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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


The week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:45:00 +1300

The Japanese town offering discount funerals for seniors who give up driving, a new perfume aims to make you smell like cat fur, and bird-watching - the new hipster rage.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +1300

The Black Caps' third test against South Africa; should the All Blacks play England in November and the issue of transgender participation in sport.

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:15:00 +1300

Yes, they smoked too much pot and messed up the spelling of the title, but even a pedant like Grant Smithies can't resist a reissue of The Zombie's 1968 psychedelic pop masterwork Odessey and Oracle. Also, some Japanese disco from the By By Session Band, and a song from Strange Dreams, the new album from Lyttelton violin looper, Anita "Motte" Clark.

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High profile legal team to act for Afghan 'raid' villagers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to the human rights lawyer Deborah Manning, one of a team of lawyers who will act for the families of the Afghan villagers allegedly killed in a raid led by New Zealand special forces in 2010. The raid is the subject of a new book called Hit and Run in which the authors claim six civilians died and 15 were injured in Baglan province. Deborah Manning says the families are seeking a full and independent inquiry into what happened.

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Book review - Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Kiran Dass from Unity Books reviews 'Idaho' by Emily Ruskovich.

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New Zealand’s oldest active surf lifeguard

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:05:00 +1300

At 88-years-old, Bill Goodwin is New Zealand’s oldest active surf life guard. As the surf club season nears its end, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:45:00 +1300

A gruesome sorcery trial underway in Papua New Guinea, Trump's budget threatening a key Pacific research institution, a call to re-set New Zealand's Pacific foreign policy and Samoa's PM causing outrage by taxing church pastors.

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Black gold, the future of the oil industry

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:20:00 +1300

Iain Stewart is a Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University in the UK and has presented a number of science programmes for the BBC, including last year's hit series Planet Oil. He's been in New Plymouth addressing the New Zealand Petroleum conference.

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9% missing out on hospital treatment: study

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:05:00 +1300

A new pilot study finds that 9 per cent of adult New Zealanders are missing out on hospital treatment for non-urgent conditions - including mental, medical, surgical and dental problems. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the leader of the pilot study, the founder of the Canterbury Charity Hospital, surgeon Phil Bagshaw.

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Viewing with Lara Strongman

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:49:00 +1300

Lara reviews Netflix Norwegian political thriller Nobel.

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Parenting tips for getting a grip

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:27:00 +1300

As a mother of six and grandmother of 17, Robyn Pearce knows a few things about time management. She talks to Kathryn Ryan about her latest book Getting a grip on parenting time.

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Net Neutrality, Netflix and NZ, and Uber's president quits.

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Book review - Severed Lands by Maurice Gee

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:37:00 +1300

Reviewed by Rachel Eadie and published by Puffin.

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Joseph Michael - Antarctica in Auckland

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:07:00 +1300

For three nights, as the sun sets over the domain, Auckland's War Memorial Museum  will become a blank canvas for the 360 degree projection of  a life size iceberg.

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UK correspondent Jon Dennis

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:49:00 +1300

UK Correspondent Jon Dennis with the latest on the London attacks, the UK ban on laptops on some passenger flights, and a date set for the official start to the Brexit process.

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Where do we go now? New Horizons

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Fran Bagenal is a Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, one of only two people on the science teams for both of NASA's recent missions to the outer solar system Jupiter and Pluto.

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New CYF legislation unworkable, says former judge

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:19:00 +1300

Proposed changes to Child, Youth and Family legislation are unworkable and the bill enacting them needs to be rewritten, former Family Court judge John Adams tells Nine to Noon. The Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Bill changes the focus of CYF to focus on early intervention rather than the "minimum intervention" approach of the current legislation.

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Inside UK Parliament following "terror attack"

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:09:00 +1300

Nine to Noon speaks to Joe Watts, Political Editor of The Independent who is among those still on lockdown inside Westminster after an alleged terror attack which has killed four people, including a policeman, outside the halls of parliament in London.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:50:00 +1300

This week, science commentator Dr Siouxsie Wiles has a warning about so-called stem cell therapies, and enthuses about the seemingly indestructible microscopic creatures known as water bears.

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Valued, visible and influential - will there ever come a day?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Northern Mystics CEO Julie Paterson and Sarah Leberman, a Massey University academic talk to Kathryn Ryan about New Zealand's first national organisation challenging inequity in sport, Women in Sport Aotearoa (Nga Wahine Hakinakina o Aotearoa)

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:15:00 +1300

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

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Political Editor Jane Patterson

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1300

RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson updates Kathryn Ryan on feedback to Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson's Hit and Run, saying this now places New Zealand front and centre.

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Book review - Fragile Lives

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby published by HarperCollins RPP 36.99.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Last year just seven people in the entire world were diagnosed with polio. It's on track to join smallpox as one the second ever diseases we've managed to completely eradicate. Gordon Jackman is a Polio survivor and the National Programme Manager for Polio New Zealand. He's just recently returned from a trip to Pakistan to observe the immunisation campaign - you can donate to the polio eradication campaign in Pakistan here

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Australia correspondent Bernard Keane

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Australian Correspondent Bernard Keane on the Australian Government's obsession with changing racial discrimination laws to please the hard-right faction of the Liberal Party - latest in the gas crisis - Turnbull proposes an extension of the Snowy Mountains Hydro project to provide energy stability - same sex marriage issues continues to dog the government.

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Geologist & farmer-turned teacher wins science prize

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Geologist and farmer - turned teacher Dianne Christenson - the first primary school teacher to win the 150 thousand dollar Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize.

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Professor of Public Law calls for full independent enquiry

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:25:00 +1300

Andrew Geddis is Professor of Public Law at the University of Otago, calling for a full public enquiry into the allegations made in Nicky Hagar's Hit and Run.

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Midwife shortage 'heading for crisis level'

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

Chief Executive NZ College of Midwives Karen Guilliland says a crisis in midwife staffing levels needs to be averted.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:43:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to Gavin Ellis about who should be able to call themselves journalists?, and TVNZ's CEO signalling widespread change in the organisation. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Jared Kristensen: Audience Republic

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:21:00 +1300

When he was 18 Jared Kristensen had a band he wanted to hear play live - so he took it on himself to book them to come play in New Zealand. It was a sellout show and kick-started a three year career as an event organiser while Jared was studying at university. Now Jared has launched a new business called Audience Republic which helps use event organisers use social media to sell more tickets.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about Fletcher Building's large losses on some construction contracts, and international trade tensions escalate.

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Book review - Bright Air Black by David Vann

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:42:00 +1300

David Hill reviews 'Bright Air Black' by David Vann, published by Text Publishing.

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Mathematical probability of water on Mars

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:13:00 +1300

Gabor Domokos is the pioneering Hungarian mathematician and engineer who calculated that water must once have flowed on Mars. He is a Professor of Mechanics Materials and Structures at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.He is currently in New Zealand and he will give a public lecture at the University of Auckland later today about Pebbles on Mars, and also about the new shape he discovered, the Gomboc.

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USA correspondent - Steve Almond

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Steve Almond with the latest from the US, where the FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency director Michael Rogers are currently giving evidence before the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian hacking of the election.

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Why is govt not funding "vital" HIV survey?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:38:00 +1300

The Ministry of Health has stopped funding the annual GAPSS/GOSS surveys of gay and bisexual men despite a 2013 analysis it commissioned describing it as "vital" for assessing the success of HIV prevention initiatives. Nine to Noon speaks to the head of the NZ Aids Foundation Jason Myers and to Dr Peter Saxton, an HIV researcher from Otago University who carries out the survey.

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Testing entrenches risk-averse behaviour - academic

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:19:00 +1300

An obsession with testing and assessment in schools is rewarding strategy, rather than true learning, the author of a new book warns.

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NZ reaching environmental limits: OECD report

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:09:00 +1300

A new OECD report says New Zealand has maxed out economic growth from its natural resources. The Environmental Performance Review suggests the government's business growth agenda, which is to double exports to 40% of GDP by 2025, is at odds with the limits on natural resources. Kathryn Ryan talks with environmental analyst and author, Dr Marie Brown.

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Urbanist Bill McKay

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:49:00 +1300

Recently the BNZ's chief economist gave advice on doing up houses to get on the property ladder - but just how much do-it-yourself building are you allowed to do these days? Bill McKay is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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Food: Thomasina Miers' fuss-free recipes with flair

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:33:00 +1300

"Tommi" Miers is an English chef and food writer behind the Guardian's 'Weekend Cook' column. She is a former MasterChef winner and founder of the Wahaca group of Mexican restaurants. Her new book, is called Home Cook. She shares her recipes for Fish Tacos, and Black Pudding Ragu with Parmesan Polenta.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Matthew and Stephen discuss the Labour-Green fiscal framework and debates over exporting bottled water.

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Book review: The Hearts Invisible Furies

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:40:00 +1300

'The Hearts Invisible Furies' by John Boyne, published by Random Penguin House NZ. Reviewed by Catriona Ferguson.

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'You are handed the baton of poverty'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:14:00 +1300

Born into a rural cattle-herding family,  Dr Tererai Trent was a mother of three by the time she was 18, now she runs a foundation that aims educate girls in Africa.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:52:00 +1300

German and European media see Merkel-Trump meeting in Washington as awkward.

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Blood test for autism

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:42:00 +1300

Researchers have developed a blood test for autism - and they say it's 96% accurate. Nine to Noon speaks to one of its authors, Dr Juergen Hahn and to the CEO of Autism New Zealand, Dane Dougan. The scientists used blood sample from 83 children with autism and 76 neurotypical children, all between 3 and 10 years old, and were able to use the test to correctly classify 97.6 percent of the children with autism and 96.1 percent of the neurotypical children. Currently a diagnosis of autism requires an assessment by a specially trained psychiatrist and it can take more than a year for parents to get a conclusive diagnosis.

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Maternity unit 'unsafe' says new mum

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:08:00 +1300

A new mother is making a formal complaint to Wellington hospital over the care she received in the post natal ward earlier this month, which she describes as unsafe and traumatising. Lynn Freeman talks with Mary-Lou Harris who says staff are harried and overworked, with too many casual nurses employed to plug gaps. She says she left hospital early because it felt safer to do so. Capital & Coast Health's Director of Nursing and Midwifery Andrea McCance reponds, along with Karen Wakelin, Chair of the Wellington Region for the College of Midwives.

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The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:49:00 +1300

Comedians Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther weigh in on the world's most expensive taco, a special washing machine for curry stains and the weirdest phobias ever.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:34:00 +1300

Super Rugby is in for a bit of downsizing, with up to 3 of the present 18 teams to get the chop. Plus, the English rugby team equalled the All Blacks world record last weekend with their 18th successive plans apparently are underway to bring the two teams together for a match at Twickenham in November.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Jeremy Taylor goes full noise on the latest concept album from US group The Magnetic Fields - a 5LP set with one song for each of songwriter Stephen Merritt's first 50 years".

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Children's Book review

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:39:00 +1300

With John McIntyre.

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Are you getting the best out of your spice rack?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Lynn Freeman meets ballerina-turned-chef Natasha MacAller, whose new book Spice Food Heroes explores the health benefits of spices.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:47:00 +1300

US secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes his first trip to Asia, concern over radioactive wild boars in Japan, and a showdown between Disney and the Malaysian censors office over Beauty and the Beast.

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NZ Rugby launches "Headfirst" into mental illness

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:33:00 +1300

New Zealand Rugby has launched a new website called called Headfirst, featuring rugby players past and present giving advice on how to deal with mental illness - not just for sufferers, but for their caregivers, coaches and friends. It's being lead by NZR Education Officer Dr Nathan Price. Nine to Noon also speaks to Chiefs prop and Junior All Black James McGougan who's featured on the website talking about his own experience of depression and suicidal thoughts.

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A venture capital fund for women

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:09:00 +1300

Lynn Freeman talks to serial entrepreneur and founder of SheEO, Vicki Saunders, and the co-founder of My Food Bag, and former Telecom chief executive Theresa Gattung. SheEO is a venture capital fund for women entrepreneurs, established with money invested by other women. Ms Gattung intends to establish a similar fund here. Ms Saunders is a key note speaker at a conference in Auckland this weekend, called worldwomen17.

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Viewing with Tamar Munch

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:50:00 +1300

The return of David Tennant and Olivia Coleman in the third season of Broadchurch, and hit British comedy series Fleabag.

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Parenting - Mates and Dates

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:24:00 +1300

How well are we teaching high school students about consent? Russell Smith talks to Lynn Freeman about Mates and Dates - the high school programme he helped found which aims to tackle attitudes towards relationships, consent and sex. He also suggests ways parents might be able to help their children with issues around consent.

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New technology with Robbie Allan

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:09:00 +1300

The brewing legal storm between Uber and Google.

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Book review - The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:39:00 +1300

Sonja de Friez reviews 'The Fifth Letter' by Nicola Moriarty, publisher: HarperCollins.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told far

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Theoretical physicist, Lawrence Krauss on why we are all here, and how humanity has reached its current understanding of the universe. His latest book The Greatest Story Ever Told - so far, explores how humanity has reached its current understanding of the universe. Lawrence Krauss connects the world we experience with the invisible world around us. He will be in a guest speaker at the Auckland Writers Festival in May.

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UK correspondent Matthew Parris

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Parliamentary shenanigans with Brexit, all hurdles now cleared, but when will Theresa May jump, and anxious eyes on the Dutch election today.

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Brain science: did 'Inside Out' get it right?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Neuro-scientist Blake Porter, a PhD student at the University of Otago, talks to Nine to Noon about the science behind the Inside Out movie.

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Shakti Wellington Refuge 'struggling to cope'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:23:00 +1300

Shakti Wellington opened a refuge in 2014 after the murders of two migrant women in the city due to domestic violence - Sarwan Lata Singh and Mei Fan. In 2016 it helped over 350 women, with over 200 referrals coming from the police. Advocates say with a growing migrant population and their safe house at capacity they need more funding. Wendy Vyas is Shakti's national advocacy co-ordinator based in Auckland.

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Temporary reprieve over 'private data for funding' contracts

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:08:00 +1300

The government will delay contracts requiring sexual violence NGOs to hand over their clients private details. But the organisation which represents the sector says that's not good enough. The Minister for Social Development, Anne Tolley, has now directed the ministry to delay the implementation of the contracts for groups working with sexual violence victims while it works out how to securely collect and store their clients' private data. Brenda Pilott is from ComVoices, a group which represents the NGO sector.

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Legal commentator Andrew Scott Howman

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:48:00 +1300

We often read about cases where an employee has failed to do the right thing - and has been punished by the Courts as a result. But what about where an employee does nothing wrong - but stands by and fails to do something right? Should an employee be liable to lose their job for failing to take action in the workplace?

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What makes an effective environmental protest ?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:25:00 +1300

Graeme Wynn is an expert on environmental activism, he talks to Kathryn Ryan about the best ways to make your voice heard.

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Music with Charlotte

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Charlotte Ryan talks "Blondie" this morning ahead of their NZ show next month. She will not only feature a classic Blondie - but introduce us to a brand new new single from the band too.

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Book review - Fully clothed and so forgetful

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:39:00 +1300

Harry Ricketts reviews 'Fully clothed and so forgetful' by Hannah Mettner, publisher: VUP / Upstart Distribution.

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Charcuterie queen brings Italy to the Wairarapa 

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Rachel Priestley had a successful career in Europe as a chef and restaurateur and it was while working in Italy that she developed a passion for traditional curing.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:50:00 +1300

How the death of cartoonist Bill Leak has launched a new debate over freedom of speech and the prospects for Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party after a spectacular defeat in Western Australia.

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Air pollution from ships

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:41:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at Victoria University Bevan Marten, who says New Zealand needs to ratify the international agreement dealing with air pollution from ships. Currently there is no way of regulating air pollution coming from visiting vessels.

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Farming smart: moving from volume to value

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:08:00 +1300

It has long been the mantra that New Zealand farming needs to move from volume to value. But how can this practically be achieved?

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Media with Gavin Ellis

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:41:00 +1300

Newsroom, the brainchild of two of the country's top journalists, promises journalism on things that matter. Its launch offering - with a scoop on caged chicken eggs - lived up to the promise. Also what will the resignation of Fairfax New Zealand CEO, Simon Tong, mean for the proposed merger with NZME and what can we read into the delay in announcing the Commerce Commission's decision on the merger?

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Tree pruning with Xanthe White

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:21:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to landscape designer Xanthe White, on why you shouldn't be afraid to prune trees in the city.

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Business with Rod Oram

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:07:00 +1300

The Warehouse embarks on a big shakeup to position itself better for online retailing, Intueri, a vocational education provider, tries to sell its assets and Restaurant Brands pins its hopes for growth on overseas operations.

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Book review - An Uncertain Grace

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Written by Krissy Kneen. Reviewed by Holly Walker

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Storytelling in virtual reality

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:09:00 +1300

Australian artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth on exploring the power of storytelling in virtual reality. Foreign Policy magazine has named her as one of 2016's "100 Leading Global Thinkers." Her latest work Collisions is a VR journey to remote Australian desert - and tells of an indigenous elder's first contact with western culture. Lynette will be in New Zealand later this week, presenting at Te Papa and AUT.

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USA correspondent Gabrielle Levy

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:54:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks US political matters with Washington reporter Gabrielle Levy, she is from the US News and World Report.

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Marathon woman returns to Boston

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:43:00 +1300

Having revolutionised running for women during the Boston Marathon in 1967, Kathrine Switzer is preparing to run the same route again, at 70-years-old.

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How should NZ prepare for the disruption of AI?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:33:00 +1300

The Institute of Directors says Artificial Intelligence is set to have an enormous impact on the way business and society operates, including productivity and employment. Kathryn Ryan talks with Felicity Caird, manager of the Institute's Governance Leadership Centre about how we can prepare.

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Is Air BnB doing its bit?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:08:00 +1300

AirBnb's New Zealand head of policy, Brent Thomas, talks to Kathryn Ryan about bed tax, disruption and whether it's a threat to NZ rental stock. Chris Roberts the Chief Executive of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:49:00 +1300

A successful stand up paddle-boarding adventure across the Atlantic, DNA evidence of the First Australians and concern over polluted beaches in Auckland.

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Dan the quinoa man

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan meets Dan Cottrell from Kiwi Quinoa, who's growing the South American grain on his Taihape farm. He shares recipes for Chile Con Quinoa and Quinoa Fried Chicken with Coriander Salsa.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Matthew and Stephen discuss Bill English's superannuation gamble one week on, Forest and Bird's departure from the Land and Water Forum and Kingitanga's endorsement of the Māori Party.

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Book review - The Restorer by Michael Sala

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:37:00 +1300

Jane Westaway reviews The Restorer by Michael Sala.

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Using her camera to change the world

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to leading conservation photographer Cristina Mittermeier. She is the co founder and Executive Director of SeaLegacy, a non-profit organization with a mission to use the power of photography and story-telling on behalf on marine conservation.

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Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Thomas Sparrow talks to Kathryn Ryan about German Chancellor Angela Merkle's upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump, a drop in the polls for the country's "most successful nationalist phenomenon since the Second World War" and ongoing diplomatic tension between Germany and Turkey.

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Ply in the sky: wooden buildings on the rise

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:37:00 +1300

High rise wooden buildings are economic to build, environmentally friendly and much more earthquake resilient than traditional building systems based on concrete and steel, an industry player says.

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How is the NZ Superfund performing?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Kathyrn Ryan talks with Adrian Orr, the Chief Executive of the NZ Superfund, the fund currently stands at $34 billion and has achieved returns of around 10% per annum since it was established in 2001.

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The week that was

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:48:00 +1300

With Te Radar and Michele A'Court.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:32:00 +1300

Brendan Telfer reports on the first cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa, the new laws on the game released this week, and a war of words breaks out between Australia and India.

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Music review with Grant Smithies

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

Grant Smithies loses what's left of his mind over an early album by reclusive Canadian singer Mary Margaret O'Hara, then checks out two tracks from mysterious Waikato reggae label, Red Robin.

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Unity Books review with Marcus Greville

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:39:00 +1300

'The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge' by Robbert Dijkgraaf and Abraham Flexnor, Princeton University Press.

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The 22 kilobyte galaxy

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

Scientists recently announced they'd discovered seven earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star, but their discovery had been predicted already - by a computer game.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:48:00 +1300

A dirty ship looking for a South Pacific port, what's killing Rarotonga's dogs, Tokelau fears New Zealand's colonial hand over and kava prices rocketing.

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Watchdog cracks down on house flipping

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:33:00 +1300

The Real Estate Agents Authority says it intends to become much more proactive in scrutinising house-flipping. A number of cases have hit the headlines in the last two years - particularly in Auckland - of houses being sold again, sometimes on the same day - for tens of thousands of dollars more than the original sale price. The Real Estate Agents Authority has recently conducted a review of 300 cases in Auckland in which houses were bought and resold within 12-months. Kathryn Ryan speaks to its Chief Executive, Kevin Lampen-Smith.

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Health benefits of insulation 'massive'

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The benefit to cost ratio of insulating New Zealand's cold, unhealthy housing stock has been put at a startling 6 to 1 for the nation's most vulnerable. So if the evidence for insulating sick homes is stark - why won't the government continue its healthy homes programme ? Kathryn Ryan talks to Motu Economic 's Arthur Grimes & Public Health Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from Otago University's Wellington School of Medicine and Programme Director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullan

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:49:00 +1300

Sarah McMullan has been watching US series Queen Sugar on TVNZ about a family sugar plantation in Louisiana and the new wolverine movie Logan, starring Hugh Jackman.

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Parenting: Young Mum Amber Woods

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:27:00 +1300

Pregnant at 15, Amber Woods talks with Kathryn Ryan about her journey as a young mum, whilst completing school, and heading off to University. She's part way through an arts degree in sociology and anthropology.

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Sarah Putt on SnapChat's IPO, Silicon Valley incubator - Y Combinator's success - and how you can get involved and printing pizza in space.

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Book review - Before You Go

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:41:00 +1300

Lynne Browning reviews Clare Swatman's book Before You Go

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'Love and friendship make the world go round'

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:07:00 +1300

96-year-old Robin Dalton's new book One Leg Over: Having Fun - Mostly in Peace and War is a portrayal of a colourful life and career.

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