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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


Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Kennedy talks to Kathryn about extinction, including a recording of the extinct huia, the last laughing owl ever collected, and naturalist E. O. Wilson's book on extinction, Half Earth.

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Annabel Langbein: Last minute Christmas Dinner

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:29:00 +1300

Annabel Langbein shares tips and recipes with Kathryn Ryan on rustling up a last minute Christmas dinner. Annabel's latest cookbook Essential is her biggest yet and includes recipes for roast turkey, roast chicken and glazed ham.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:07:00 +1300

As well as a look at Labour's Mini Budget, Matthew and Stephen review the massive year in politics - who are the winners and who are the losers?

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Book review - IQ by Joe Ide

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:36:00 +1300

Louise Ward from Wardini Books reviews IQ by Joe Ide, published by Orion Publishing Co.

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Cecilia Robinson - changing the way we eat

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Cecilia Robinson is one of the founders of My Food Bag. The food delivery service launched in 2013 and now delivers more than one million meals a month, to 50,000 customers. This year she was named Supreme Winner in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards and the business was recognised for its customer service in the Westpac Business Excellence Awards. She talks with Kathryn about changing the way New Zealanders shop and eat, and what's next for the business.

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Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:49:00 +1300

Thomas Sparrow is Political and Security Correspondent for Deutsche Welle. Today he discusses the first anniversary of the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market.

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Working towards a plastics-free Galapagos

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:37:00 +1300

Part of a wider goal of ridding the Galapagos Islands of plastic, a team of scientists is trying to ascertain how much and where waste plastic is on the islands. They are investigating the amount of plastic fish are ingesting, as well as conducting a beach survey project in an effort to prioritise conservation efforts. Juan Pablo Muñoz leads the plastics project for the Galapagos Science Centre.

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Police to pilot change to 111 system for mental health calls

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

The police want a major change to the way 111 mental health crisis calls are responded to. Next year they hope to trial a multi agency co-response service, where a mental health worker attends all crisis calls, along with police and ambulance staff. The proposal, released to Nine to Noon under the Official Information Act, suggests the service should be operated in three centres next September, seven days a week, 10 hours a day. Kathryn talks with Fiona Howard, from the Christchurch based mental health advocacy organisation Mhaps, and Alex Steedman, an Auckland lawyer specialising in mental health.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:48:00 +1300

A lighter look at the week including the rabbit that was pulled to safety from the California wildfires.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:39:00 +1300

Brendan Telfer reports on lots of cricket today including the West Indies cricket tour, corruption allegations in the Ashes series, and the reduced diet of test cricket. He also asks after last night's Rugby Awards dinner - is there now an excess of sports awards dinners?

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Book review - "Talking to My Daughter About the Economy"

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis, published by Penguin.

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Grant Smithies reviews the latest release from Auckland band The Roulettes

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +1300

Grant Smithies is left a little giddy by the new album from Auckland trio, The Roulettes. He chats with the band and waxes lyrical about Venus Burns.

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Inside the world of Aldous Harding

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Singer-songwriter Aldous Harding talks to Kathryn Ryan about self-belief, self-preservation and how she's become obsessed with live performance.

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Mike Field signs off from Nine to Noon

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:46:00 +1300

After 17 years reporting on the Pacific on Nine to Noon, Mike Field signs off. Today, he talks about his long investigation into murder and slave labour in the South Pacific, and reflects on some of the bigger stories he's covered.

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The Icelandic Model: beating teen binge drinking

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:29:00 +1300

Iceland has all but vanquished its teenage binge drinking and drug taking culture in under twenty years - thanks to "the Icelandic Model". In 1998 42% of Iceland's 15 and 16 year olds said they'd got drunk in the past month. By last year this figure had fallen to just 5%. There's been a sharp decline in drug use and smoking too. Professor Álfgeir Kristjánsson from West Virginia University's School of Public Health tells Kathryn Ryan how parental pledges, night-time patrols, skating, badminton and ping pong were instrumental in this turn-around.

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Pilot halves court time for sexual violence cases

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

A pilot programme to speed up justice for victims of sexual violence has found case times have been halved, in just one year of the two year programme. That means reducing delay and uncertainty for all those involved, especially child and vulnerable witnesses. In 2015 the Law Commission recommended, among other things, a specialist court for sexual violence cases. But the government didn't take up that suggestion. Instead of waiting for legislative change, the judges looked at ways they could improve the justice system for victims of sexual violence, within the existing system. The Chief District Court Judge, is Jan-Marie Doogue.

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Viewing with Tamar Munch

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:50:00 +1300

Freelance publicist and viewing consumer Tamar Munch has been watching Netflix mini-series Godless, and documentary Voyeur - also on Netflix. Also Mosaic, coming to Soho in January.

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Tips for parenting a disobedient child

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:23:00 +1300

Children need limits and should not be top dog in the family, education consultant Joseph Driessen says. He gives practical tips for working with your child to break a cycle of disobedience.

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New Technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:09:00 +1300

Sarah Putt looks back on the year and the tech stories that stand out.

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Book review - Women in Clothes

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:39:00 +1300

Claire Murdoch reviews Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, published by Blue Rider Press.

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Genevieve Willoughby - Life at the Top

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:14:00 +1300

Genevieve Willoughby recounts the social history of life on our highest mountain and the close-knit village of Mount Cook. In her book Life at the Top, Tales from Aoraki-Mount Cook Genevieve has gathered tales from pioneers and their descendants: guides, climbers, hoteliers, and the people who flew and drove eager tourists up to the glaciers and snow fields. Genevieve herself is well connected to the mountain, spending summers there as a child in the 1960s. Her father was a pilot for Mount Cook airlines.

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UK correspondent Gerri Peev

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:52:00 +1300

Gerri Peev on whether the Brexit deal is watertight and what it means for Theresa May's future. Also, will the UK roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump?

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Using tech to increase productivity in construction

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:33:00 +1300

The construction industry will spend more than $300 billion during the next decade, employing 9% of the New Zealand workforce. In a briefing paper to the incoming government, industry lobby groups have said a 5% improvement in sector productivity would deliver savings every year of $1.5 billion.Along with a re - skilling of the workforce, the greater use of technology and reshaping regulation were singled out. Peter Silcock is the Chief Executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand Inc, which represents over 600 large, medium-sized and small businesses in civil engineering, construction and general contracting.

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Could hidden homes solve the housing crisis?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:09:00 +1300

 At least 180,000 extra homes could be created either by partitioning existing residential properties or adding extra units on to existing sections, according to new research

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +1300

This week sees the announcement that a fossil penguin discovered in New Zealand is a new species and one of the oldest known; new research suggests countries need to take heed of climate projections when planning how much to rely on wind energy; and researchers have discovered that microbes in Antarctica have a previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in the extreme conditions.

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Ruatoria pushing to be first medicinal cannabis grower

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:20:00 +1300

Ruatoria-based charitable trust Hikurangi Enterprises is looking at developing hemp as a potential industry for medicinal cannabis. Last year they planted a trial of 5,000 low-THC hemp plants as a field crop. A group of students are now involved in the first-ever low-THC hemp course. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the trust's managing director Panapa Ehau.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:05:00 +1300

A celebration of top Kiwi female music artists, featuring music from Nadia Reid's 2017 album Preservation. Graeme Downes is a founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.

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Book review - "A Pleasure To Be Here"

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Leah McFall reviews A Pleasure To Be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe by John Clarke, published by Text.

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Jack Charles: 'a reformed and rehabilitated old coot'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Aboriginal actor and activist Jack Charles brings the show Jack Charles V The Crown to next year's Auckland Arts Festival. Everyone likes the story of a "reformed and rehabilitated old coot like myself," he tells Kathryn Ryan.

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Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:45:00 +1300

A high-profile Opposition Senator has resigned from federal parliament over his controversial links to China, the first same-sex couples planning to marry in Australia have set January 9th as their wedding date, and former Netball NZ chief Raelene Castle has been announced as Rugby Australia's new chief executive.

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'Schools shouldn't be finance companies' - Principal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:20:00 +1300

An NZEI survey of more than 600 primary and intermediate schools has shown that despite the pressure on school operational budgets, four in five could scrap donations. About 82 per cent of the respondents said they planned to take up the Labour Party's campaign pledge for $150 per student in compensation, with three-quarters saying their school would be better off. The poll also found that 44% of respondents plan to cut teacher aide hours to meet budgets in 2018, while 14% expect to be short of teachers. Kathryn speaks with NZEI President Lynda Stuart, Berhampore School principals, Mark Potter, and Wayne Jenkins, principal of Ross Intermediate School.

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Are community pharmacies under threat?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:10:00 +1300

What does the future hold for community pharmacies numbered as competiton ramps up from a large Australian super-store chain and Countdown supermarkets? The Australian giant, The Chemist Warehouse, has launched in Auckland - slashing prescription charges to zero and heavily discounting merchandise. Meanwhile pharmacies located in Countdown supermarkets around the country are also cutting charges. Kathryn talks with Wellington pharmacist Andrew Gaudin, Andrew Gaudin from the Pharmacy Guild and Alison van Wyk from Green Cross Health.

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Media commentator - Gavin Ellis

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:44:00 +1300

Australia's major newspaper groups are boycotting official access to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in a stand-off over the use of video clips on websites; a new book on photojournalism in the Pacific proves, once again, the power of the still image; and age discrimination in the media. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Celebrating 30 years of Pasifika theatre in Aotearoa

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:21:00 +1300

Floating Islanders brings together the stories of Pasifika theatre in Aotearoa from 1984-2015. It showcases playwrights, directors and performers whose heritage lies in Samoa, Niue, Fiji, Tonga, Tokelau and the Cook Islands. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the book's authors, theatre director and associate professor in theatre studies at University of Otago, Lisa Warrington, and theatre director and associate professor in theatre at Victoria University of Wellington, David O'Donnell.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Adrian Orr becomes Governor of the Reserve Bank; Spark and Vodafone spurn an overture from Chorus; and The IRD takes Eric Watson to court.

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Book review - Jarulan by the River by Lily Woodhouse

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Carole Beu reviews Jarulan by the River by Lily Woodhouse, published by HarperCollins.

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Karl, the Universe and Everything

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:16:00 +1300

Why is air conditioning sexist? And how is space junk threatening our future missions to outer space? Dr Karl Kruszelnicki attempts to answer these questions, and many more, in his new book, Karl, the Universe and Everything - a journey across the galaxy with Australia's most popular scientist.

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:06:00 +1300

The national focus is on Alabama, where Tuesday's Senate election pits accused child molester Roy Moore against Democrat Doug Jones; the GOP's massive tax plan may get done before the New Year; and wildfires continue to rage in California.

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Jan Wright: environmental reporting without fear or favour

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:27:00 +1300

Kathryn talks with Dr Jan Wright, who has for the last 10 years served as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Over her decade in office she has reported to parliament on a range of issues on complex and controvertial subjects, including 1080, water quality, climate change and the merits of solar energy. She says her disquiet about the worsening state of our environment endures, but there are also some positive signs

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Mesh restrictions don't go far enough: surgeon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

A gynaecologist who has performed more than 50 surgeries to repair damage from surgical mesh, says Medsafe's announcement of restrictions on the products doesn't go far enough. Medsafe yesterday announced New Zealand would be the latest country to limit the way the mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, because the risks outweigh the benefits. But mesh products can still be used in other types of surgery like hernia repair. Kathryn talks with Dr Hanifa Koya.

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Urban issues with Bill McKay?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Bill McKay speaks with Kathryn Ryan about solutions to the country's housing crisis. Bill is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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Christmas pud reborn Kiwi-style

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:34:00 +1300

Don't be intimidated by Christmas pudding – you can whip one up in the crock pot on the day, says Michelle Matthews from Kitchen Six in Napier.

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Politics with Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:12:00 +1300

TVNZ releases its latest Colmar Brunton poll; Thursday's pre-Christmas fiscal update and Budget; and National's leadership and legacy.

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Book review - The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Catriona Ferguson reviews The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, published by Bloomsbury.

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Taking aim at Australia's hard-line refugee policy

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:10:00 +1300

While set in the near future, Jock Serong's polemic on Australia's border protection policies could almost be mistaken as a factual tale. Set in the waters of Indonesia, and in Canberra, On the Java Ridge, begins eight days before a general election with the announcement of new laws absolving the government of all responsibility for refugee boats. Kathryn Ryan talks to Jock Serong, who has also written The Rules of Backyard Cricket about his daring takes on Australian culture. Jock will be appearing at the Writers and Readers - New Zealand Festival event between the March 8th-11th.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:51:00 +1300

What does the Brexit deal mean for Theresa May's future? Russian President Vladimir Putin is standing again in the elections; and the strong messages that came out of Oslo's ceremony today for Nobel peace prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

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Free and frank? Not so much

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:37:00 +1300

New research finds that senior public servants feel less and less able to give Ministers free and frank advice in an increasingly politicized Beehive. Researchers Dr Chris Eichbaum from Victoria University's School of Government - a former senior political advisor himself, and Richard Shaw, Professor of Politics at Massey University first surveyed public servants in 2005 on political influences on their advice. They repeated the survey this year - with even more respondents taking part. Richard Shaw tells Kathryn about the change in attitudes.

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Legal research award to examine extending ACC

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:09:00 +1300

ACC barrister and researcher Warren Forster has been named the NZ Law Foundation International Research fellow for 2017. He will spend the next 18 months developing recommendations to create a no-fault system that doesn't distinguish between sickness and accidents.

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

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:50:00 +1300

A lighter look at the week including Christchurch's cold beer crisis and the British family who've decked out their house with Christmas lights just to annoy their neighbour!

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:32:00 +1300

Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics following an IOC investigation into state organised drug abuse, the Ashes seem destined to be returned to Australia following their second straight test win and the latest developments on the Ben Stokes saga.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Jeremy Taylor plays a mixed bag of singer-songwriters, from the Southern soul styles of Curtis Harding, to 80's mining Aussie Alex Cameron, indie doyen Angel Olsen, and the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel Of Love".

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Children's book review

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:37:00 +1300

Sarah Forster from the Sapling reviews It's my Egg (and you can't have it) by Heather Hunt and Kennedy Warne, and Toroa's Journey by Maria Gill and Gavin Mouldey. Both books are published by Potton and Burton.

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Rob Ruha: Māori music, mentorship and 'Moana'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:09:00 +1300

2017 has been a massive year for self-described 'haka soul' musician Rob Ruha. In a track on his new album Survivance, Ruha pushes back against what he says is harmful misinformation about Māori history.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:52:00 +1300

North Korea's denouncement of the joint military exercises between the South Korean and American militaries, and are we any closer to resolution on the Rohingya crisis?

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Concern over falling royal albatross numbers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:40:00 +1300

The very hot summer is causing concern at the royal albatross colony at Tairoa Head on the tip of the Otago Peninsula. The breeding season got off to a promising start, but several weeks of searing temperatures has the potential to cause some nests to fail. The Department of Conservation has set up a camera link for the past couple of years, following the fortunes of a selected royal albatross chick until it flies away. Lynn Freeman speaks to the Royal Albatross Centre Operations Manager, Chris McCormack.

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Our threatened marae

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:29:00 +1300

Māmari Stephens Senior Lecturer, Te Kura Tātai Ture - Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington explores the threats facing marae despite their importance in our society. Her thoughts on the subject form part of this year's Journal of Urgent Writing, which contains a collection of stimulating essays with the aim of sparking national conversations.

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Changes for trainee teachers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

The Education Council will unveil changes to the way new teachers are supported and mentored. This follows a report by the Education Review Office, which finds that too many new teachers are not well prepared enough to do their job. It finds that some teacher training courses use outdated teaching methods, and that trainee teachers should be required to meet higher standards. Lynn speaks with the Council's chief executive Dr Graham Stoop, PPTA president Jack Boyle, and the head of Canterbury University's School of Teacher Education Letitia Fickel.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullan

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Sarah McMullan has been watching Mum and Ten Days in the Valley on Lightbox, plus two movies: Better Watch Out and The Disaster Artist

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I said 'Take me to the doctor and we can start from there'

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:29:00 +1300

Twenty-two year old Erin Donohue's new novel is a Kiwi take on teenage mental illness that she hopes will help families understand it better. Because Everything is Right but Everything is Wrong is based on Erin's own recovery from anorexia and battles with depression and anxiety.

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New Technology with Jordan Carter

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:07:00 +1300

The new CEO of Internet New Zealand, Jordan Carter, discusses the tech agenda facing the new government, Sky and site blocking of websites that carry pirated material; and crystal ball gazing - why soon we'll all be buying gigabit fibre.

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Book review - Drawn Out by Tom Scott

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Dean Bedford reviews Drawn Out by Tom Scott, published by Allen & Unwin.

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Rick Stein: the marvels of Mexican food

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:06:00 +1300

Rick Stein's first experience of truly exotic cuisine was a taco in the Mexican city of Monterrey in 1968. The British chef celebrates the flavours of Mexico in his latest cookbook and TV series The Road to Mexico.

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UK correspondent Matt Dathan

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:52:00 +1300

Brexit hits yet another major snag, terror's in the spotlight after a plot to kill the Prime Minister is revealed and a fight in one of Parliament's booziest bars thrusts the light back on Westminster's problem with drinking and cheap booze.

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Supporting junior doctors

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:34:00 +1300

Dr Jonathan Albrett has been awarded Australasian Clinical Educator of the Year for his First Year Doctors Acute Skills Teaching Programme. It's further good news for Taranaki DHB, which ranks as the second most preferred hospital for graduating doctors. Jonathan tells Lynn Freeman he established this course to help bridge a gap in confidence between medical school and first year doctors being left in sole charge of patients on the ward particularly those who might suddenly deteriorate. He spotted the area of need during his own first year as a junior doctor.

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Effect of climate change on our weather

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:25:00 +1300

Dr Sam Dean is the chief scientist for climate change at NIWA, he presented a report to Auckland Council yesterday which he refers to as the "encyclopedia" of climate change for Auckland. In it, he details how much hotter and how many more flash floods the region will experience - the number of hot days, (days with temperatures above 25°C), could quadruple and average temperatures increase over the next century. He also has a picture for the rest of the country - and what La Niña could spell for the regions.

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'Unprecedented' run of hot weather

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:09:00 +1300

This summer, hot, dry weather has arrived earlier than usual, causing fears of drought in regions right across the country, including ones that aren't normally affected. MetService says the long run of hot weather at this time of year is unprecedented, and it's not going away anytime soon. The parched weather has got farmers worried about having enough feed to carry through to the summer, while some growers who rely on irrigation, water reserves and acquafers have gone into rationing already. Lynn Freeman talks to MetService meteorologist Erick Brenstrum, Horticulture New Zealand president Julian Raine, and Federated Farmers' Central High Country representative Andrew Patterson.

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The curious case of Alec Baldwin’s “fake” painting

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Arts commentator Courtney Johnson on the curious case of Alec Baldwin’s “fake” painting, why people touch things in museums; and a piece of 1960s social housing enters the collection of one of Britain's most eminent museums.

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How human behaviour changes online

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Dr Mary Aiken is a leader in the field of forensic cyberpsychology, a discipline that combines psychology, forensics and technology. She takes a look at the impact of technological advances on a range of things, including crime, charity, and human behaviour.

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New Christmas music with Kirsten Johnstone

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:05:00 +1300

Music 101's Kirsten Johnstone takes a look at the best new Christmas music on offer, featuring songs from Sia, Sole Mio, Sam Sparro and Sufjan Stevens.

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NZ Books review - The Beat of the Pendulum

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:40:00 +1300

The Beat of the Pendulum, written by Catherine Chidgey, published by VUP and reviewed by Louise O'Brien.

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Julian Norton: The Yorkshire Vet

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +1300

The stories of Yorkshire vet James Herriot, real name Alf Wight, remain favourites of generations of people who've read the books and seen the long running TV series All Creature Great and Small.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:45:00 +1300

At least five more MPs are caught up in the Australian citizenship drama; the Government announces a sweeping new set of laws relating to foreign influence in Australia, including a ban on foreign political donations; and the same-sex marriage legislation is expected to finally pass through the Parliament after the long process of a two-month volunteer postal survey, debate and vote in the Senate.

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PM expresses 'concern' over ballet reports

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:30:00 +1300

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's concerned about reports that the publicly funded national dance company, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, will not include any of this year's graduates from the New Zealand School of Dance.

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Teachers unprepared for inclusive disability education

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

A leading education academic says teacher trainees are unprepared to offer true inclusive education. Dr Gill Rutherford, Senior Lecturer in Education and Disability Studies at the University of Otago's College of Education tells Lynn Freeman the standard of teacher training in New Zealand is inadequate, and the right to inclusive education must be enshrined in law.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:44:00 +1300

The latest New Zealand media ownership report highlights the number of privately-owned outlets. Could our largest newspaper groups go the same way? The Pacific Media Centre which has established itself as a champion for media freedom celebrates its 10th anniversary. And Gavin pays tribute to journalist Yasmine Ryan. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Preventing regional decline

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:24:00 +1300

Pro Vice Chancellor of Massey University Paul Spoonley on the ageing and depopulation of many of our regions. How will the government's plans to stimulate the economies take effect?

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:11:00 +1300

Rod Oram reports on Danone winning a $183m arbitration claim against Fonterra, and the major US oil producer, Anadarko pulls out of New Zealand exploration after racking up heavy losses.

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Detail revealed around the Government's one year free tertiary plan

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:08:00 +1300

New Zealanders who have just finished school or will leave in 2018 will qualify for a year of free study next year at either a provider based tertiary education or industry training.

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Book review - "Mrs Osmond" by John Banville

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Hannah August reviews Mrs Osmond by John Banville, published by Viking.

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Anthony Doerr: crafting a best-seller

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Anthony Doerr's life turned upside down when his novel, All the Light We Cannot See won a Pulitzer Prize in 2015. He was thrust into the global limelight with his story of two teenagers in the Second World War. The book took ten years to write and involved detailed research visits to Europe. Since that whirlwind success, Anthony Doerr's older works have been re-published to keep his huge fan base happy. In his first New Zealand interview, Anthony talks to Kathryn about the writing process, creating authentic characters as well as sheep farming near Timaru as a younger man.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:51:00 +1300

More on the fallout of the former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty of lying to the FBI . Also the joint large-scale air exercise launched by South Korea and the US amid raised North Korean tensions.

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Soft plastic recycling scheme at risk

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:38:00 +1300

The company contracted to recycle soft plastic packaging is warning local authorities and major supermarket chains that the scheme may fail if it doesn't get more support. Last year, the soft plastic recycling scheme was established with government funding, to collect plastic packaging. The soft plastic is baled and sent to Melbourne to the recycling company Replas, which turns it into usable products such as park benches and bollards, which are then imported back to this country. Replas says New Zealand has doubled the rubbish it is sending to Australia, and only imported half of it back in the form of recycled products, and the scheme could be at risk unless than changes.

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When gaming becomes gambling

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

An American teenager is among the gamers calling for a mass boycott of the game publisher Electronic Arts over the pay-to-win aspects of their new game Star Wars Battlefront II.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Kennedy talks to Kathryn about the two threatened species: kauri and te reo - picking up on the news of a rahui imposed on the Waitakere Ranges and the flap over reo-speaking broadcasters.

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The experience of shopping

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:32:00 +1300

The global food industry is in a state of revolution making it more challenging than ever before for retailers and manufacturers to stay one step ahead of shoppers' changing needs. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the chief executive of Grocery Distribution - or IGD - which sits at the heart of food and grocery, providing international retail market intelligence.

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Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton discuss Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones' work for the dole proposal; and the secret protocol to the coalition agreement.

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Book Review - "The Stolen Bicycle" by Wu Ming-Yi

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:37:00 +1300

Jenna Todd from Time Out Books reviews The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi, published by Text Publishing.

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Eric Campbell - Silly Isles

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Eric Campbell is an award winning ABC foreign correspondent, whose latest book, Silly Isles, documents his journeys to some of the most isolated, bizarre and politically fraught places on earth. From the annual slaughter of pilot whales in the Farroe Islands to the tense standoffs over the Kuril and Spratly islands to the environmental degredation of Svalbard and the economic insanity of Iceland.

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Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:52:00 +1300

It's been two-and-a-half months since the country's General Election and there is still no government. Thomas Sparrow talks to Kathryn Ryan about the ongoing stalemate.

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Why career planning in sciences doesn't make sense

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:39:00 +1300

We are all born with predispositions, but live in a certain environment which changes us along the way. Similar to these gene-environment interactions, Professor Martin Kussmann says the best way to build a healthy career in the sciences is a result of the interaction between passion and exposure - he's studying. Professor Kussmann built his research experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech start-up and nutritional industries. He now works at the Liggins Institute in Auckland where he is the Scientific Director of the High-Value Nutrition, New Zealand National Science Challenge.

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How open and transparent is the new government?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Barely a month after ministers were sworn in, there have been claims the Labour-New Zealand first government has already adopted a secretive approach. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Clare Curran as Associate State Services Minister responsible for Open Government, who has indicated she wants to overhaul the Official Information Act. Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier discusses the role of the act and of public servants, as well as the responsibility of Ministers.

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The Week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:49:00 +1300

A lighter look back at the week, including the reaction to Melania Trump's Christmas decor at the White House.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:37:00 +1300

The mens and women's Rugby League World Cup finals, the first Ashes test won resoundingly by Australia, and the slightly farcical edict handed down by World Rugby which bans all hand written notes or words on their arms or hands.

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Grant Smithies picks four favourites from new NZ funk and soul compilation Heed The Call

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:07:00 +1300

You are cordially invited to shake your money-maker. Compiled by Auckland record collectors John Baker and Alan Perrott, a new double album Heed The Call looks at NZ soul, funk and disco released here between 1973 and 1983.

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Book review - The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 - 1992 by Tina Brown

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Kiran Dass from Unity Books reviews The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 - 1992 by Tina Brown, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

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Saving lives on the Africa Mercy

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:13:00 +1300

Deborah Adesanya's life was transformed by a five-month stint aboard the world's largest civilian hospital ship –​ The Africa Mercy. The New Zealand nurse features in the eight-part documentary series The Surgery Ship.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:51:00 +1300

Free speech is under renewed attack in the Pacific with Fiji running sedition trials - including against its major newspaper - and Samoa restoring criminal libel to silence a vexing blogger, the remarkable detective work on old Samoan photos and how sharks shape Pacific reefs.

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The power of profanities

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:35:00 +1300

Swear words have been used in varying situations for hundreds of years, but aside from insults and exclamations, can bad language be beneficial for you? Kathryn Ryan speaks to London-based scientist, journalist and author of the book, Swearing is Good for You, Emma Bryne.

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Calls for tougher sunscreen regulation

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:22:00 +1300

Calls are being made for mandatory & more regular testing of sunscreens, as Consumer NZ releases its full report into failing sun protection products. Unlike in Australia, sunscreens here are classified as cosmetics, not therapeutic goods, and the standard for testing is voluntary. That's despite New Zealand, having one of the world's highest rates of melanoma. As we gear-up for a hot summer, Kathryn Ryan talks to Consumer NZ's Belinda Castle and Tony Reeder who is the Co-Director of Otago University's Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit.

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Trump considers plan to replace Tillerson with CIA chief

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:09:00 +1300

US President Donald Trump is considering a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the coming weeks, in what would be the most significant shake-up so far in the administration. He is Tipped to be replaced by the CIA director Mike Pompeo, potentially bringing to close one of the most turbulent and shortest-lived tenures for a secretary of state in more than a century. Kathryn speaks with Foreign Policy intelligence reporter Jenna McLaughlin.

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