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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


Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Kennedy talks about Earth Day, an unwanted invader and Wellington's singing whales.

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Changing your eating habits without 'dieting'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:34:00 +1200

BBC Food Writer of the Year Bee Wilson reckons changing our habits – which can mean changing the size of your plate, learning to enjoy bitter foods or not labelling what you eat as 'good' and 'bad' – will lead to happier, healthier eating.

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Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Mike and Matthew look ahead to today's cabinet reshuffle, and last week's immigration changes announced by the government.

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Book review - Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle, reviewed by Charlotte Graham, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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On a heritage mission

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:09:00 +1200

Andrew Coleman, chief executive of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga talks to Nine to Noon about the importance of promoting the value of heritage to all Kiwis. He also opens up about his 20 years with the New Zealand Police including during the Spingboks tour.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Seamus reports in from France after the first round in the Presidential election.

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WHO & the battle to keep the world healthy

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:38:00 +1200

It's a choice that will affect the health of hundreds of millions of people in the developing world, the vote for WHO's director general of the World Health Organisation. The election takes place in May and for the first time, there'll be a vote of the organisation's member nations in a bid to improve transparency.The winner will be responsible for everything from responding to Ebola and Zika epidemics, to responding to a wide array of public health issues, including obesity, antibiotic resistance and problems caused by climate change. Dr David Nabarro is one of the final three candidates, and is in Auckland campaigning ahead of the election.

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Meth should be targeted like tobacco & alcohol: support groups

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Methamphetamine support groups say P should be prioritised in public health messaging, just as alcohol and tobacco are, saying use of the drug its outstripping efforts to curb it. More and more meth support groups are being established all over the country by volunteers - so far there are groups in Auckland, Waiheke Island, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Porirua, Wellington, and Westport. Lynn Freeman talks with co-founder of Tauranga's Brave Heart NZ group, Erin O'Neill; Western Bay of Plenty Senior Police Constable, Lindsay "Red" Smith, who mentors families with meth using loved ones, and Waipukurau mental health support worker, Nicky Prisk, who is starting a drop in centre in the town for people affected by the drug. [image:91481:full]

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The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:48:00 +1200

The New Zealand couple attempting to set a world record with their Princess Leia gathering and the woman who comforted her dying ex husband, by convincing him that Donald Trump had been impeached.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:32:00 +1200

The Lions squad announcement, and Lydia Ko fires her 9th caddy.

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Now in its tenth year, tomorrow is Record Store Day. Grant Smithies checks out tasty new RSD vinyl releases from "pan-generational Wellington supergroup" Teeth, 60s psych-pop legends Count Five, UK glam pioneers T. Rex and Auckland alt-country trio Ghost Town.

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Book review - South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:38:00 +1200

Kiran Dass of Unity Books Auckland reviews South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion.

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Exploring Auckland's underbelly

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:11:00 +1200

Speleologist Peter Crossley joins Kathryn Ryan to talk about Auckland's extensive network of lava caves which he's spent five decades of his life documenting. 

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:52:00 +1200

Samoa's police are searching for a blogger - but have locked up the wrong woman; TPP might be dormant but a Pacific Island trade deal about to be signed and Tonga's prime minister reckons there are Chinese hitmen in his kingdom.

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Can you re-Māorify a city?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:41:00 +1200

An urban design competition is calling on New Zealanders to imagine what a decolonised city might be like.

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Wiping out Wasps

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:28:00 +1200

A nationwide team of academics is developing large scale, state-of-the-art technology to combat the common wasp. Professor of Entomology and Ecology at Victoria University Phil Lester explains.

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Could bill slam door for equal pay claims?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Teacher aides, social workers and others preparing equal pay claims say new pay equity legislation may stymie their chances. Will they be able to compare the work they do with other industries, as some educators did with corrections officers or will they be locked into their own? Kathryn talks with National President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Richard Wagstaff; Paul Goulter, National Secretary of the NZEI and Paul McKay, Manager of Employment Relations policy for Business NZ.

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TV Review

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Tamar Munch reviews Netflix comedy 'Chewing Gum' and the 6th season of 'Veep'.

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Under pressure: equipping teenagers to cope

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:23:00 +1200

Mental skills trainer and counsellor John Quinn tells Kathryn Ryan how he's focussing on equipping teenagers to cope with stress and pressure.

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New technology - Paul Matthews

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:06:00 +1200

CEO of Institute of IT Professionals Paul Matthews looks at how the immigration crackdown could impact the tech industry, how you hold your smartphone might be giving away your passwords and how much is it costing NZ tech companies to respond to government tenders?

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Book review - Obession by Elspeth Sandys

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:39:00 +1200

Lisa Finucare reviews Obession by Elspeth Sandys. Published by Upstart Press.

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Voice of the stolen generations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan meets award winning Australian writer Ali Cobby Eckermann. The poet, memorist and novelist is a survivor of the stolen generations, as was her mother before her. She's just won one of the world's richest literary prizes.

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UK correspondent - Matthew Parris

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Matthew Parris on reaction to UK Prime Minister Theresa May's shock decision to hold a snap general election on May 8th.

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Classroom to farmyard

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Carterton's Southend school has been awarded almost $30,000 as part of MBIE's "Unlocking Curious Minds" initiative, enabling children at low decile schools to engage in science and technology. The school is spending the money on a project which could transform their Wairarapa school into a working farm school. Parent and project coordinator Emilie Neubauer tells Kathryn Ryan how this is very much in keeping with its Montessori unit, whose philosophy is is learning by doing.

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Investigation into dodgy re-selling of tickets

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:29:00 +1200

The world of ticket touting and dodgy reselling practices are to be the focus of a new joint investigation with Consumer NZ and its counterparts in Australia and the UK. In one recent case, an Auckland woman paid $1000 for VIP tickets to see Adele but later found she'd been sold stall seats worth $100. Customers are also routinely reporting being stung by steep fees. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin is calling for feedback via their online survey.

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US naval flotilla heading for North Korea....yes really

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Last week, as tensions flared on the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration announced it was dispatching the U-S-S Carl Vinson to the Sea of Japan, to send a "powerful signal" to North Korea. In fact, the aircraft carrier and accompanying warships, were heading in the opposite direction, towards exercises with the Australian Navy, thousands of kilometres away in the Indian Ocean. Kathryn talks to Christopher P Cavas, Naval Warfare Correspondent for Defense News.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:48:00 +1200

The prototype device that can suck water out of the air - even in conditions of just 20 to 30 % humidity, a bid to reduce the numbers of animals used to test new medicines and how locusts are helping researchers develop ways to deliver medicines directly to the brain!

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Lucy Roche: scandalously funny

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:27:00 +1200

Comedian and sex worker Lucy Roche uses comedy to break down stereotypes.

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Poetry and protest music

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:08:00 +1200

Graeme Downes discusses the power of poetry and protest music. He features Russian composer Shostakovic, and pays tributes to the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who died earlier this month.

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Book review - Inside Vogue by Alex Shulman

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Leah Mc Fall reviews Inside Vogue by Alex Shulman, published by Penguin Books.

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Sniffing out the neighbourhood

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:12:00 +1200

Award winning Dunedin writer Laurence Fearnley tells Kathryn Ryan about scent-mapping, and her other current quest to find the best writing by New Zealand mountaineers. Laurence is developing a series of personal essays which map out the landscape through its ever changing aromas. She's also co-editing an anthology of NZ mountaineering writing which is set to be published next year, focusing on female and Maori climbers before 1950.

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Australia correspondent Bernard Keane

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Government divisions over how to assemble a housing affordability package and the controversy over a billion dollar rail line for a vast new coal mine in central Queensland.

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Cohousing: the solution to a crisis?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:36:00 +1200

As policy makers puzzle over how to increase the supply of housing around the country a group of people in Dunedin think they've found a novel solution. The group are hoping to build New Zealand's second ever co-housing community on the site of an old primary school in High Street. Kathryn Ryan talks to the head of the project, Catherine Spencer

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Mums & babies could be 'put at risk': obstetricians

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:24:00 +1200

Obstetricians are adding their voice to concerns around the midwifery workforce - saying mothers and babies will be put at risk if the crisis is not sorted out. Kathryn Ryan talks with Wellington obstetrician John Tait, Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Chair of the National Maternity Monitoring Group and National Co-chair of the Maternal Morbidity Working Group.

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Was May's June poll call too tempting to resist?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The UK is going to the polls – again - in seven weeks following the shock announcement yesterday of a snap election.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Maori Television seems a little uncomfortable in revealing one of its presenters was "100 per cent Maori" but should the network have raised the spectre of blood quantum in the first place? Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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5th generation vege grower Robin Oakley

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:34:00 +1200

Lynn Freeman meets Robin Oakely of Southbridge. He's a 5th generation vegetable grower, who's taking time out from his potato and pumpkin harvest to share recipes for classic pumpkin soup and beetroot chocolate pudding.

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Political commentators Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:07:00 +1200

The Waitangi Tribunal report into Maori incarceration, Bill English's Social Investment strategy, and big turnouts at public meetings. It's too early to pick this as a trend, but such a phenomenon often precedes a seismic political shift.

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Book review - Breaking Ranks

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:38:00 +1200

David Hill reviews Breaking Ranks: Three Interrupted Lives by Sir James McNeish.

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Tensions mount over North Korea

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:32:00 +1200

A senior member of North Korea's government has warned that his country would react with a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it saw signs that the United States was preparing to launch an attack. Earlier, the US vice-president warned North Korea not to test America's resolve by continuing to pursue its nuclear programme after a failed ballistic missile at the weekend.

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The little loans making a big change

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:13:00 +1200

Professor Muhammud Yunus is known around the world as the grandfather of social business and microfinance.

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:50:00 +1200

President Donald Trump's emerging policy doctrine and why Americans still want to see his tax returns.

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Kathrine Switzer does it again - 50 years on

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Wearing the famous number 261 vest, long distance runner and activist Kathrine Switzer has done it again.

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Home and dry? Landlords hurried up to insulate

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:25:00 +1200

Landlords are being urged not to leave it to the last minute to insulate their properties. This follows changes in legislation requiring them to include an insulation statement on all tenancy agreements signed since 1st July last year. Steve Watson is National Manager, Compliance and Investigations Tenancy Services at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He explains to Lynn Freeman how the new rules will be enforced.

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Med student in row over doctors' vote

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Elizabeth Berryman a sixth-year medical student is vying to be chair of the New Zealand Medical Association. It's not against the rules but it's never happened before and some doctors, including the NZMA president, are angry. They say her lack of experience, plus her busy student schedule make her the wrong candidate for the top job, but worry a student block vote could see her elected. Nine to Noon speaks to Elizabeth Berryman and the outgoing NZMA chair Stephen Child. Voting in the NZMA elections opened on 29th March and members have until 24th April to have their say. The two other candidates are the NZMA deputy chair Kate Baddock, and Auckland GP Tane Taylor, a former chair of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners' National Advisory Council.

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TV Review - Tamar Munch

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:50:00 +1200

Tamar Munch has been watching US stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle's return to the screen with a pair of fresh one-hour comedy specials. Also docudrama American Playboy, currently streaming on Amazon Prime and featuring Matt Whelan in the lead role of Hugh Hefner.

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Teaching UnSelfie

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:27:00 +1200

Psychologist Sarb Johal talks with Kathryn about encouraging and cultivating empathy in children.

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New technology - Andy Linton

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:13:00 +1200

Andy Linton looks at the latest advancement in hearing aids: a digital filter which amplifies sound, isolates speech from background noise and adjusts the volumes of each separately. Plus training a neural network to generate cookbook recipes, and why he loves his ebike.

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NZTA considers closing Auckland Harbour Bridge

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks with NZ Transport Agencies Auckland and Northland Highway manager, Brett Gliddon. NZTA says if wind levels become too strong, the Harbour Bridge will be closed.

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Civil Defence update on ex-Cyclone Cook

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:55:00 +1200

RNZ reporter Demelza Leslie from the National Crisis Management Centre where Civil Defence is holding a briefing on ex-Cyclone Cook.

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Book review - Sorry to disrupt the peace by Patti Yumi Cottell

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:34:00 +1200

Stella Chrysostomou reviews 'Sorry to disrupt the peace' by Patti Yumi Cottell published by Text Publishing.

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'We keep playing with fire, but we keep building the fire bigger'

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:08:00 +1200

International economic expert James Rickards was one of the few people to predict the surprises of 2016 and he says another financial collapse will come sooner than expected,

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UK correspondent - Tim Sculthorpe

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:48:00 +1200

Tim reports on how British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been humiliated after attempting to lead the G7 into ordering harsh new sanctions on Russia over its support for Syria, and how Labour's Jeremy Corbyn is 37% behind Theresa May in the latest poll.

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Not just a squishy face

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:33:00 +1200

As well as being cute, short nosed dogs like pugs, bulldogs and Boston terriers are notorious for their health problems. What is the latest science and advice for pet owners and breeders ? The New Zealand Kennel Club, about to be renamed Dogs New Zealand, has set up a working group to investigate. Kathryn Ryan talks to the organization's Becky Murphy. [gallery:3175]

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US/Russia relations 'at a new low'

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Russia and the United States have been confronting the low level of trust between them, during talks in Moscow. Kathryn Ryan talks to Ambassador Dan Fried, America's longest-serving diplomat, a former Assistant Secretary for Europe, and a former co-ordinator of US sanctions policy. In a retirement speech earlier this year he rebuked Donald Trump's "America First" approach, and lamented how what was an improbable Cold War victory in the 1980s was now under assault by Russia.

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Legal commentator Simon Jefferson

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:52:00 +1200

Family Court lawyer Simon Jefferson from Trinity Chambers gives his best tips for staying out of the Family Court - and how to know when you have no other option

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'Keeping it real' the UN's VR mission

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:26:00 +1200

When you mention virtual reality, most people's thoughts turn to video games, but not Gabo Arora. He is the Creative Advisor on VR to the UN which is revolutionizing the coverage of conflicts and natural disaster. In just seven minutes his immersive film making has the power to change lives and is already shaking up the United Nations' advocacy efforts. Gabo Arora will deliver a keynote address and discuss social change documentaries at Screen Edge Forum which is part of the Documentary Edge International Film Festival that's coming to Wellington (10 - 21 May) and Auckland (24 May - 5 June).

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Music with Charlotte Ryan

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Charlotte Ryan features the music of Mavis Staples, The Animals and Andrew Keoghan.

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Book review - Red Edits by Geoff Cochrane

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:38:00 +1200

Harry Ricketts reviews Red Edits by Geoff Cochrane, published by VUP.

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Trading geometry for comedy

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:12:00 +1200

From teaching maths to British teens to being an acclaimed stand-up comedian, Romesh Ranganathan says following his comedy aspirations has not always been easy.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:52:00 +1200

Karen reports in on government ministers brawling over the new budget, what the new average Australian looks like according to the census and mourning on the other side of the Tasman for the loss of John Clarke

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Corporates squeeze contractors with "extortionate" tactics

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:32:00 +1200

An Australian Ombudsman has just released a damning report into delayed payments to small businesses by large corporates and a similar problem seems to exist in New Zealand. The Australian Small and Family Business Ombudsman's has found big international firms, including Fonterra, routinely delay payments to contractors by up to 120 days. Meanwhile data from Xero shows more than two-thirds of its small business clients in NZ had invoices which were overdue by more than 30 days in the last six months. Kathryn Ryan speaks to the Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, and to Max Whitehead, the chief executive of Small Business Voice in New Zealand

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"Parents don't really know"

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Deputy Chief Censor Jared Mullen on a new report highlighting the need for clearer classification on content featuring sexual violence on streaming services like Lightbox and Netflix.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:43:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Gavin Ellis about how John Clarke's untimely death is a lost to not only television, but a host of cultural forums. Gavin also looks at the long form interview in RNZ's the 9th floor series. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Solving Auckland's housing crisis: The missing middle

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:22:00 +1200

What's the best way to boost quality mid-priced housing in Auckland? Property developer, Helen O'Sullivan, is the chief executive of Ockham Residential and a former boss of the Real Estate Institute and is also on the Mayoral Task Force on Housing. She says the relaxation of the density rules in the new Unitary Plan will greatly help by enabling developers to build so called "character flats".

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Rod Oram about the legacy of Doug Myers, Labour's proposals for the Reserve Bank and Infratil selling its stake in MetLifecare.

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Reformed Neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:14:00 +1200

Christian Picciolini was a founding member of Chicago's first Neo-Nazi Skinhead gang but after seven years he left the group and has since helped founded the non-profit Life After Hate which helps others leave far-right white hate groups in the United States and Europe.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:53:00 +1200

Susan Milligan with the latest in American politics, including the aftermath of the US-Syria air strike.

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The New Zealand Project - confronting the country's challenges

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:34:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to young New Zealander and Rhodes Scholar, Max Harris on the New Zealand Project. It is a vision for confronting the country's challenges.The New Zealand Project, is also the title of his just released book, which essentially calls for a paradigm shift towards progressive politics and a new framework for economic thinking.

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Does CCDHB's ageing in place policy go too far?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Capital and Coast District Health Board is being accused of pushing the boundaries of its ageing in place policy to the detriment of older people. Kathryn Ryan talks to Chris Sanders, the General Manager of Sprott House, a charitable Wellington residential care facility who says clients are increasingly coming to them - late, sometimes malnourished, and unable to care for themselves. She says in some cases people who can't go to the toilet themselves never mind leave the house, are being refused residential care.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Kennedy Warne talks to Kathryn Ryan about the rehabilitation of urban streams and how methods from human medicine can be used to treat sick rivers.

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Take stock before you bin scraps

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:41:00 +1200

Nelson food writer Nicola Galloway talks to Kathryn Ryan about saving food scraps to make stock.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills and Matthew Hooton

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:17:00 +1200

Matthew and Stephen discuss how political parties will respond to Auckland's funding headaches, changes to the Reserve Bank Act and New Zealand's cautious response to the USA's dramatic policy change in Syria.

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Book review - The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:10:00 +1200

Gail Pittaway reviews The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova.

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Mt Ruapehu survivor scales Antarctic mountain

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:17:00 +1200

William Pike talks to Kathryn Ryan about his adventures since loosing his leg after an accident on Mt Ruapehu. He has become an inspirational speaker, and the youth development programme, set up in his name, has spread across New Zealand. His latest adventure was an 18 hour climb up Mt Scott for The Antarctic Heritage Trust to encourage the spirit of exploration.

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Africa correspondent Debora Patta

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Just returned from reporting in South Sudan Deborah tells Kathryn Ryan about the famine that's gripped the nation due to its civil war and why South Africa's credit rating has just been downgraded to junk status by two ratings agencies.

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Are your genes to blame when your jeans don't fit?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:51:00 +1200

Cambridge geneticist and BBC TV presenter Dr Giles Yeo talks to Kathryn Ryan about why only certain people get type-2 diabetes or are obese. Dr Yeo is giving 6 lectures in New Zealand, including a free talk in Auckland covering the latest advances in our understanding of the genetics regulating our appetite, metabolism and weight.

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"I felt like a third wheel"

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:28:00 +1200

Two of the country's DHBs are reviewing their policies on whether fathers of newborns or support people should be allowed to stay overnight on post-natal wards. Kathryn Ryan talks to two dads calling for a change, and the head of maternity services at Lakes District Health Board - the only one in the country which encourages fathers or partners to stay. [image:80381:full]

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Aging parents struggle caring for disabled children

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:08:00 +1200

An Auckland-based group, Disability Connect, has spoken to more than 50 families and says many are tired of fighting for support and are fearful of what will happen to their children when they are no longer there to advocate for them. The group's chair is Colleen Brown - a member of the Auckland district health board and herself a carer for her adult son who has Down Syndrome.

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The Week that Was with Te Radar and Irene Pink

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:52:00 +1200

Bill English's pineapple, spaghetti pizza offends New Zealand, the six-year battle at a Christchurch retirement village over a fence, and it is now illegal in Russia to share an image of Vladimir Putin as a gay clown.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +1200

How an anonymous television viewer threw the golf world into chaos this week, by ringing in to report a rule violation by the player leading the biggest women's tournament of the year to date.The caller's version of events proved correct, and a project being hatched behind closed doors at the HQ of Nike in Oregon to see the first ever sub 2hr marathon run. Can it be done?

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Latest from flooded Whakatane District

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:38:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks with the mayor of the Whakatane District, Tony Bonne, who says Edgecumbe is still flooding.

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:12:00 +1200

Grant Smithies gets an earful of Otago "gothtronica" care of Dunedin trio Elan Vital, dusts off a key tune from Jamaican rasta ambassador Johnny Clark and sings the praises of NZ post punk act, The Features.

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Book review - Safeguarding the Future

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Max Harris reviews Jonathan Boston's forthcoming BWB text `Safeguarding the Future'.

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Goats of Anarchy

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

Leanne Lauricella was a stressed-out corporate event planner working in New York City, who ditched the job and the commute to rescue special needs baby goats.Today Goats of Anarchy has 430,000 Instagram followers and Leanne has published a book.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Auckland's typhoid outbreak, a century on from the influenza epidemic in Samoa, Papua New Guinea's Grand Chief Michael Somare says farewell after 49 years in politics, and is Fiji's Sitiveni Rabuka on the comeback?

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PJs for foster kids

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:43:00 +1200

Foster Hope is a voluntary organisation putting together backpacks for children going into foster care. They're currently appealing for pyjamas, which many foster children have never owned before.

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Latest from Whakatane region

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:35:00 +1200

RNZ's Sharon Brettkelly who's flown above Edgecumbe and other flooded parts of the Whakatane region.

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Parents 'devastated' after closure of disability provider

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Parents of children with autism say they're deeply distressed by the cancellation of a raft of support services due to a shortage of funding. IDEA Services - New Zealand's biggest provider of services to the disabled says it's been forced to abandon the programmes after three years of under funding to the tune of half a million dollars in the last year alone. The programmes have helped 3000 families since 2013. Kathryn Ryan talks to Anna Ronberg who's child was on the waiting list to get help for two years only to receive a letter early this week saying it had been cancelled.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullan

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Sarah's been watching TV1's The Missing, and new Sci-fi Ghost in the Shell.

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Ten things girls need most

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

Renowned Australian psychologist, parent educator and writer Steve Biddulph who says girlhood has become more lonely, pressured and unkind. At the same time, he says adults are less available to support their daughters through. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about his new book 10 Things Girls Need Most.

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New technology with Andrew Cushen

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Andrew Cushen, Deputy CEO at Internet NZ, looks at rural broadband extension, online privacy and says goodbye to Yahoo.

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Entire BOP town evacuated due to flooding

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:38:00 +1200

Almost two-thousand people are being evacuated from the eastern Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe. A state of emergency has been declared while the police and volunteers going door-to-door to get people out. Mayor Tony Bonne has just arrived in Edgecombe and talks to Katherine Ryan.

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Book review - The Starlings by Vivienne Kelly

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:33:00 +1200

Laura Caygill reviews The Starlings by Vivienne Kelly Published by Text Publishing.

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Caroline Brothers: Argentina's disappeared

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks with Australian born journalist, writer and historian Caroline Brothers, whose second novel, The Memory Stones, is a saga set in Argentina during the military regime of the late 70s and 80s, exploring the impact of disappearance on a family. She will be in New Zealand next month for the Auckland Writers Festival.

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UK correspondent Kate Adie

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:54:00 +1200

The immediate fall-out from triggering Article 50; including the uproar over Gibraltar and whether an attack on an asylum-seeker south of London is a consequence of Brexit. Also, words that have caused a storm in the sports world.

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A hunter's tale

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:47:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks with Mike Daisley of the Mountain Safety Council about new research which reveals where, when and how hunters are being hurt and killed in the bush.

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Can chronic homelessness really be beaten in Auckland?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:38:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Dr Sam Tsemberis who is the founder of Pathways to Housing in New York City and designer of the Housing First model. He's been working alongside Auckland council and others on a two year pilot, which started last month, with the ambitious goal to end homelessness in the city. What is the evidence that this is not just a lofty goal?

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MSD forging ahead with private data collection

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

MSD's Principal Advisor Peter Galvin responds to criticism over its collection of private data of people who access services like rape crisis, women's refuge and family budgeting services. The Privacy Commissioner says the government's plan is excessive and disproportionate, but the Minister for Social Development is refusing to back down.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:46:00 +1200

Siouxsie Wiles explains why government grown weed isn't dank enough for US scientists, why neuro-science journals are becoming increasingly unreadable, and a cheap way of finding new uses for existing drugs.

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