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Preview: Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan

RNZ: Nine To Noon

From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with


The week that was

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:49:00 +1200

With Te Radar and Irene Pink.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:37:00 +1200

Brendan looks ahead to The Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney tomorrow, and at action in the women's Rugby World Cup.

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:11:00 +1200

Recorded in Auckland's Herne Bay by three acid-addled loons, the first and only Space Farm album has just been reissued and Grant Smithies has been, you know… freaking out, man. We also hear from 60s Wellington R'n'B band Tom Thumb, Hare Krishna techno producer Micronism and Virginia soul singer Lady Wray.

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Book review - The Book of Emma Reyes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Holly Walker reviews The Book of Emma Reyes by Emma Reyes. Published by Hachette NZ.

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Lars Mytting - for the love of wood

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:08:00 +1200

Norwegian author Lars Mytting is passionate about wood. Chopping it, stacking it, burning it and writing about it. Lars Mytting came to world-wide attention 2 years ago with his best-selling practical guide Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way which gives advice right down to the level of which chainsaw and the best type of axe to use. Lars speaks with Kathryn Ryan about his new novel The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, which tells of Edvard Hirjifell's quest to unlock family secrets, spurred on by his parent's mysterious death in a wood near the Somme when he was only three. Unsurprisingly one of the starring characters here is also... wood! [gallery:3558]

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:53:00 +1200

Anna Fifield tries to make sense of the recent tensions between North Korea and the United States.

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What does it take to complete the world's longest foot race ?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:48:00 +1200

Harita Davies talks to Kathryn Ryan about the extreme mental, physical and emotional challenges needed to complete the grueling Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in 51 days 12 hours and 48 minutes. The unusual race - took place in New York City with competitors running laps around a small half mile block - having to make a minimum of 95 km per day in order to stay on track to finish.

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Fa'alavelave and the burden of debt

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +1200

It’s Money Week and the Commission for Financial Capability wants to start tough discussions about debt in some of our most vulnerable communities – particularly Pacific communities.

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MPI responds to criticism over biosecurity & border control

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Yesterday on the programme the secretary of the Auckland Tree Council, Mels Barton, gave the Minister a serve over its management of Kauri dieback and Myrtle Rust, voicing fears that the fungal disease killing Hawaii's pohutukawa trees could reach New Zealand with devastating consequences. Kathryn talks to MPI's Dr Erik van Eyndhoven.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullen

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Sarah McMullen reviews the NZIFF's The Beguiled and A Date for Mad Mary, Top of the Lake: China Girl and 47 Meters Down.

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Talk about the awkward stuff - Chief Censor

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1200

The latest research from the office of the chief censor shows teens are learning about sexual violence from media they are consuming on-line without parental knowledge or input. This is shaping their attitudes towards sex and relationships, and they don't or can't talk to their parents or adults about it. The new Chief Censor David Shanks tells Kathryn Ryan while we might not be able to stop young people from watching what they want we can offer more support and education.

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New technology with Mark Pesce

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:08:00 +1200

Futurist, writer, educator and broadcaster Mark Pesce dives into the topic of "Initial Coin Offerings" or ICOs, effectively a way to be able to raise money without selling securities.

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Book review - Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Anne Else has been reading Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker by Marie Darrieussecq.

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An unusual slice of wildlife

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:08:00 +1200

When wild animals turn up dead it's Kathy Burek's job to cut them up to discover what killed them. But when you are one of the few veterinary pathologists working in the remote Alaskan wilderness the challenges are magnified. In more than 20 years on the job she has just about seen it all, now, with climate change, she's finding more and more peculiarities.

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UK correspondent Matthew Dathan

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Matt Dathan on how the silly summer season is well and truly in full force in UK politics, but the spectre of Brexit hangs over Westminster like an unwelcome relative.

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Border control inadequate, trees at risk - lobby group

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:30:00 +1200

The conservation and tree protection organisation The Tree Council, says a new fungal disease wiping out Hawaii's native pohutukawa could easily spread to New Zealand because our border control is so lax. The disease, Rapid O'hi'a, has killed hundreds of thousands of ohi'a trees in Hawaii. Once the fungal disease infects a tree it can die in a matter of days. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Dr Mels Barton of the Tree Council.

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Could fast regional rail really work?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Transport lobby group Greater Auckland's plan for a fast rail service connecting Auckland with Tauranga and Hamilton, and smaller towns in between, and claims it would help boost growth in a region where more than half the country's population live. The proposal is for a regional network with 17 trains that can travel up to 160 kilometres an hour - at the cost of 1-point-4-5 billion dollars.

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Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:47:00 +1200

A new generation of artists take the stage at Wellington's Adam Art Gallery, and Te Papa teases its overhauled art galleries with a new digital interactive.

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Connecting the habitats of pollinators

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:33:00 +1200

Andrea Reid is the creator and champion of Pollinator Paths, a movement aiming to connect the habitats of Auckland's pollinators.

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Music with Kirsten Johnstone: The National

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:13:00 +1200

Kirsten Johnstone with the music and backstory of American rock band, The National.

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Book review - Decline and Fall on Savage Street

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Louise O'Brien has been reading Decline and Fall on Savage Street by Fiona Farrell. Published by Penguin Random House.

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"53 years and I've loved every minute"- Lloyd Scott

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Lloyd Scott has been a much loved voice through the night on RNZ for the last 13 years, and on Radio New Zealand in one form or another for 53 years. Last Saturday he said goodbye to listeners on his last overnight shift. He talks to Kathryn about his life and career.

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Keeping our health records safe from hackers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:43:00 +1200

A recent global cyber attack that crippled the United Kingdom's national health service has shown Kiwis' health information is vulnerable and must be protected. Kathryn Ryan talks to Microsoft's worldwide health chief information security officer Hector Rodriguez who took a close look at the Wannacry virus and says that it's a matter of 'when' not 'if' the next attack will occur in this country.

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Australia's kiwimigrantgate

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:28:00 +1200

Julie Bishop, Malcolm Turnbull and a string of their colleagues have tried to turn the Australia's dual citizenship scandal into an issue of Labor 'conspiring with a foreign power'. Our correspondent Karen Middleton reports.

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Orthopaedic surgeons warn crisis looming

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The New Zealand Orthopaedic Association is calling for an urgent national task force on future orthopaedic surgery, for operations like hip and knee replacements, to prevent a looming crisis. The Association says unless key agencies start working together, there will not be the required surgical teams or theatres needed to meet rising demand, forcing those needing joint replacements to live in pain because they can't get the surgery they need. Kathryn Ryan talks to the Association's President Richard Keddell.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:43:00 +1200

Mike Hosking hosting the TVNZ leaders' debate, and four of the most trusted news sources in the US are British. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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From near bankruptcy to start-up magnet

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:24:00 +1200

The Israeli city of Tel Aviv has gone from near bankruptcy in the early 2000s, to a magnet for technology start-ups. Kathryn Ryan meets Hila Oren, the chief executive of the Tel Aviv Foundation and founder of Tel Aviv Global who's been involved in the transformation. She's in New Zealand talking to councils and businesses about the experience in her home town.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Rod Oram about Graeme Wheeler's last Monetary Policy briefing before he retires as Reserve Bank Governor, and Sir Bob Jones plans to build a timber-framed office building in Wellington

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Book review - Sky High

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Niki Ward has been reading Sky High - Jean Batten's Incredible Flying Adventures by David Hill and Phoebe Morris. Published by Penguin Books.

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Libraries: magical places, hallowed spaces

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:10:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Dr Stuart Kells who is one of Australia's leading bibliophiles and has recently completed a world tour of great libraries for his forthcoming book, The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Susan Milligan talks to Kathryn Ryan about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia after a car rammed into anti-white supremacist protesters, and also. is the GOP abandoning its President?

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Stormy weather set to ease

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:46:00 +1200

Torrential rain around much of the country has seen flooding and slips in Canterbury and the town of Akaroa cut off. Kathyn talks to Metservice duty forecaster Peter Little.

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Govt's anti microbial resistance plan 'lost opportunity'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +1200

The government has launched an action plan to address the threat of anti microbial resistance, in humans, animals and plants. The plan sets out five key objectives it says align with international efforts, and is a joint document produced by the Ministries of Health and Primary Industries. Nine to Noon science commentator, Auckland University microbiologist and author of Antibiotic Resistance:The End of Modern Medicine? Siouxsie Wiles, says the action plan is underwhelming and misses a big opportunity.

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"US will act calmly" - S Korea's Moon

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, has called for the increasingly bitter dispute between the United States and North Korea to be resolved peacefully. After a week of incendiary language between President Trump and Kim Jong Un over the threat of a missile strike on the US territory of Guam, and Pyongyang's increasing nuclear capabilities, tensions have escalated in the region. Kathryn Ryan talks to Evans Revere a former high ranking State Department official who has participated in negotiations with North Korea.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Outdoorsman Kennedy Warne discusses environmental tipping points.

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Handmade Sheep Cheese

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:33:00 +1200

Kirsty Silvester and her husband, Dave Chapman, hand-make pecorino, feta, halloumi and ricotta sheep cheese. Their small family business Wild Bush Cheese is based in Woodville in the Manawatu. Kirsty sells their sheep cheese at farmers markets and shops as far afield as the Hawkes Bay and runs cheese making workshops. She joins Kathryn Ryan with a recipe for a sheep feta and chicken salad.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Matthew and Stephen assess where the parties stand after an tumultuous and extraordinary three weeks in politics, just a little over a month out from the general election.

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Book review - Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:38:00 +1200

David Hill reviews 'Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love' by Mark Baker. Published by Text Publishing.

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From hating school as a child, to award-winning teacher

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:09:00 +1200

Award-winning teacher, Gail Harrison, is the Manager and Lead Educator of Whanganui Learning Centre, and recently received a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for sustained excellence. The former primary and intermediate school teacher has been with the not-for-profit charitable trust for more than a decade, and is dedicated to adult literacy and community learning. She tells Kathryn Ryan that school was not a happy place for her as a child.

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South America correspondent Emiliana Duarte

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:51:00 +1200

Emiliana Duarte has the latest on the ongoing unrest in Venezuela.

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Overseas retailers demand fair labour standards

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:29:00 +1200

A fear of losing overseas customers is driving the horticulture industry to clean up its act on labour exploitation, often of migrant workers. The Labour Inspectorate in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says supermarkets in the UK, Europe and the West Coast of America are increasingly cancelling contracts with suppliers which cannot prove they are exploitation free. This is being underpinned by domestic law such as the British Modern Slavery Act that requires strict labour standards as part of product quality. Kathryn Ryan talks to Gary Jones from Pipfruit New Zealand, and George Mason who is a General manager of Employment services at MBIE.

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New national network for sexual assault services

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:09:00 +1200

A new national network for sexual assault services has just been launched, aimed at improving access and care for victims, and training and support for clinicians. The Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service network, known as Saatslink, has come out of a two-year review of the sector, and is being funded by police, ACC and the Health Ministry. Kathryn Ryan speaks with clinical advisor to Saatslink, Dr Cathy Stephenson, who's Deputy Chairperson of professional training organisation MEDSAC.

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The Week That Was with James Elliot and Pinky Agnew

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Our comedians discuss some lighter stories of the week including the BBC employee caught watching a woman undress while a newsreader read out the latest sports news.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:34:00 +1200

A flying start for the Black Ferns at the Women's Rugby World Cup, Tom Walshe's amazing shot put gold at the World Athletic Championships, and the decision by South African rugby authorities to ditch the traditional green Springbok jersey and replace it with an all red one.

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Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:08:00 +1200

Jeremy Taylor pays tribute to the late, great Glen Campbell, and plays dark rock trio Mermaidens and indie rock quartet Ride.

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Book review - Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Unity Books' Kiran Dass reviews Solar Bones by Mike McCormack. Published by Canongate.

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Crisp close-ups of creepy crawlies

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Rotorua-based Bryce McQuillan is a passionate wildlife photographer. He's been taking extreme close-ups of insects with a macro lens for seven years. His specialty is spiders. He also takes photos of moths, slugs, beetles and many other invertebrates. You'll find his amazing shots in A Photographic Guide to Spiders of New Zealand, which has its 2nd edition coming out in November. His pictures have also been in National Geographic and are in demand around the world.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:51:00 +1200

China's security raid on Fiji raises questions of justice and sovereignty, controversy about plans to mine for phosphate in French Polynesia and debate over the control of the air space over the South Pacific.

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Athletes are top candidates for jobs too

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:44:00 +1200

Professor David Lavallee's research shows athletes are more employable than people who don't do sport. Sports psychologist and former head of the School of Sport at Stirling University in Scotland, Professor Lavallee tells Lynn Freeman how the attitudes and abilities of people who compete in elite sport can shape them up to be potential business and community leaders.

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Detecting skin cancer through smart phone apps... Do they work?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:25:00 +1200

A New Zealand-made mobile app has joined the fight against skin cancer to provide remote consultations with local skin specialists, and to encourage people to get suspicious skin lesions checked. Firstcheck was launched late last year and has already been downloaded tens of thousands of times. While New Zealand has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, a recent survey has shown fewer than 4 percent of New Zealanders get an annual skin check. Lynn Freeman speaks with Firstcheck's chief executive, Hayden Laird, and Monika Janda from Queensland University.

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ACC targets students in anti-sexual violence initiative

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:09:00 +1200

ACC a new initiative aims to help reduce the amount of sexual violence suffered by young people.  

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Viewing with Paul Casserly

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:49:00 +1200

TV and film writer Paul Casserly has been watching new Netflix documentary on the Russian doping scandal, Icarus, plus 1980s drug drama Snowfall on Soho, and NZ International Film Festival music documentaries, Swagger of Thieves and Bill Direen: A Memory of Others.

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Returning to learning

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:28:00 +1200

An estimated 90,000 New Zealanders aged 15 to 24 are not in education, training or employment. How can we support those who left school early return to education a bit later? Education specialist Lynn Brice talks about what works.

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Sarah Putt talks to Lynn Freeman about the possibility of Amazon coming to NZ, the Game of Thrones hacking and Bitcoin's value soaring.

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Book review - Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:39:00 +1200

Rachel Eadie reviews 'Anything Is Possible' by Elizabeth Strout. Published by Penguin Random House.

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Anne Tonner on parenting a child with anorexia

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:08:00 +1200

Human rights lawyer Anne Tonner has written an award-winning book about her daughter Chloe's battle with anorexia. Anne talks about Chloe's journey back to health and how the illness affected her family.

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Australia correspondent Bernard Keane

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:52:00 +1200

Bernard reports on the same sex marriage plebiscite, Australia's biggest bank being implicated in several major money laundering schemes and the continuing fallout from the citizenship resignations.

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World's tallest wooden office building for Wellington

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:42:00 +1200

Central Wellington will soon be home to the world's tallest timber office building. This week, Sir Bob Jones' company Robert Jones Holdings unveiled plans for the construction.

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Taxing water - crippling the economy or long overdue?

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:23:00 +1200

Federated Farmers say Labour's water tax plan has the potential to cripple regional economies if cattle and crop farmers are made to pay for the water they use. Environmental groups are welcoming the policy. Lynn talks with Federated Farmers water spokesman Chris Allen and Kevin Hackwell of Forest & Bird.

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Where to from here for the Greens?

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Its co-leader has resigned, its poll ratings are down - can the Greens recover, and how? Lynn Freeman talks with leader James Shaw.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:49:00 +1200

After a 25-year wait, the first genetically-engineered salmon have been sold to consumers in Canada. Is it harder to create 'designer' babies as previously thought? Trees in the Amazon make their own rain. And scientists move one step closer to determining not only why some people have allergies, but also how to block them.

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Daniela Papi Thornton

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:29:00 +1200

Daniela Papi Thornton talks to Lynn Freeman about why she thinks social entrepreneurship may have lost its way. Once a force for bringing about system change she says social entrepreneurship is often just a more soft and cuddly way of doing business. Daniela argues we don't need more social businesses, we need more social change.

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Randy Newman: Dark Matter

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Graeme Downes, founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago, discusses Randy Newman's twelfth studio album "Dark Matter".

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Book review - A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Phil Vine reviews "A Stranger in the House" by Shari Lapena. Published by Penguin Random House.

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Rosita Worl: 'You have to know the system better than they do'

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:06:00 +1200

At six years old, Rosita Worl was taken from her family by welfare authorities. She went on to become an anthropologist and devoted advocate for the rights of Native Alaskans.

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UK correspondent Kate Adie

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:44:00 +1200

Kate Adie reports on the endless stories about Brexit, the controversial TV coverage about Princess Diana and whether trouble at the National Trust is a mere storm in a teacup? Rather than her regular cross from London, Kate joins us in person, as she's in New Zealand for the NZIFF screening of 6 Days.

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Could gut bacteria help obese teens lose weight?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:32:00 +1200

Paediatric endocrinologist Wayne Cutfield on the weight loss trial involving gut bugs from lean young people to help obese teenagers lose weight. He is leading a team of researchers at the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute focussing on whether introducing a range of diverse bacteria to an overweight person's system may result in them being able to better metabolise food, and lead to weight loss and health benefits. For more information about the study, or to join it, email

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Former PM 'concerned' over departure of Auditor-General

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:18:00 +1200

Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer is concerned the parliamentary select committee tasked with investigating the former Auditor-General Martin Matthews failed to go through the constitutional process. Mr Matthews fell on his sword last week after a parliamentary inquiry found it was untenable for him to stay in role - following his handling of a major fraud case when he led the Transport Ministry. The report by the retired public servant Sir Maarten Wevers criticised Mr Matthews' performance as chief executive of the Ministry of Transport while major fraud was being committed there. But hours before it was due to be made public, a parliamentary committee unanimously agreed the report should not be published. Lynn Freeman speaks with former prime minister and constitutional law expert Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

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16 tertiary institutes under fraud spotlight

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Immigration New Zealand believes some tertiary institution staff may have been involved in fraud and corruption and is keeping tabs on staff at 16 institutions. The alleged offending includes bribery and faking students' results and attendance records. Nine to Noon speaks with Christine Clark, chair of Independent Tertiary Education NZ, who says the problem is getting worse.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Media commentator Gavin Ellis examines the coverage of Jacinda Ardern's appointment to the Labour leadership, and a British journalism professor has calculated when the circulation of Britain's national newspapers will hit rock bottom. How do New Zealand's metropolitan papers fare under the same formula?

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Loneliness and elder abuse

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Social isolation and loneliness make elderly people susceptible to psychological (and sometimes physical) abuse – most often at the hands of family members. Louise Rees and Hanny Naus from Age Concern NZ discuss the problem.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:08:00 +1200

Business Commentator, Rod Oram with - the remarkable increase in investment funds using "responsible investing" practices, and Auckland Airport's long-term infrastructure plans, and how it will pay for them.

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Book review - Release by Patrick Ness

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:30:00 +1200

Catriona Ferguson has been reading Release by Patrick Ness.

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Rescuing timber from the landfill one beam at a time

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:08:00 +1200

Robert Scott is saving waste and surplus wood from the building industry from getting bulldozed into the landfill and restoring it for re-use.

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US correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:52:00 +1200

Susan Milligan with the latest US political rumblings.

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CSI Gracefield: using forensics to catch poachers

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Scientists have helped convict seven people and a Bay of Plenty fishing company, for illegally selling nearly 700 kg of paua over a 13 month period. Dr Karyne Rogers, a Senior Scientist with GNS Science, in Gracefield, Lower Hutt explains how her team used stable isotope analysis to pinpoint exactly where it had been poached from. The black market paua that was seized represented almost a third of the allowable commercial catch in the local fishery zone which includes the Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Northland and the Waikato.

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What next for the Greens?

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

Lynn Freeman speaks with political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams.

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"This won't destroy the Greens" - Jeanette Fitzsimons

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Is the Green Party in meltdown as it moves to expel two of its 14 MPs at caucus this morning? Kennedy Graham and David Clendon yesterday spoke out against the co-leader Metiria Turei, saying her position on benefit fraud makes her no longer fit to be co-leader. The party has swiftly closed ranks around Mrs Turei, with party co-leader James Shaw firmly backing her leadership and saying the two MPs actions were unacceptable, a betrayal and a breach of caucus rules. Lynn Freeman speaks with the original co-leader of the Green Party, Jeanette Fitzsimons.

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Satellite cities & motorways – do they fit in the modern world?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Bill McKay discusses the old ideas of satellite cities and motorways and where they fit in the modern world.

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Ray Letoa: Samoan cuisine with a modern twist

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Ray Letoa is one of New Zealand's top bartenders, working at CoCo at the Roxy in Wellington. As part of this year's Visa Wellington On a Plate event, Ray is championing Samoan cuisine through traditional methods with a modern twist.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Stephen and Mike dissect a tumultuous week in politics: the rise of Jacinda Ardern, and Metiria Turei's gamble.

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Book review - Darien: Empire of Salt by C.F. Iggluden

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Harry Broad reviews 'Darien: Empire of Salt' by C.F. Iggluden - published by Penguin Random House.

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Andrew Cameron: taking nursing to the extreme

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

NZ-born humanitarian aid nurse and midwife Andrew Cameron has worked in some of the world's most dangerous locations, but spends most of his time serving the remote Queensland community of Birdsville.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:49:00 +1200

Seamus Kearney discusses the European contaminated eggs scandal; heatwave and anti-tourist protests cause airport delays with the new EU regulations; and two Chinese tourists are arrested for making a Nazi salute outside the German parliament.

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AA calls for massive upgrade to NZ’s most dangerous roads

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:37:00 +1200

The Automobile Association is calling for a massive investment to improve the safety of our roads ahead of the election next month. The AA has found about 40 percent of our state highways score only 2 out out of a possible 5 in a 5-star safety rating system. The worst offending roads are State Highway 22 from Drury to Pukekohe, and State Highway 58, close to Wellington, from Pauatahanui to Upper Hutt. Lynn Freeman speaks with the AA's motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon.

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Walsh takes shot put gold at world champs

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:27:00 +1200

Tom Walsh's coach Dale Stephenson celebrates a Gold Medal win at the World Athletics Championships.

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PSA class action heads to Wellington High Court

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

A group made up of more than 200 Kiwifruit growers, suing the government for negligence over the way it handled the PSA outbreak, head to court today, in a multi-million dollar class action. The group called 'Kiwifruit Claim' are accusing the Ministry for Primary Industries of breaching a duty of care by letting the disease get into the country in 2010, and claiming losses of $376 million. MPI rejects the allegations. On its website it states that it acted appropriately in its treatment of PSA as a biosecurity threat, and in line with its international obligations and scientific knowledge available at the time. It says it did not 'let' PSA into the country by allowing pollen imports into New Zealand, and various studies are inconclusive as to how it entered the country. Success could expose the Government to claims by other sectors affected by disease and pests. Lynn Freeman talks to Te Puke growers Stewart and Gilly Moss who are taking part in the class action.

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The week that was

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:48:00 +1200

With James Elliot and Elizabeth Easther.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:31:00 +1200

This week marks the end of the Super Rugby tournament with the Lions and Crusaders facing off in the final in Johannesburg; and this weekend the sporting world will witness one of the greatest sportsmen of the 21st century, Usain Bolt, who's in action for the last time at the World Championships in London.

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Brian Eno: bringing the fringe to the mainstream

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Celebrating the re-release of the first four solo albums from former Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno, Jeremy Taylor casts an eye over the man, his music and its influence.

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Adrian Fisher: Magical mazes

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan meets world leading maze designer, Adrian Fisher, who has designed more than 700 mazes in 35 countries over the past 40 years - including hedge mazes, panel mazes, paving mazes, mirror mazes, water mazes and even maise mazes. He says labyrinths are an antidote to our technology-laden lives.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Anna Fifield reports from Bangkok where there's high political drama this week as Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister who was ousted in a May 2014 coup and banned from politics for five years, appeared in court to defend herself against corruption charges.

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DNA deciphering: families, surprises and skeletons

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:32:00 +1200

Genealogy is now the second most popular hobby in the United States (after gardening), according to Time magazine. NZ genealogist Michelle Patient is an expert in using DNA tests to help people find their roots.

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Jacinda Ardern rules out Peters for PM

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks with the new leader of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern. She's been taking stock of the campaign strategy and definitively rules out Winston Peters as PM in any Labour led coalition.

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Viewing - Tamar Munch

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:46:00 +1200

Freelance publicist and viewing consumer Tamar Munch has been watching new Canadian crime drama starring NZ's own Anna Paquin Bellevue, and new reality series coming up on TVNZ1, Hunted UK.

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Parenting: 'Lets give fathers a bit of a voice'

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:26:00 +1200

Children with an actively involved father are better set up for the future in every respect so it's time families, communities and society at large did more to support men becoming such fathers, says education consultant Joseph Driessen.

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New technology - Bill Bennett

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:10:00 +1200

Technology journalist Bill Bennett discusses Russia's move to crack down on virtual private networks. Also, two conflicting takes on the power of online advertising; and the day the music died: the Pandora music service closes in New Zealand and Australia.

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Book review - Anna by Niccolo Ammaniti

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Gail Pittaway reviews 'Anna' by Niccolo Ammaniti, published by Text Publishing.

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Kim Hughes: 'You have to have a sick sense of humour'

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:06:00 +1200

In 2009, British Warrant Officer Kim Hughes defused 119 Taliban IEDs in Afghanistan, the next year he dismantled seven bombs in a single day. He talks about the confidence and sense of humour it takes to work in bomb disposal.

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