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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


Media commentator - Gavin Ellis

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Gavin looks at Fairfax's move to replace Sydney suburban newspapers with a magazine and TVNZ falling foul of a 'comment for hire' set up. Gavin is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on .

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NZ sculptor designs a US Mint coin

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:28:00 +1300

US based New Zealand, LeRoy Transfield has designed a special coin for the US Mint to commemorate the contributions of Americans to World War 1. He entered his design as part of a competition run by the US Mint, where he will go next week to see the first coin come off the press.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

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

Rod Oram gives his assessment of Fonterra's goals for tackling climate change which were released last week.

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Book review - Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood,

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Phil Vine reviews 'Alias Grace' by Margaret Atwood, published by Hachette.

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Mafia Mushrooms: underground cooperation and intimidation

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Toby Kiers is interested in millenia-old underground biological 'markets', entwined in the roots of plants and trees. Toby is researching plants' relationships with microbes, and the economics behind their co-operation, or lack of it, in a thriving trade of essential phosphorus, nitrates and sugars between plants and fungi. In another partnership Toby is interested in - science and design - her lab has produced a stop motion video and a video game to help communicate how fungal networks trade nutrients with host plants.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:55:00 +1300

The latest from the US with our correspondent, Susan Milligan.

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What does synthetic meat mean for our farmers?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:31:00 +1300

Technology futurist Dr Rosie Bosworth, Honorary Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University Keith Woodford and CE of Beef + Lamb NZ Sam McIvor discuss how much of a disruptive factor synthetic meats are likely to be to New Zealand's agricultural sector.

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"It's time to take the politics out of it" - Judge Becroft

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:08:00 +1300

The government is moving to set child poverty reduction targets into law. New legislation is being drafted which the government wants introduced in its first 100 days. Is a cross-party consensus on this issue possible? The Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the time is right for all political parties to come together to improve the lives of tens of thousands of children - and he's ready to broker talks.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:48:00 +1300

More on Kennedy's Australian expedition, including his first-ever dive on the Great Barrier Reef -- in a place that lost half of its coral through bleaching in 2016 and 2017.

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WISE women serve up delicious world cuisine

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Refugee women are cooking a range of cuisines at Auckland markets and events as part of the WISE catering project. Coordinator Sasi Niyamathullah shares a recipe for the group's popular Sri Lankan rolls.

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Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:07:00 +1300

The America's Cup set-up in Auckland, what next after a series of meetings between the Government, Auckland Council and Team New Zealand ? Also how well is Prime Minister Jacinda Adern doing on the domestic compared to the world stage?

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Book review - Winter by Ali Smith

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

Anne Else reviews "Winter" by Ali Smith, Published by Penguin Random House NZ.

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Classic planes, 'Love is in the air'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Renowned writer and photographer Ivor Wilkins' new book Classic Planes explores not just the machines, but the aviation pioneers of New Zealand history and the engineers working to obsessively rebuild their planes today.

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Africa correspondent Debora Patta

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:00 +1300

With Robert Mugabe ousted as the leader of Zanu PF by the party, what happens next? We cross to Debra Patta for the latest.

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Brave new world of Initial Coin Offerings

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:32:00 +1300

Financial watchdogs around are issuing warnings about the risks of Initial Coin Offerings, more commonly called ICOs. These involve start-up companies issuing digital "tokens" or "coins" to investors to generate capital. ICOs have become hugely popular in 2017 generating billions for companies. But what are the pitfalls for investors and what is the Financial Markets Authority in NZ advising to keep consumers safe.

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How will countries meet Paris Climate targets?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The latest UN climate change negotiations have wrapped up in Bonn - so how will members meet their targets from the Paris Agreement? Kathryn talks with social scientist Bronwyn Hayward of the University of Canterbury, the only New Zealand lead author in an international team appointed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to investigate the impacts of global warming of 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels. She's currently at Oxford University currently as an Erskine funded fellow, where she's about to give a keynote lecture at the University on the challenges for governments around the world in meeting Paris targets. This coincides with the release of her book: Sea Change: climate politics and New Zealand and the end of the COP23.

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The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther

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

A lighter look at the stories of the week including the Dunedin driver caught playing on his bagpipes, a new species of grass that tastes like salt and vinegar chips and why Apple's 'tears of joy' emoji is the world's most popular.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

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

The All Whites come up short in Peru, Steve Hanson laments how TV replays appear to be causing referees to make decisions which favour the home team, and the odd decision of World Rugby to award the 2023 Rugby World Cup to France.

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Jamaica’s original dancehall queen Sister Nancy is coming to NZ

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:10:00 +1300

Pioneering Jamaican vocalist Sister Nancy is performing in Aotearoa for the first time this weekend, with shows in Raglan and Auckland. Bass-addled fanboy Grant Smithies is beside himself with anticipation, and plays two of her key tracks today. We also hear splendid tunes from Dunedin avant-folk singer AJ Sharma and the one, the only, the perennially pervy Prince, RIP.

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Book review - Logical Family by Armistead Maupin

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews Logical Family by Armistead Maupin, published by Doubleday.

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Steve Bisley: All the Burning Bridges

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:06:00 +1300

Often portrayed as the cool-dude larrikin, living a life of excess, the veteran Australian actor Steve Bisley has made a name for himself in TV series such as Water Rats and Police Rescue and has worked on some of Australia's biggest productions, in a successful career spanning decades. But it was his role alongside Mel Gibson in 1979's Mad Max that earned him his big break. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Steve about his new memoir, All the Burning Bridges, a follow-up to his 2013 memoir, Stillways.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:50:00 +1300

A new prime minister in the Solomon Islands, elections in Tonga, Australia pushes a Chinese company out of Melanesia and plans for floating cities in French Polynesia are unveiled.

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Rethinking how NZ deals with meningococcal disease

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:37:00 +1300

Paediatrician Professor Andrew Pollard is a world expert on vaccination; he advises the World Health Organisation and is the Chair of the United Kingdom's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. He is the NZ as the University of Otago's Margaret Black Fellow. Professor Pollard has studied meningococcal vaccines and chaired the committee in the UK which recommended introduction of the UK programme in 2015 which has halved the rates of MenB disease in children. He discusses with Kathryn whether NZ needs to review how it protects the population against meningitis.

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Learning from NZ's 30-year Quota Management System

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:22:00 +1300

One of the world's biggest environmental organisations The Nature Conservancy has just released an assessment of New Zealand's fisheries. It finds while New Zealand is ahead of most countries in sustainable management, problems such as fish dumping and gaps in data collection are prompting calls for more stringent mechanisms across the board. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the editor of the report, Lynne Hale.

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Road toll heading towards the worst in seven years- why?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:08:00 +1300

With just 6 weeks until the end of the year, 325 people have died on the roads... ...that's just three fewer than all of last year. An analysis of the road toll by consultants Deloitte, and just released by the Ministry of Transport, points to the increase in the number of kilometers driven, the disproportionate number of motorcycles involved in serious road crashes, and it questions the lack of information over drug use and the distraction of mobile phones. Dr Sam Charleton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Waikato University and part of the Traffic and Road Safety Research Group.

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Viewing with Paul Casserly

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:45:00 +1300

TV and Film writer Paul Casserly has been watching new movie Professor Marston and The Wonder Woman: the story of the polyamorous relationship of the Wonder Woman creator, his wife and his mistress. Also, epic 18 hour documentary series The Vietnam War, currently available on TVNZ On demand, and David Attenborough's latest installment of the Blue Planet series on TV1.

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Disciplining children ... the nice way

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:25:00 +1300

Anna Martin is a child, adolescent and adult therapist who specialises in the discipline process and the parent/child relationship. She has developed two new methods called Awareness Discipline Method and the Reflective Discipline Method, which support the bond between parents and children.

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New Technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:08:00 +1300

Sarah Putt discusses the tension between regulation and technology as outlined in new report Analog Regulation, Digital World: what is NZ's track record and we are getting it right? Also, happy 10th birthday Xero! The accounting software company's decision to list solely on the ASX has dismayed the financial community, but Sarah explains to Kathryn Ryan why the tech community is celebrating this very interesting company.

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Book review - Mythos

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Sonja deFriez reviews Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece by Stephen Fry, published by Penguin. Random House NZ.

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Peter Carey: 'The useful word is not guilt, but responsibility'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:09:00 +1300

Peter Carey tackles the fraught and shameful parts of Australia's Aboriginal history in his latest novel. He tells Kathryn Ryan that it's time all Australians do whatever they can to help ease pain and correct injustice.

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UK correspondent Matt Dathan

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

The big stumbling block holding up progress in Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson faces calls to resign over the tragic case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe a British-Iranian dual citizen who is languishing in a Tehran jail, charged with trying to overthrow the regime.

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Tim Gill: learning through risk

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:31:00 +1300

It's only in the great outdoors that children can learn crucial life lessons like resilience and respect, says scholar and child advocate Tim Gill.

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Upholding democracy in a place that doesn't exist

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:22:00 +1300

New Zealand's Dr Michael Walls has the unusual job of being the chief international observer of presidential elections in Somaliland, a country that has yet to gain international recognition. This week it went to the polls in its sixth election since declaring independence from the rest of Somalia, using biometric eye scanners, in a first for Africa.

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The battle for power in Harare

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

What now for Zimbabwe as its military places the country's only ever president, 93 year old Robert Mugabe, under house arrest? Kathryn Ryan talks to our Africa correspondent.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

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

This week, scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks about the danger of wind turbines, at least if you are a bat; the neurons that may be the key to treating some forms of infertility; and the surprising finding that daytime wounds heal more quickly than those suffered at night.

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Sarah Wilkins: an illustrator's life

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:28:00 +1300

Sarah Wilkins is the only New Zealand illustrator involved in the wildly successful Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls book series. She's also designed a mural in Paris and just collaborated on the kids' book The Longest Breakfast with poet Jenny Bornholdt.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:07:00 +1300

A look at the 14th and final studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker, released in 2016 just 19 days before his death. The critically acclaimed album was created towards the end of Cohen's life, and focuses on death, God and humour. 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 - Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:41:00 +1300

"Fools and Mortals" by Bernard Cornwell, reviewed by Gail Pittaway. Published by HarperCollins.

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Richard Denniss: 'Every time we waste money, we count it as wealth'

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

Many of us keep spending money we don't have, to buy things we don't need, to impress people we don't know. To stem this tide of waste we need to become more – not less –​ materialistic, economist and author Richard Denniss says.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:47:00 +1300

The MP citizenship debacle claims more victims; Australians will find out today the results of the same-sex marriage postal vote; the standoff continues on Manus Island; and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's poll figures slump further.

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Slacktivism and the erosion of collective action

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:39:00 +1300

'Slacktivism' and, ironically, the belief that people power can change society are undermining attempts at collective action, new research has shown.

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HPV vaccine: 30% higher uptake than expected

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:30:00 +1300

Drug buyer Pharmac says there's been a 30% higher than predicted demand of the HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical, mouth, throat, penis and anal cancers. The human papillomavirus vaccine was funded for girls and young women nine years ago, with funding extended to boys and young men at the start of this year. There is currently a shortage of the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Pharmac's Manager of Procurement and Contracts Greg Williams and Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre at the University of Auckland Nikki Turner.

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Iwi moves to put rāhui on Waitakere Ranges

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:09:00 +1300

An iwi wants the government to help stop people entering the Waitakere Ranges this summer as athe disease threatening to wipe out kauri intensifies.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:44:00 +1300

With the protection of sources being tested by Winston Peters' court application to secure the records of two journalists in relation to his superannuation over payments, Gavin Ellis asks how far does New Zealand's media shield law extend? He also looks at a study in the US which manipulated the news to determine the effect that mainstream media have on social media commentary. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Last chance before jail

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:25:00 +1300

Kathryn meets Stephen Boxer, former soldier and founder of the South Auckland youth development programme, MYND, which works with the high risk offenders as a last chance before jail. It's a community based 30 week course, targeting young offenders aged between 14 and 17 - described as the top 20 percent of criminals responsible for 80 percent of crime committed by their age group, and referred by the Youth Court.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

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

The CPTPP - will there be a deal? If so, what kind of deal will it be? And Xero reports its first profit, but ditches the NZX.

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Paul Ham: 'Hitler would have millions of adherents today'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Until Germany's humiliating World War I defeat ignited his political ambitions and nationalistic hatred, Adolf Hitler was more a 'reject' than a monster, says Australian historian Paul Ham.

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:48:00 +1300

Steve Almond has the latest from the USA including the uncertain future of Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate accused of sexual predation. Also more on Trump and Putin and the continuing fallout from Hollywood's sexual harassment revelations.

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What Kaikoura has taught us about earthquakes

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:37:00 +1300

On the anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake, more than 100 overseas scientists have joined about 20 more New Zealand geologists in Blenheim for the eighth annual International Workshop on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology. Kathryn Speaks to Dr Edwin Nissen who's a geophysicist from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada who's in Blenheim for the conference. He says from a geophysical point of view, the Kaikoura quake is one of the world's most interesting ruptures.

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Beyond Manapouri, 50 years of environmental politics

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:11:00 +1300

Environmental historian, Catherine Knight examines the catalogue of missed opportunities since the birthplace of the Manapouri environmental movement. Her new book, 'Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand' is particularly critical of the lack of political leadership in the last 25 years. Catherine Knight is an Honorary Research Associate at the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University.

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Urbanist Bill McKay

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:48:00 +1300

Bill McKay discusses urban issues in the South Pacific's towns and cities.

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Some like it hot: time for chillis

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:31:00 +1300

Tricia Watson runs Napier-based Orcona Chillis 'N Peppers business with husband Alvin. They make about 20 different products to spice up your life, including relishes, pickles, sauces, dried ingredients for cooking...and fresh chillis.

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Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton discuss the latest from the TPP negotiations.

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Book review - The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Charlotte Graham reviews The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, published by MacLeHose.

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Gordon Tietjens: the highs & lows of rugby sevens

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Sir Gordon Tietjen's names is synonymous with rugby sevens. For 20 years he coached the NZ Sevens team, through more than 100 international tournaments, winning four Commonwealth Games gold medals, 12 World Series titles and two sevens World Cup titles. He took New Zealand's first ever Sevens teams to the Rio Olympics last year in search of gold, but the team was plagued by injuries and were knocked out by Fiji at the quarterfinal stage. Shortly afterwards, he resigned from the role and is now coaching the Samoan national sevens team. Sir Gordon talks to Kathryn about the highs and lows of his long career, detailed in his new memoir Legacy.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:51:00 +1300

Seamus Kearney on Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy's visit to Barcelona a day after a massive pro-independence rally - and the first time since imposing direct rule.

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Building on tikanga Maori

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:42:00 +1300

The Ngai Tuhoe meeting house Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana and its designers have won the Ted McCoy Award for Education at this year's New Zealand Architecture Awards. Kathryn Ryan talks to Hugh Tennant from Tennant Brown Architects about designing sustanable, functional, inspiring buildings, that are capable of going off grid while giving expression to tikanga maori.

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Are flexible learning environments working in NZ schools?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:30:00 +1300

Modern classrooms are closely linked to innovative teaching methods and deeper learning, research in New Zealand and Australia has found.

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Are video games encouraging children to gamble?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The Problem Gambling Foundation and a number of psychologists concerned over what they say is an alarming new trend of video games that encourage children to gamble. They're called pay-to-loot systems, where players are prompted to spend real money in return for an upgrade or reward. Psychologists say developers are using the same tactics as casinos to take thousands of dollars from gamers every year... in some cases up to tens of thousands of dollars. And they're questioning whether it's promoting a form of harmful gambling addiction. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Emil Hodzic, a registered psychologist specialising in video game addiction and software misuse, and founder of Video Game Addiction Treatment Clinic; and the chief executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation Paula Snowden.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Alice Brine

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:45:00 +1300

How much is too much for a cheese scone? Why Chrismas music is bad for your health, and the plane forced to land after a woman discovered her husband's affair mid-flight.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:31:00 +1300

The All Whites versus Peru, the woeful state of the Samoa Rugby Union's finances and the Kiwis versus Tonga at Rugby League World Cup

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:08:00 +1300

Jeremy Taylor partakes of the atmospheric 'post-metal' of Wellington's 'Spook The Horses' as it takes a remarkable turn, the late George Michael's 'Listen Without Prejudice' turns 25, some tuneful Californian punk rock from 'The Bronx', and a fine solo album from Windy City Struggler Bill Lake.

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Book review - Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Laura Caygill reviews Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, published by Bloomsbury.

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Tips on staying safe from an SAS Corporal

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Former SAS corporal Chris Ryan knows how to survive. In his new book Safe, Ryan gives practical advice on spotting a con, staying safe on holiday and how to know when it's time to run or time to hide.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:52:00 +1300

Nine to Noon correspondent and Tokyo Bureau Chief for The Washington Post discusses Donald Trump's State visit to China ahead of APEC.

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Insertable microchips get under the skin

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:44:00 +1300

Kayla Heffernan has two microchips inserted under her skin that open her doors at home and work. She's doing her PhD on Insertable technology at the University of Melbourne, looking at what devices people are putting into their bodies and why. Part of her research will feature 10 volunteers who last week had microchips inserted into them as part of the technology festival - Pause Fest . Their microchips were loaded with VIP tickets to the event next Febraruy in Melbourne, but they'll also be able to load other things onto the chip in the coming month. Kayla joins Kathryn to discuss the project, and whether insertables will unlock the future.

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Atlanta's two-wheel revolution

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:20:00 +1300

How do you make a city cycle-friendly? Jenn Graham talks about how she helped the auto-centric US city of Atlanta become a bonafide bike hub.

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Hobbit law change "won’t damage film industry"

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

Actors' representatives say they want to see the government move swiftly to re-write the so-called 'Hobbit Law', and that the film industry will not suffer as a result. The law, which was introduced in 2010, prevented film workers from collective bargaining. The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, this morning confirmed that the process of repealing the law will begin in the first 100 days. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Melissa Ansell-Bridges from Equity New Zealand; and Wellington lawyer Mike Gould who represented The Lord of the Rings model maker James Bryson in his legal case over whether he was an employee or a contractor.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullan

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:48:00 +1300

Sarah McMullan has been watching Thor: Ragnarok, Ingrid Goes West and 8th in the SAW horror series Jigsaw.

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Teaching empathy and compassion towards animals

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

The SPCA have developed an education programme to teach children empathy, compassion and responsibility towards animals. The strategy is based on empirical evidence from international research and is designed for primary and intermediate schools. The programme has been uniquely designed by New Zealand classroom teachers to integrate into the New Zealand Curriculum subjects schools teach; making animal welfare a real-life, meaningful context to apply and learn these subjects through, rather than a stand-alone, forgettable one off session. SPCA's education manager, Nicole Peddie joins Kathryn to talk about how the programme works and what the children are getting out of it.

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New technology with Paul Matthews

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

Chief Executive of IT Professionals New Zealand Paul Matthews discusses Apple's next move into banking, a huge milestone in self-driving cars and tech-related research failing to attract Marsden research funds.

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Book review - Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:44:00 +1300

Jane Westaway reviews 'Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore' by Terry Newman, published by HarperCollins.

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Exposed: the dark side of the America's Cup

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:11:00 +1300

The America's Cup has a colourful 166-year history rife with dirty deals, spying, betrayal and legal battles – a new book dives into it.

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UK correspondent Kate Adie

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:49:00 +1300

Kate Adie from the UK as the Development Secretary Priti Patel resigns having been summoned to Downing Street to answer questions over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials. Also the huge ongoing investigation into tax evasion and secretive offshore tax havens: how the Paradise Papers are generating headlines about the Queen and Prince Charles.

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Humanising behemoth websites

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:37:00 +1300

Who's got time to mess around in a 100 page website? Design director for web design agency DNA Charlene Turei tells Kathryn Ryan how making unwieldy websites less frustrating and easier to use has resulted in two prizes at the recent Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards, for her work on Immigration NZ's on line visa selection and application process and MBIE's cyber security site CERTNZ.

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Keeping the oceans safe

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:29:00 +1300

Transport accidents are bound to happen, but when it comes to maritime incidents the variations in incidents are large, with the consequences impacting on the wider marine ecosystem as well as people. This was brought into sharp focus with the Rena disaster in 2011, New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster. Captain Marc-André Poisson, the Chairman of the Marine Accident Investigators' International Forum, talks to Kathryn Ryan about the most pressing issues in maritime safety.

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Digital exams a step closer

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The government plans to give students the option of doing their NCEA exams online by 2020.

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Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:48:00 +1300

Reflecting on the influence of art historian Linda Nochlin, who died in October.

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Growing more than Grass

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Kathryn speaks to two inspirational women making their living off the land, and the writer who has captured their stories in a new book. Sarah Higgins runs her own shearing company while Sam Laugesen grows lavender and writes children's books. They told their stories, along with 18 other women, to writer Heather Kidd for her book called Growing more than Grass.

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Music with Kirsten Johnstone

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:07:00 +1300

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards take place next Thursday. Music 101's Kirsten Johnstone takes a look at some of the front runners.

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NZ Books review

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:38:00 +1300

Louise O'Brien reviews Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry, published by Cloud Ink Press.

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The underground revolution in video gaming

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:11:00 +1300

One group of developers in the US has finished a decade-long project to turn Henry David Thoreau's Walden into a video game, but can it penetrate the competitive market of fast-paced games? And how is the independent industry challenging the major players? Kathryn Ryan speaks with the renowned American game designer, educator and writer, Tracy Fullerton.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continues to say 'thanks but no thanks' to Jacinda Ardern's renewed offer to take 150 refugees from the Manus Island detention centre; the government announces a new compulsory citizenship check for all MPs to be implemented when Parliament resumes; the two-month voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage has closed and the results will be revealed next week; and a new sexual health report from the University of New South Wales has revealed that the level of gonorrhoea among Australians has increased 63 per cent in the past five years.

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Real-time coaching for challenging kids

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:39:00 +1300

One of the most effective treatments for 2-to-7-year-olds prone to frequent high-level meltdowns involves teaching parents to rewire the relationship via play therapy, says the woman known as the Toddler Whisperer.

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Could the Mueller probe close in on Trump's inner circle?

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:22:00 +1300

After charges against two of US President Donald Trump's campaign members, and a guilty plea from a third, where might Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion investigation be heading next? Kathryn Ryan talks to the New York Times' Chief White House Correspondent, Peter Baker.

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Calls for investigation into health watchdog

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:09:00 +1300

A consumer watchdog is calling for an independent inquiry into resthome care, including its staffing, funding and complaints processes.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:43:00 +1300

Gavin asks should the Broadcasting Standards Authority apply its western standards to foreign language ethnic broadcasts - after a small Auckland-based Sikh radio station falls foul of its codes. Also across the Tasman, new guidelines on media mergers have been produced by Australia's commercial watchdog, the ACCC. Gavin Ellis is the former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Rarely witnessed exotic life of the Pacific Ocean

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:28:00 +1300

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the Earth's surface, making it greater than all of the planet's landmasses combined. It contains half the world's water, hides it deepest places, and is home to some of the most dazzling creatures known to science. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the New Zealand-based writer and director Rebecca Tansley has written an illustrated book, called Big Pacific, a spellbinding journey to one of the world's last great frontiers, on the search for exotic life that is rarely witnessed.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:06:00 +1300

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the Earth's surface, making it greater than all of the planet's landmasses combined. It contains half the world's water, hides it deepest places, and is home to some of the most dazzling creatures known to science. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the New Zealand-based writer and director Rebecca Tansley has written an illustrated book, called Big Pacific, a spellbinding journey to one of the world's last great frontiers, on the search for exotic life that is rarely witnessed.

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Book review - The Bushman's Bible by Dave Baldwin

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Don Rood reviews The Bushman's Bible by Dave Baldwin, published by Fields Publishing House.

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Cressida Cowell: wizards, warriors and magic

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:07:00 +1300

English author Cressida Cowell, writer of the wildly popular How to Train Your Dragon books, approached her latest children’s book offering with some nervousness - but an important message to impart.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:53:00 +1300

Susan has the latest on yet another mass shooting that left 26 dead at a church in Texas.

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Is self-publishing changing the book industry?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:23:00 +1300

Self publishing, once derided as "vanity publishing", is growing to become a bigger force in the book industry. Established authors and emerging talent are choosing this route, partly due to the disappearance of local representation and partly because it allows freedom in creative and marketing decisions. Kathryn speaks to author Kate de Goldi, publisher Mary Egan and bookseller Jo McColl about how self publishing is changing the industry.

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Worst mumps outbreak in 23 years

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:09:00 +1300

University of Auckland senior lecturer in vaccinology Helen Petousis-Harris tells Kathryn Ryan a mumps outbreak in Auckland could get worse. Our biggest city is facing its worst outbreak of the virus since 1994, with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service seeing 740 new cases of mumps this year. Medical officers say the virus was contained late last year, with 13 cases reported in 2016. Complications from having mumps can include meningitis or encephalitis, with young children most at risk.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Kennedy talks to Kathryn from Uluru/Ayers Rock where he is guiding a National Geographic expedition. Climbing Uluru will be prohibited from October 2019, which illustrates the rapid shift in public opinion from entitlement to climb, to respect for the wishes of the traditional owners.

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Feed Your Brain: Linking nutrition and brain health

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:25:00 +1300

Author Delia McCabe has combined her knowledge of the human brain with 20 years of research into how food influences brain function.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:08:00 +1300

Stephen Mills and Matthew Hooton on the Prime Minister's emerging leadership style.

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Book review - You Belong to Me

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:25:00 +1300

Ralph McAllister reviews You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison, published by Bloomsbury.

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Nelson Mandela's posthumous memoir

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Former South African president Nelson Mandela died in 2013 aged 95. One of his regrets was not having published the memoir of his life after his incarceration on Robben Island, which he'd begun writing while in office. Nelson Mandela's archivist, Verne Harris, has, with South African writer Mandla Langa, published Dare Not Linger - The Presidential Years. It's based on Mandela's unfinished draft and detailed notes that he made of a country in transition as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.

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Russia Correspondent Lucian Kim

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:45:00 +1300

Lucian has details of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the degenerating relations with the U.S. and the upcoming presidential elections in March.

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