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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


Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:31:00 +1200

The super rugby playoffs start under a format weighted in favour of the South African teams; the Black Sox won the World Championship title this week reigniting the debate over why these sportsmen don't get the credit their supporters loudly claim they deserve; and what's happening to Lydia Ko after a disappointing showing in last weekend's US Open?

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

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

From the third wave of Flying Nun bands comes LP reissues of 90's indie rock groups Bressa Creeting Cake and Garageland, along with a collection of songs written by trade unionist Peter Conway, and a quiet gem from Australian Holly Throsby.

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Book review - I Actually Wore This by Tom Coleman

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Niki Ward reviews 'I Actually Wore This' by Tom Coleman. Published by Rizzoli New York.

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David Conn: The Fall of the House of FIFA

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:07:00 +1200

It has been almost two-and-a-half years since Sepp Blatter was unceremoniously dumped after four decades at the helm of the world soccer body, FIFA. It was the biggest corruption scandal to shake the association, and has been described as the most spectacular fall sport has ever seen. And it's now the subject of a new book by the award winning sports journalist for The Guardian, David Conn. The Fall of the House of FIFA chronicles the men at the centre of the association, alongside FIFA's long history since its conception in the early 1900s up until the widespread allegations of bribery and scandal today. So, from its earnest foundations early on to dazzling World Cups watched by billions around the world... How did FIFA fall so far?

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:48:00 +1200

The mother and brother of the New Zealander who died in Japan after being restrained in hospital for some 10 days after suffering a mental episode have been in Tokyo this week speaking out against the way he was treated. Also, the strange case of the North Korean defector.

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Greenland sharks: 'living time capsules'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:34:00 +1200

Sharks that pre-date the Industrial Revolution could hold the secret to longevity, as well as shedding light on the human impact on the oceans.

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Unpicking the Qatar crisis

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:18:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan speaks to former Al Jazeera journalist and current head of Amnesty International's UN office in New York, Sherine Tadros, about the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four of its neighbours.

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Fit to fly?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

A Transport Accident Investigation Commission says there are weaknesses in the medical certification system for pilots and wants better health warning alerts in the aviation industry. It also wants the Civil Aviation Authority and Health Ministry work to get better information out to GPs. Kathryn Ryan talks to Dr Dave Baldwin who is one of the country's leading aviation medics.

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Film review - Sarah McMullan

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Sarah McMullan reviews films from this year's New Zealand International Film Festival, including Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, The Love Witch, and House of Z.

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Children and pets

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:24:00 +1200

Psychologist Sarb Johal talks with Kathryn about what relationships with animals add to a child's life and development, as well as their family's.

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New technology with Paul Matthews

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +1200

The chief executive of IT Professionals, Paul Matthews, looks at net neutrality as the debate reignites; lessons still not learned on the need for encryption; and does artificial intelligence need regulation?

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Book review - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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

Laura Caygill reviews 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' by Gail Honeyman. Published by Harper Collins.

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Sarah Sentilles: Draw Your Weapons

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:08:00 +1200

How to live in the face of so much suffering? It's the question American writer, critical theorist, scholar of religion and author of many books, Sarah Sentilles, aims to answer in her new book, Draw Your Weapons... A unique perspective on the role of art against the violence of war. It's a book that took Sarah a painstaking 10 years to write and piece together, with an overarching aspiration that art might offer us the tools to re-make the world.

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UK correspondent Tim Sculthorpe

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:51:00 +1200

Prime Minister Theresa May has survived to reach the end of term; Britain's pension age is being increased again; and the Tories have found something to attack Labour on for the first time in weeks - tuition fees.

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Future proofing Christchurch

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

Despite facing the twin challenges of rising water tables and being in an active seismic zone, Christchurch has some natural advantages a US landscape architect says.

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What's going on at Fletcher Building?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:27:00 +1200

Fletcher Building has announced it has has revised down its earnings guidance and says the chief executive is leaving. It expects operating earnings to be about $525 million -- down from previous guidance of $610 to $650 million in the full-year ended June. That's because of losses in the building and interiors division and delays with big projects. The company says Mark Adamson is leaving as chief executive and an interim chief executive will take on the role from Monday. Kathryn Ryan talks to RNZ business editor Gyles Beckford.

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Clamping down on mobile truck shops

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:13:00 +1200

Moves to crack down on truck shops that are not stopping dodgy traders, an Auckland budget advisor says.

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Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Art via text message, new textile art in Wellington, and marking the passing of Cliff Whiting and Guy Ngan.

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Enterprising conservation: Papa Taiao Earthcare

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:29:00 +1200

Founder Marty Taylor talks to Kathryn Ryan about his sustainability and ecological restoration training organisation Papa Taiao Earthcare. Here, secondary school students lead social, cultural and environmental projects while learning practical earthcare and enterprising skills in fields such as oyster farming, translocation of native birds and possum trapping. Kathryn is also joined by Papa Taiao Earthcare students Alyssa Cribb and Pepi Griffiths.

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Music of the NZ International Film Festival

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Tony Stamp from RNZ's Music 101 programme features the best music from the NZ International Film Festival.

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Book review - Home: New Writing edited by Thom Conroy

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Louise O'Brien reviews 'Home: New Writing edited by Thom Conroy'. Published by Massey University Press.

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From slavery to obesity – the history of sugar

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:06:00 +1200

In the 16th century, 12 million slaves were snatched from Africa and sent to work in the Americas in service of Europe's growing dependence on sugar. Author James Walvin talks about the complex and corrupt history of sugar.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:51:00 +1200

Why two Green MPS have been forced out of parliament and a new security super ministry to be headed by the immigration minister Peter Dutton.

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The Super Smell Sensor

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:44:00 +1200

New Zealand scientists are using special smell sensing proteins harvested from the cloned cells of insect antennae to develope a super smell sensor. They hope to use them as part of a device which could be use to detect everything from the ripeness of fruit, to algae in drinking water and signatures of disease in human breath. Kathryn Ryan talks to Dr Andrew Kralicek, the head of Plant and Food Research's molecular sensing team which is working to develop the sensor

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The future of encryption

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:28:00 +1200

With the UK and Australia taking steps to restrict the use of encryption, will New Zealand follow suit? InternetNZ has recently released a position paper outlining the benefits of encryption and the risks in proposals to restrict its use. Kathryn Ryan talks to InternetNZ's chief executive Jordan Carter.

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Treasury report a "Pearl Harbour attack"

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Senior specialists at the Canterbury District Health Board have come out in strong support of the DHB's board and management in the war of words with the government. This follows a scathing report by Treasury published without warning on its website last week, accusing the board of ineffective financial management, and using manipulative strategies to gain additional funding. Kathryn Ryan talks to Christchurch Hospitals' Medical Staff Association deputy chair Dr Alistair Humphrey, who has likened the Treasury documents to a 'Pearl Harbour' attack.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Media matters with Gavin Ellis, including the Australian Government trying to relax media ownership laws and the multiple hurdles it is striking. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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The mothers project in NZ women's prisons

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:28:00 +1200

The mothers project started as a pilot programme at Auckland women's prison in Wiri, and it is now also running in Arohata and Christchurch women's prisons. It involves a team of volunteer lawyers regularly visiting and helping inmates, particularly with issues relating to the safety and care of their children. Wellington lawyer, Stacey Shortall is behind the initiative.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:11:00 +1200

Business commentator Rod Oram on why electricity prices are high, and will likely remain so for some time, bank profits slip, and Beingmate is causing more uncertainty in China for Fonterra.

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Book review - Between Them by Richard Ford

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

Quentin Johnson has been reading Between Them by Richard Ford. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Federated Farmers first female president

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:14:00 +1200

For the first time in its 118-year history, a woman is to head NZ's independent farming network. West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne says she will focus on bridging the rural/urban divide and the environmental impact of farming.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

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

The opioid addiction situation in America, the latest developments in the Donald Trump Jr's Russian dealings, and the state of John McCain's health.

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Giving sunshine a price tag

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:40:00 +1200

For the first time, sunshine has been given a price tag in the property market. A home's value increases by 2.4 per cent for every hour of sunlight it gets, according to a new study by the policy research institute Motu.

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Switching off: power customers fearful of skyrocketing prices

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

A 10-year old battle between locals and an electricity lines company in the King Country and Ruapehu District, is back in the spotlight following the recent freezing cold snap, with consumers railing against what they say are unfair charges. The Lines Company is based in Te Kuiti, and provides power to a wide district stretching from Otorohanga and Turangi, through to Tongariro and the tourism town of Ohakune. Some consumers have complained they faced almost all-day monitoring during the recent cold snap - some choosing to switch off appliances and heating, out of fear of getting hit with a high bill for the rest of the year. TLC has been reviewing its charging processes, under new executive and board leadership. So, are there signs of a break-through in the decade long battle? Kathryn Ryan speaks with TLC chief executive Sean Horgan, and Turangi resident Sandra Greenslade.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Kennedy discusses the Supreme Court ruling on the Ruataniwha dam, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, considered one of the guiding lights of the environmental movement and some rock stars of the animal world.

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For the love of chocolate

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:33:00 +1200

Karl Hogarth from Nelson company Hogarth Craft Chocolate talks to Kathryn Ryan about his dark labour of love. His shares his recipe for spiced hot chocolate, perfect for a cold winter's day.

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Politics with Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +1200

A look at the Greens' and NZ First party conferences, and Todd Barclay's non-appearance in parliament.

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Total War: Julien Blarel

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

A series of video games called Total War is allowing players to control enormous armies of tens of thousands of people in real time combat. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Julien Blarel, who has turned playing the game into a second job. He uploads videos of himself playing the game on YouTube where they've accumulated more than 38 million views. And it's not just gameplay... The game has helped prompt a passion for history, which Julien has channeled into a series of long-form documentaries about ancient history – all produced inside the game. [gallery:3462] screenshots from various Total War games

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South America correspondent Joel Richards

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:51:00 +1200

The vote taking place in Venezuela over the government's plans to rewrite the constitution, and in Brazil, former president Lula da Silva has been handed a nine-year prison sentence for corruption in the on-going investigation, but has said he will run for presidency next year. Will be able to run as candidate?

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Alexia Hilbertidou: 'Young women can’t be what they can’t see'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:39:00 +1200

After years of being the only female in many of her high school technology and science classes,  Alexia Hilbertidou founded GirlBoss New Zealand - a network of young women passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Retraining brains to treat Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:29:00 +1200

Scientists in Australia are about to begin testing a potentially revolutionary treatment for BDD. Kathryn Ryan talks to Susan Rossell a Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at Swinburne University who's discovered that people with BDD appear to have abnormalities in parts of their brains which deal with vision.

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Perfect storm creates Auckland teacher shortage

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan examines the complex factors behind Auckland's chronic teacher shortage with the Presidents of the city's principals' associations. James Thomas is the President of the Auckland secondary schools principals' association, he is also the principal of Whangaparaoa College. Kevin Bush is principal of Te Hihi School in Karaka, and the President of the Primary Principals Association.

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The Week that Was

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:49:00 +1200

With James Nokise and Irene Pink.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:32:00 +1200

Brendan Telfer with the latest ahead of this weekend's Wimbledon finals; a wrap up of the Lions tour; and a big weekend for some of our leading sportswomen.

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:06:00 +1200

It must be cold, surely, moving from Auckland to Norway? But Ryan McPhun of The Ruby Suns has done just that, strapping together his fifth album Sprite Fountain in an old schoolhouse near Oslo, fueled by reindeer burgers and akvavit. We also hear from Wellington synth-pop maestro Disasteradio and Liverpool post-punk frowners, Echo and the Bunnymen.

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Book review - The Answers by Catherine Lacey

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:41:00 +1200

Kiran Dass reviews The Answers by Catherine Lacey. Published by Granta.

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Could the age of the steam train return?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:11:00 +1200

Sam Mackwell, 23, is a man with a plan. He wants to bring back the sound of steam engines to Christchurch, and with it environmentally friendly commuter rail. 

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:51:00 +1200

Amidst voting chaos, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill looks to be returning to power; a new World Heritage site is declared in French Polynesia; and where are Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonen - really?

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Betting on Wimbledon? Learn to read the grunts

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:43:00 +1200

The grunts of tennis players reveal a lot about their game and give clues to the outcome of the match, according to a researcher of nonverbal vocalisation.

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Predator-free plea: 'We need more than just a rallying cry'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:19:00 +1200

One year on, support for Predator Free 2050 – the bold government-backed project to rid NZ of possums, rats and stoats by 2050 – is gathering pace, but scientists are warning it's an impossible goal.

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Polar blast causes chaos in Central North Island

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

At least 6,000 homes in the Central North Island are still without power, and the main roads through the region are closed, with another dumping of snow expected to cause more problems. In the Ruapehu District the roads are still very dangerous and the power situation is patchy. All of the State Highways around the volcanic plateau remain closed and there are power outages in several towns and settlements including Waiouru and Taihape. Meanwhile, half a metre of snow has fallen on Turoa ski-field over the past 24 hours and its blizzard conditions there again. Alan Proud farms in the Ohakune area and his farm is still without power. He says it's the worst storm he can remember.

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Film review with Tamar Munch

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

A review of the new series of Westside on Three, Netflix's Nobody Speak, and Wizard of Lies on SoHo.

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Spelling for success

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:29:00 +1200

Professor Tom Nicholson is a specialist in children's literacy at Massey University's Institute of Education. He tells Kathryn Ryan that a child who learns to spell properly is more likely to reach their full potential in life. Concerned that in an age of digital messaging spelling has become the 'Cinderella' of literacy education, Dr Nicholson says being a good speller is vital - especially for formal writing like job applications. He thinks phonics are the key to cracking the code.

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New technology with Robbie Allan

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Robbie tells Kathryn Ryan about Google's record NZ$3.7 billion fine. Also, a trade association of US newspapers has asked for permission to band together in order to negotiate more effectively against Facebook and Google.

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Book review - Martin Pebble by Jean-Jacques Sempe

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Niki Ward reviews 'Martin Pebble' by Jean-Jacques Sempe. Published by Phaidon.

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Diana Jones: Leadership Material

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:12:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to leadership coach Diana Jones about how to develop the "soft" skills that she says are critical to good leadership. Diana has spent 30 years advising executive teams in New Zealand's public and private institutions.

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UK correspondent Matthew Parris

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Matthew Parris tells Kathryn Ryan about the UK government ordering an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal of the '70s and '80s. He's also got the latest on the Grenfell Tower inquiry after its consultation period is extended.

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Child protection and why we must understand parent anger too

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:39:00 +1200

We often hear about improving the experience of young people in child protection services, and rightly so, but what of the experience of parents? University of Canterbury's Dr Anne Scott is principal investigator on the child custody project, which is exploring decision making in child protection and family court cases when they struggle with mental illness and/or addiction.

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Mosul's Liberation: the long road ahead

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:21:00 +1200

The black flags that proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State group have been replaced, in Mosul, by the red, white and black flag of Iraq. It's a significant blow to ISIS, but it's still only a step toward defeating the militant group. Kathryn Ryan talks to Barak Barfi - a research fellow at the New America Foundation where he specializes in Arab and Islamic affairs.

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Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

An one-trillion-tonne iceberg, more than six times the size of Auckland, has broken away from Antarctica and is now adrift in the Weddell sea. At roughly 6,000 square kilometres, it's one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded, to break away from the continent. An American satellite observed the iceberg while passing over a region known as the Larsen C Ice Shelf, near the south Atlantic. It had been expected to break off, for more than a decade now, but the cracking off the shelf had been accelerating rapidly in the past three years. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the director of Victoria University's Antarctic Research Centre, Andrew Mackintosh.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks to Kathryn Ryan about a vaccine that helps prevent gonorrhoea and explains what makes Martian soil toxic.

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Tongan food scientist focused on mentoring Pasifika students

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:29:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to senior Fonterra food scientist and researcher, Dr Palatasa Havea on inspiring Pasifika students. Dr Havea struggled through high school in Tonga, ultimately finding his niche at Massey university as an international student.

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Music with Graeme Downes

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

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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Book review - Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:39:00 +1200

Stella Chrysostomou has been reviewing 'Kingdom Cons' by Yuri Herrera. Published by Text Publishing.

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Do you understand your dog?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Dogs are complex, social animals who are better at reading us than we are at reading them, says veterinarian and author Paul McGreevy.

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'I think the endgame is chaos'

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

In Australia, the Malcolm Turnbull & Tony Abbott show rolls on, with the former Liberal Party leader continuing to destabalise the leadership of Turnbull and no endgame in sight.

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Seismic surveys deadly for plankton - study

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:42:00 +1200

Scientists in Australia have discovered seismic surveys commonly used for underwater oil exploration could be doing significant damage to plankton populations. The experiment found that one hour after a survey there was 60 percent less plankton in the water and two to three times more of those plankton were dead. Kathryn Ryan speaks to one of the study's authors, Associate Professor Robert McCauley from Curtin Univeristy in Perth.

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Kiwisaver scheme pushing diversity

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:18:00 +1200

The non-profit Kiwisaver fund manager Simplicity has put companies it invests in on notice, saying they must produce a plan to increase diversity of their boards and senior management. Kathryn Ryan talks to Simplicity's General Manager Sam Stubbs who has written to chief executives of the largest companies on the stock exchange and asked them to significantly increase diversity in their boards and senior management within five years.

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Snow closes roads as wintry chill hits

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

A bitterly cold front has swept through the country overnight - with snow hitting parts of the South Island, including Dunedin and Canterbury. Contractors have been out since late last night spreading grit and plowing the roads in an effort to get traffic moving again. MetService says temperatures will plummet further, bringing snow down to as low as 100 metres today. Kathryn Ryan speaks with NZTA Maintenance Contract Manager in Otago Nic Rodger, and a sheep and beef farmer in Waiau, Henry Pinckney.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:46:00 +1200

Gavin Ellis with a Press Council decision upholding a complaint against the Northern Advocate, and also the suspension of publication of Mana Magazine. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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From underachiever to Fulbright scholar

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:25:00 +1200

Trish Tupou's ode to underachievers, from disengaged student to Fulbright scholar - she says your school years do not have to define you. Here's a letter to her teenage self, which is a look back at her rocky school attendance days in Hamilton to eventually nailing a Bachelors degree at the University of Auckland. The Fulbright scholar is now heading to the University of Hawaii to do a Masters degree.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Rod Oram talks to Lynn Freeman about the government's decision to keep reviewing fuel prices, and its decision not to act on steel imports from China. Also, the spectacular plummet in the number of offshore trusts registered here, after the government asked them for more information about themselves.

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Book review - A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Jenna Todd has been reading 'A Separation' by Katie Kitamura. Published by Penguin Random House.

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Tim Minchin: the difference between truth and bollocks

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Australian composer and actor Tim Minchin wrote the music for the international hit Matilda the Musical. He talks to Lynn Freeman about the lessons of Roald Dahl, the unhelpfulness of hope and his addiction to trying new things.

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USA correspondent - Steve Almond

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:49:00 +1200

Lynn Freeman talks to Steve Almond about President Trump's showing at the G20 summit.

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The future of food safety

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:32:00 +1200

Lynn Freeman talks to Dr Anne Astin, an Australian food safety expert who helped lead the inquiry into the 2013 Fonterra contamination scare. She says new technology, climate change and social media are driving a global revolution in food safety.

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Three-month WOF for Oranga Tamariki

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The new standalone ministry, which incorporates Child, Youth and Family, some MSD and Community Investment functions and other services came to being in April. How close is it to achieving any of its goals?

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Urbanist Bill McKay

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

Bill McKay discusses whether bedrooms are required to have windows and illuminates us on how New Zealand's Building Code works.

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Sophisticated options for the non-drinker

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:33:00 +1200

Kathryn meets the founders of Arahi, producers of non alcoholic drinks they say are a sophisticated option for the social non-drinker. David Wilson and Jo-Anne Short started the business after they started going out together and realised how few options there were for Jo-Anne, who doesn't drink alcohol. Arahi produces sparkling Sauvignon Blanc juice, still Sauvignon Blanc and a still Merlot, made from cold pressed, premium New Zealand wine grapes.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills & Rob Hosking

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Stephen and Rob discuss Green's positioning on coalition with New Zealand First ahead of the election - and the prospects of The Opportunities Party.

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Book review - The Haunting by Margaret Mahy

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:39:00 +1200

Holly Walker reviews 'The Haunting' by Margaret Mahy. Published by Hachette NZ .

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Prabha Ravi - Bharatanatyam

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:06:00 +1200

India's beautiful national classical dance Bharatanatyam has has been performed for thousands of years in the Hindu temples of the Tamil Nadu region of South India. Prabha Ravi hopes Bharatanatyam could become one of New Zealand's national dances. She runs the Natraj School of Dance in Lower Hutt and has recently been awarded a Queen's service Medal for services to the ethnic and dance communities. The school's next performance takes place on the 15th July. For tickets go to their Facebook page or email:

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Clashes at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, the huge protest march from Ankara to Istanbul comes to an end and a spat among top EU officials in the European Parliament.

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The race to get hybrid-electric jet planes off the ground

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +1200

A team of Wellington scientists is hoping to use their technology to help build the world's first hybrid-electric jet plane. Three researchers from Victoria University's Robinson Research Institute have been invited to talk at a NASA special session in Wisconsin this month about using superconductor technology - an essential part of getting these planes off the ground. Emissions from planes have grown by 75 percent since 1990 - double the rate of other sectors of the economy. Kathryn Ryan speaks to the Institute's principal engineer and deputy director, Rod Badcock.

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SPCA on doggy daycare

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

A new code of welfare governing doggy day cares, boarding kennels and catteries is close to being introduced, but the SPCA says the industry still lacks regulation, auditing and compliance checks. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the SPCA's Chief Scientific Officer Dr Arnja Dale who says there should be mandatory ratios of humans to animals, requirements for qualifications of staff, and how animals should be segregated and supervised.

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The week that was

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:48:00 +1200

With James Nokise & Pinky Agnew.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:32:00 +1200

The home-coming of the America's Cup and the final showdown between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions, possibly the best two teams on the planet.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Jeremy Taylor savours new releases from locals Grawlixes and Reb Fountain, together with a new set from American singer-songwriter Kevin Morby, and a 30th anniversary re-issue from his favourite band, The Smiths.

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Book review - Dragon Defenders by James Russell

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:39:00 +1200

Rachel Eadie reviews 'Dragon Defenders' by James Russell. Published by Dragon Brothers books.

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Exploring the words of 'Earth's diary'

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Fossils are the words and strata are the pages of our planet's diary, says palaeontologist James Crampton. He's joining local iwi Ngai Tuhoe on a hunt for evidence of dinosaur fossils in Te Urewera.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:47:00 +1200

Anna reports on the rising tensions over North Korea, and why very little is likely to actually after the latest missile test.

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New Zealander's photo a finalist in top prize

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:34:00 +1200

New Zealander Lance Van Der Vyer's photo of a lion playing with a pangolin is part of this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which is currently on in Auckland.

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2020: The Climate Turning Point

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Christiana Figueres - the former UN climate chief and a key architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Ms Figueres and a team of top climate scientists recently published a report outlining six critical milestones that they say must be met within the next three years. If they're not met, they say there will not be enough time to decarbonise the economy before overshooting tipping points, which could lead to permanent changes in the global climate.

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TV Review - Paul Casserly

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Paul Casserly has been watching the new local chat show, Banter, and the gastric bypass comedy documentary, Wilbur: The King in the Ring.

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Parenting an anxious teen

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:26:00 +1200

Now is not an easy time to be a teenager and those who have anxiety need help from their parents to manage it, parenting consultant Nathan Mikaere-Wallis says.

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New technology - Sarah Putt

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

Kathryn Ryan speaks with Sarah Putt about the potential of the Internet of Things in New Zealand, encryptions, and a restructure for Microsoft.

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Book review - The Mountain by Luca D' Andrea

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:39:00 +1200

John King reviews 'The Mountain' by Luca D' Andrea. Published by Hachette NZ.

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Leo Houlding: the magic of extreme climbing

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:10:00 +1200

There's something deep and powerful about reckoning with a giant cliff in remote wilderness, says British climber Leo Houlding, who has made a career out of pulling off some of the toughest climbs on earth.

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UK correspondent - Geeri Peev

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:50:00 +1200

UK correspondent Geeri Peev reports on Grenfell tower, three weeks on from one of Britain's worst tragedies in living memory and looks at the extent to which Theresa May's authority is unravelling. Also, a new survey has surprising results on the preferred Tory leader.

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