food. He shares his recipe for Chicken Kara-age Buns.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Matthew and Stephen compare the handling of two political scandals, the Todd Barclay affair and Labour's internship scheme.

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Book review - Snooze by Michael McGirr

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Leah McFall reviews 'Snooze' by Michael McGirr. Published by Text.

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Scotland's new Children's Commissioner

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:09:00 +1200

Scotland's newly appointed Children's Commissioner Bruce Adamson hails from Palmerston North. Bruce tells Lynn Freeman about the many challenges in his new role and how it shares similar issues faced by children in New Zealand. He thinks both are great places to grow up, but that we can learn a lot from each other.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:48:00 +1200

British Prime Minister Theresa May launches Brexit negotiations with the EU amid turmoil at home, and Portugal observes three days of national mourning after deadly forest fires fanned by a European heatwave.

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Publons: solving the problem of peer review

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:32:00 +1200

Typically researchers who review others work as part of the publication process get little or nothing in return, and with the rate of publication increasing publishers are struggling to find enough reviewers. Some unscrupulous operators are even using fake reviewers. A New Zealand start up called Publons has been trying to solve the problem by incentivising academics to carry out peer reviews. Lynn Freeman speaks Andrew Preston, one of the founders of Publons.

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Alarm raised about principal's burnout rate

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:09:00 +1200

A survey by the teachers and principals union NZEI has found principals report 70 percent higher rates of burnout and more than double the rate of stress compared to the general population. Rural principals reported 11 percent higher levels of burnout than those in urban areas. Lynn Freeman talks to Jane Corcoran, principal of Waiototara school in Southern Taranaki and Lynda Stuart, president of the NZEI and principal of May Road School in Auckland's Mt Roskill.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Alice Brine

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Twitter is having a field day now that Barbie's Ken is sporting a new hairdo, but is he a little late to the man bun party?

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Brendan Telfer predicts the sporting weekends outcomes.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor from Slow Boat Records welcomes back the baroque prog-folk of Fleet Foxes after an interminable six years, says 'Adios' to the great Glen Campbell, and is flabbergasted by the gloriously bonkers new offering from Kirin J. Callinan.

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Book review - Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:35:00 +1200

David Hill has been reading Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams.

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On the trail of snails

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Snails get a bad rap, says biodiversity scientist John Stanisic, aka 'The Snail Whisperer'. It's actually slugs who are largely responsible for munching up your vege patch, but they don't leave incriminating shells, he says.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:45:00 +1200

New Zealander Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo. What happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? The US Hosts Chinese representatives this week for talks; and the increasingly worrying language coming from Cambodia's president Hun Sen.

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Queen recognises Kiwi anti-cyberbullying initiative

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +1200

Kiwi anti-cyberbullying project Sticks 'n' Stones is getting the Royal seal of approval. Run almost entirely by young people for young people, the initiative was founded in Central Otago five years ago by then-schoolgirl sisters Courtney and Ashleigh Smith following a spate of suicides at their school. Nine to Noon covered this inspirational project last year, and since then Courtney has since received a Diana Award - the Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Inspirational Young People, for her efforts. Ashleigh, now an Otago Polytechnic Nursing 2nd year student, speaks to Lynn Freeman from Cambridge in the UK where she is to receive a "Queen's Young Leaders Award" from the Queen next week.

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NASA's daring mission to 'touch' the sun

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +1200

Next year a NASA spacecraft will travel to within 6.2 million kilometres of the sun – that's seven times closer than any spacecraft before it and close enough to get very, very hot.

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Police union warns of gang danger within the ranks

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1200

The Police Association says there have been multiple attempts by gangs to infiltrate the police and that efforts to pre-screen recruits need to be stepped up. The union's president, Chris Cahill, told Lynn Freeman the Headhunters corrupted a police officer who dealt meth a couple of years ago in West Auckland and gang members have tried to join the police force.

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Viewing - Lara Strongman

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Lara Strongman on TVNZ 1's UK thriller Apple Tree Yard and Duke's new political comedy talk show Banter, which launched earlier this week.

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Toitoi: a journal for young writers and artists

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:24:00 +1200

The quarterly journal Toitoi publishes work from writers and artists between 5 and 13 years old. A glance through it reveals how deep thinking and open-hearted our young people are, says editor Charlotte Gibbs.

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New technology - Mark Pesce

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Futurist, writer, educator and broadcaster Mark Pesce discusses Apple's new format allowing machine learning to be shared easily; how Facebook has taught a computer to lie; and just how far along the robot/human alliance is.

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Book review - Science of Soul

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Phil Vine reviews 'Science of Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist' by Richard Dawkins. Published by Penguin Random House.

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Poor People Poor Us

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Journalist Harry Broad tells Kathryn Ryan about his recent trip to Italy where his father John Broad's 1946 book Poor People Poor Us has been translated into Italian and turned into a Freedom Trail walk. The critically acclaimed book charts the seven months in the winter of 1943-44 when John and fellow New Zealand soldiers were hidden from the Germans in manure heaps and freezing caves by Italian peasants, who went out of their way at enormous risk to shelter freed prisoners of war.

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UK correspondent Matthew Parris

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:48:00 +1200

Matthew Parris reports on the start of Brexit talks, Tories leaking Theresa May has 10 days to secure her leadership, and the latest on the Finsbury Park mosque attack.

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What's the future for insurance?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:28:00 +1200

Dr Michael Naylor says 70 percent of jobs in the insurance industry are at risk from major technological disruption, but its not all bad news. He's expecting the overall number of people employed in the industry to rise as demand for cheaper software driven insurance products increases. Dr Naylor is the Senior Lecturer in Finance & Insurance at the School of Economics and Finance at Massey University and is currently writing a book about technological disruption in the insurance industry.

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Government tackles tyres

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:10:00 +1200

The government is to spend $19 million on a range of initiatives to recycle used tyres. Every year five million used car tyres are generated in New Zealand, 70 per cent of which end up in landfills or dumped or "stockpiled" on private land, with serious environmental impacts including fire risk, and the leaching of contaminants. Environment Minister Nick Smith tells Kathryn Ryan about the plan, the main part of which is to support tyres as fuel for in the manufacture of cement.

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Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Furniture designer Martino Gamper at City Gallery Wellington, co-collecting with Tongan high school students at Te Papa, and the lives of artists according to TV shows.

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Women in leadership, still long way to the top

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1200

There is still a long way to the top for many New Zealand women who continue to battle the invisible bias that limits their full career advancement.

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Had enough Lorde? Here's some other NZers making great pop music

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1200

In the wake of Lorde’s phenomenal album Melodrama, Kirsten Johnstone presents three other talented NZ women making geat pop music.

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NZ Book Review - Landfall

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Louise O'Brien reviews Landfall 233 from Otago University Press.

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Improving eye care in the Pacific

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Erna Takazawa is Samoa's sole optometrist. The-29-year-old was named the University of Auckland 2017 Young Alumna of the Year for her work developing optometry in Samoa, and for helping people with sight issues in the Pacific.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Karen reports in with the latest news from across the Tasman.

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Todd Barclay under pressure

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:45:00 +1200

RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson discusses the pressure on Clutha Southland MP Todd Barclay.

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Bowel screening set to be rolled out

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +1200

After years of lobbying, and a pilot programme in Auckland, a nation wide bowel screening programme is about to be rolled out.

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MPI faces angry Stewart Island locals over oysters

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +1200

Roughly 70 residents packed out Stewart Island's community hall last night to hear from Ministry for Primary Industries officials over the cull of the island's farmed oysters.

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Mounting anger from DHBs towards Health Ministry

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1200

There's widespread anger from District Health Boards over the Health Ministry's performance and the budget funds blunder.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:44:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Gavin Ellis about whether the news should be screened later in the evening, this follows some Broadcasting Standards Authority decisions. Also, a week-long New Zealand Herald series on crime shows how data analyses can bring crime statistics down to street level - your street, and next month the Nelson Mail follows the Marlborough Express to reduced publication schedules. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Jellyfish art with environmental undertones

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:25:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Australian visual artist Penelope Davis about her use of jellyfish sculptures to examine how marine life is being affected by environmental degradation.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about the Dairy industry's work plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farming, the OECD's latest report on the NZ economy and Amazon bids for US supermarket chain, Whole Foods

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Book review - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Quentin Johnson has been reading Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

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The evolution of beauty

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:10:00 +1200

How on earth could natural selection – Darwin's theory that it is fittest which survive – allow the peacock's tail to evolve?Because the survival of the prettiest is also at work in the natural world, says evolutionary ornithologist Richard Prum.

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USA correspondent - Susan Milligan

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:48:00 +1200

Susan Milligan with the latest from the US, including the ongoing conversation about congressional security, following last week's shooting of a US congressman and others at a Virginia baseball park.

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The impact of a city eruption on Auckland

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:38:00 +1200

Scientists are warning increasing intensification in Auckland is making the city more vulnerable to a volcanic eruption. Kathryn Ryan talks with Professor Shane Cronin of Auckland University who's just published a study showing a moderate eruption in the city could cost close to $10 billion.

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What is the future of kindergartens?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:15:00 +1200

The Auckland Kindergarten Association is proposing kindergartens extend to seven hours a day and throughout the school holidays. Worried parents think this will change the unique nature of kindergarten, costing families both financially and in terms of quality time spent with their children. AKA says this is in response to families' changing needs, lack of funding and survival in a competitive market. Kathryn Ryan speaks with AKA Chief Executive Tanya Harvey, along with Sarah Fleming, former Chairperson of Roskill South parents committee, who is campaigning against changes which she thinks could see kindergartens become more akin to daycare centres.

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Employment dispute involving MP Todd Barclay rears its head

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The employment dispute involving the back bench National MP Todd Barclay is coming back to haunt the party. The police investigated a complaint by a former long serving National party staff member in the Clutha Southland electorate, Glenys Dickson, that the MP had secretly recorded private and personal calls from her office.There are reports this morning of a confidential payment to Mrs Dickson, partially from the former Prime Minister John Key's leader's budget, and questions around what Bill English knew at the time. Kathryn speaks with RNZ's deputy political editor Chris Bramwell.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Kennedy Warne takes us on climb up Editor Hill and a walk through Alice's Restaurant.

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How to make gelato

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Three flavours of gelato from Taranaki's Lush Cafe won gold at this year's New Zealand Ice Cream Awards. Lush's Jo Eliason shares recipes for vanilla, milk chocolate and honey gelato.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Matthew and Mike discuss the polls and fundraising efforts leading up to this year's general election.

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Book review - Heloise by Mandy Hager

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Elisabeth Easther reviews 'Heloise' by Mandy Hager - Penguin Random House - Penguin Random.

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Actor Ben Mendelsohn on playing the villain

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:21:00 +1200

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn talks to Kathryn Ryan about his upcoming film Una, in which he plays a middle-aged man attempting to rebuild his life after running away 15 years earlier with a 12-year-old girl - a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. He also talks about his role as bad boy brother Danny Rayburn in the Netflix series Bloodline.

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Pilgrim Tucker on the failures of the Grenfell Tower and fire

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:06:00 +1200

An organiser who worked with residents of the Grenfell Tower in London says their concerns about fire safety and the standard of refurbishment work by contractors was routinely ignored.

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Africa correspondent Debora Patta

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:53:00 +1200

Deborah Patta reports in on a terror attack in Mali, email leaks from a wealthy family in South Africa who've been accused of acting as a criminal syndicate, and instability between Djibouti and Eritrea.

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'Nothing has been achieved' - anti-mesh campaigners

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:29:00 +1200

Three years after parliament's health select committee began inquiring into the use of surgical mesh, and a year since it made seven recommendations, anti-mesh campaigners say nothing has changed. In particular, they say surgeons are still using mesh without informing patients fully as to the risks, and no government agency has any idea how many surgeries are done using mesh, or what the outcomes are. Latest figures show ACC has received 780 claims for mesh injuries since 2005, at a cost of $12 million to the taxpayer, and in the last three years treatment injury claims have doubled. Kathryn talks with Charlotte Korte of the advocacy group Mesh Down Under, which is conducting a survey of mesh patients, to determine how many are suffering from complications; and the chair of the New Zealand branch of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr Ian Page.

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Alarm bells sounded over gaps in disaster resilience

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The former director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is highlighting gaps in New Zealand's approach to risk governance. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Elizabeth Longworth who says she is concerned at the country's lack of focus on avoiding, reducing and managing risk, rather than just emergency readiness and response. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand does not have an integrated database to measure the scale of loss and damage from natural disasters. She warns that without these crucial indicators New Zealand will continue to struggle to efficiently plan for major events like earthquakes, floods, droughts, and climate change related dangers.

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The week that was

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:47:00 +1200

With te Radar & Irene Pink.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:31:00 +1200

Brendan Telfer discusses Team New Zealand's chances in the America's Cup, looks ahead to tonights clash between the Lion's and the Maori All Blacks, and marvels at the achievement of Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus in the French Open doubles.

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Music reviewer - Grant Smithies

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Grant Smithies continues his burgeoning love-affair with early Australia punk bands this week with a reissue from Perth swamp-rock legends The Scientists, then attempts to calm down again with Iowa ambient-folkie Jen Gloeckner and New Jersey soul singer, Miles Bonny.

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Family secrets and literary poisonings

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:13:00 +1200

Gail Bell was a young woman when she heard her family's big secret about her grandfather, Dr William MacBeth. In 1927, he had killed two of his sons using strychnine in 1927, but was never charged with the crime. Gail, herself a chemist, spent ten years discovering the truth about her uncles' deaths and how corrosive and damaging secrets can be.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:49:00 +1200

Ramsi, the regional peacekeeping operation in the Solomon Islands ends this month after 14 years - has it been a success? Papua New Guinea's election gets heated and a NZ missionary deported, and what was the point of Prime Minister Bill English's Pacific trip this week?

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A bird in the bush

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:39:00 +1200

Steve Anderson has planted 17,000 native trees and shrubs across five hectares of his land in Ngatimoti, near Motueka.

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A big shake-up for the capital's bus fleet

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:24:00 +1200

Questions are being raised over whether the Wellington region can deliver on its ambitious plans for an environmentally friendly bus fleet.

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Geneticists join the fight against myrtle rust

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Geneticists are hoping to discover genes which could protect manuka trees from myrtle rust. 46 cases of myrtle rust have been recorded in Taranaki, Northland and Bay of Plenty with Ministry of Primary Industry Officials scrambling to prevent it from spreading further.

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Viewing - Paul Casserly

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:48:00 +1200

TV and Film writer Paul Casserly has been watching Netflix docu-series Keepers, about the unsolved murder of a nun in 1969, and TVNZ's multi night interactive tech extravaganza What Next.

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Ben Awa: Conscious parenting

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Ben Awa is on a mission to get dads into what he calls 'conscious parenting'. At Plunket's Improve for Change group in Wainuiomata, dads are working on themselves in order to strengthen relationships with tamariki and whanau.

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New technology - Paul Matthews

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Paul Matthews on artificial Intelligence coming to a court near you, Aussies rolling out mandatory privacy breach reporting, and big announcements from US tech this week.

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Book review - No Middle Name by Lee Child

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Graham Beattie reviews 'No Middle Name' by Lee Child. Published by Penguin Random House NZ.

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Vegan burger hits American meat aisles

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:10:00 +1200

Seth Goldman's Beyond Burger patties are the first plant-based product to be sold in the meat aisles of the supermarket chains Whole Foods and Safeway.

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UK correspondent - Kate Adie

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:48:00 +1200

Kate Adie with the latest on the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, and more fall-out from last Friday's disastrous general election result for PM Theresa May.

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Make way for the fourth industrial revolution

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +1200

When will the future arrive? According to the World Economic Forum we are already in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution... It's been dubbed the 'rise of the machines', but is the digital takeover here to steal our jobs, or help us move forward? Nicholas Davis, who is the head of the WEF society and innovation department talks to Kathryn Ryan about the potential consequences of the physical, digital and biological worlds merging.

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Auckland tenants stung for landlords' water fees

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:21:00 +1200

A tenant advocate and a lobby group for landlords are calling for an overhaul to Auckland's confusing system for allocating water rates. Under the current system, tenants pay the metered rate of water while landlords are liable for a fixed connection charge of about two hundred dollars a year. But in many cases landlords are passing the fixed part of the rates on to tenants - often not realising they are meant to pay it. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Andrew King, chief executive of the Property Investors' Federation and to Iain Davies, a budgeting advisor at Care Waitakere Trust.

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London fire - questions over cladding

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:10:00 +1200

At least 12 people are now confirmed dead after a blaze ripped through a 24-storey housing block in west London, trapping residents as they slept. How could this happen? Kathryn speaks with Jon O'Neill, Managing Director of the Fire Protection Association, the UK's national fire safety organisation, which says it's been lobbying against dangerous cladding for years.

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Science commentator Kathy Campbell

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Auckland University's professor Kathy Campell discusses the history of things invented by women, some new thinking about whether T-Rex had feathers and discoveries in the brand-new field of gravitational astronomy

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How has a nation of 4.5 million people become 'Rugby Country'?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:28:00 +1200

New Zealand is arguably the greatest rugby-playing country on the planet, but does the sport sum up much of what it means to be a New Zealander? After the game was founded toward the end of the 19th century in England, rugby slipped seamlessly into New Zealand alongside the settlers. Desmond Wood has explored how the country has maintained its status at the top of world rugby.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:07:00 +1200

This week Graeme continues his dissection of Sgt Pepper. Graeme Downes 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 Field Guide to Lies"

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:39:00 +1200

Jonathan Moses reviews 'A Field Guide to Lies, Critical Thinking in the Information Age' by Daniel J Levitin. Published by Penguin.

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The making of Barack Obama

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:07:00 +1200

David Garrow interviewed over 1,000 people for his biography Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama and discovered an incredibly disciplined man with a tendency to mythologise his own story.

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Australia correspondent Bernard Keane

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:51:00 +1200

A showdown is brewing between Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and former PM Tony Abbott over the future of coal-fired power stations.

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Students hiring teachers?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:39:00 +1200

New Waitara High School principal Daryl Warburton wants students to be more involved in the running of the school. So much so, he's got them helping to hire staff and taking over the running of the canteen. He tells Kathryn Ryan about his philosophy of fostering belonging and belief.

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Should online driver training programmes be mandatory?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The number of fatal car crashes caused by a learner driver has dropped by more than 70 percent in 10 years, and a leading researcher says an online driver training programme could reduce it even further.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan discusses with Gavin Ellis the growing disquiet in Europe over reporting of terrorist incidents, and also explores PWC's latest forecast on world media. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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NZ population up, fertility rates down

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:24:00 +1200

New Zealand's fertility rate has now dropped below replacement levels, meaning there are not enough babies being born to replace the current population. Demographer Paul Spoonley discusses what's going on.​

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:09:00 +1200

Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about Fuji-Xerox NZ's huge losses, local attempts in Dunedin to buy the Cadbury plant and the Reserve Bank Governor, Graeme Wheeler's complaint to BNZ about its head of research.

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Book review - You do not travel to China by Barbara Francis

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Sonja de Friez has been reading 'You do not travel to China' by Barbara Francis. Published by Victoria University Press / Upstart Distribution.

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Attempting a novel in one of the bleakest places on earth

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Nell Stevens went to a remote rocky island, part of the Falklands group, to write a novel. Once on Bleaker Island (official population:two) , she discovered that her plan to become a "book machine", pumping out 2500 words a day, was harder than she'd thought. What she ended up with is a memoir about the whole experience, Bleaker House. She tells Kathryn Ryan all about it.

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USA correspondent - Steve Almond

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Steve Almond with the latest from the US, including former FBI chief, James Comey's testimony to Congress about his firing by President Trump. Also, the GOP is also getting close to repealing Obamacare despite the public hating the plan.

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A step-up for young start-ups

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:41:00 +1200

Facebook, Tumblr, and Snapchat... All big names in the tech industry, and all founded by millenials. Now a group of New Zealanders has raised half-a-million dollars to be invested in start-ups founded by those only under the age of 30. First Cut Ventures was set up in 2015, and is made up of a group of recent university graduates, current students and young entrepreneurs across the country. It was established to bridge the gap between young business founders and the investment community, and to make it easier for millenials to access capital in New Zealand. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Alexander Morreau - a second-year student at the University of Auckland, and partner at First Cut Ventures.

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The Fitbit for your pelvic floor

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:32:00 +1200

A world-first medical device which could help women strengthen their own pelvic floors is being trialled. The FemFit – which works in a similar way to a Fitbit – would enable women to track their progress on a smartphone.

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Registration of Chief Social Worker

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The country's top social worker has recently applied for registration, despite previous assertions he didn't need to. After years of calls from within the profession for all social workers to be registered, the Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced registration should be mandatory. The legislation is to come before parliament in August. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Executive Officer of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Lucy Sandford-Reed.

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Urban issues with Bill McKay

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Bill McKay is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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Kai ora: cooking with karengo, kūmara and kawakawa

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Homoeopath Gretta Carney from Hapi Cafe in Napier shares ideas for cooking with karengo, kūmara and kawakawa.

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Politics with Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Mike and Matthew discuss Labour's soon to be announced immigration policy plus the implications from the UK's shock election result.

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Book Review - Theft by finding

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Theft by finding, written by David Sedaris, published by Hachette NZ and reviewed by Naomi Arnold.

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Arni Wainui: pioneer of te reo Maori education

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan meets Arni Wainui, retiring principal of Te Wharekura o Arowhenua, one of only six Maori immersion schools in the South Island. She founded the school in Southland two decades ago when wasn't able to get her own kids into a kura kaupapa. She ran the school illegally at a local marae for two years, before the Education Ministry gave it official sanction. She tells Nine to Noon about her journey and her legacy.

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Odour sensor devices for disease

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +1200

Professor Cristina Davis is part of a multi-disciplinary team working on developing an an odour sensor device to diagnose disease. She is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis. She is also the Director of the Bioinstrumentation and BioMEMS Laboratory. [image:112649:half]

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Mayor calls for more tourism infrastructure support

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Surveys show increasing levels of public frustration with tourists - is the government's additional funding for infrastructure enough? Kathryn Ryan interviews Graham Smith, the mayor of the MacKenzie District, Tourism New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall and tourism researcher Simon Milne from AUT.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:49:00 +1200

David Lange's life to become opera, and a Southland school delcares war on fidget spinners.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:34:00 +1200

Brendan runs the ruler over the British and Irish Lions' performance so far, and looks at progress in the America's Cup.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:07:00 +1200

eremy Taylor considers the 20th anniversary re-issue of Radiohead's seminal 'OK Computer', and whether they chose the right songs to include and exclude; along with a glorious collection of devotional music from Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda; and the curiously polarising second album from Aldous Harding.

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