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Preview: Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan

RNZ: Nine To Noon

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


Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:49:00 +1200

Kennedy has just spent a whistle-stop week in Australia, visiting the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania, Mammoths exhibit at the Australian Museum in Sydney, and 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum.

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Kimberley Manning: Easy Choice - Family Kai

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:36:00 +1200

How to feed a family of six for just $60 a week. Food waste campaigners, Love Food Hate Waste, have created a meal planner and recipe books called Easy Choice Family Kai to help families on a budget. Kimberly Manning talks to Kathryn Ryan about how the meal planner taught her to cook so well she is now teaching it to others. Kimberley talks us through her favourite recipes for Moroccan Chicken Stew and Coconut Rice Pudding.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

Jacinda Ardern passes the test in Europe; the latest Colmar Brunton poll; and Andrew Little signals a possible move on bail and sentencing laws. Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.

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Book review - Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:40:00 +1200

Laura Caygill reviews Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey, published by Penguin Random House.

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Lorraine Downes: Life, Loss, Love

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +1200

Lorraine Downes has been a household name since 1983 when she won Miss Universe, and went from a teenager in Pakuranga to global prominance. She talks with Kathryn Ryan about the highs and lows of her life - in particular learning to rebuild her life and live with her grief over the death of her second husband, cricketing great Martin Crowe. [gallery:4203]  

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Africa correspondent Deborah Patta

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:51:00 +1200

Nelson Mandela's controversial former wife, Winnie Mandela, has died and exposed societal rifts in South Africa; the Liberian warlord known as Jungle Jabbah has been jailed for 30 years; and South African native Trevor Noah, who now hosts The Daily Show in the US makes Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

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Is there a real chance for a breakthrough in North Korea?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:38:00 +1200

At the weekend North Korea announced it was suspending nuclear and missile tests, scrapping its nuclear test site, and instead pursuing economic growth and peace. World leaders welcomed the news, but some expressed doubts about Kim Jong-un's intentions. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Dr Jeffrey Fields, author of State Behavior and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime.

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What do farmers think of the climate change committee ?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:22:00 +1200

The expert committee is expected to do the hard yards for the Climate Change Commission to be set up next year, which will in turn make recommendations to the government. It will be chaired by David Prentice, who was most recently the CEO of the infrastructure firm Opus International Consultants. Federated Farmers is giving the thumbs up to the membership but says there are huge challenges bringing farming into the ETS. Kathryn Ryan speaks with its climate change spokesperson Andrew Hoggard.

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Students increasingly accessing restricted material online

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

Thousands of high school students are actively bypassing internet security systems in schools, allowing them to anonymously access pornography and inappropriate material on their devices. Almost all New Zealand schools currently have policies in place for providing a safe digital learning environment, but new research shows a third of students are downloading what is called a Virtual Private Network to get around firewalls. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Michelle Polglase from Linewize.

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The week that was with James Elliot & Gemma Gracewood

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:48:00 +1200

A lighter look at the week including Elon Musk 's sage advice to staff to just walk out of bad meetings.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:33:00 +1200

Traditional television coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is to be largely replaced by digital platforms and many fans are unhappy already, the anti-gay tweets of Israel Folau are now snowballing into a major issue on both sides of the Tasman, and one last look at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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New music with Grant Smithies

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:06:00 +1200

Saturday, April 21 is International Record Store Day, an annual vinyl bun-fight that kicked off in America in 2007 as a way of celebrating the cultural impact of independent record stores. Incurable vinyl addict Grant Smithies chooses four tracks that deserve a place on any self-respecting turntable, with music from Unitone HiFi, Bobby Gentry, Trinity Roots and Roy Irwin.

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Children's book review

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:35:00 +1200

Louise Ward from Wardini books reviews Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women by Barbara Else, published by Penguin Random House NZ and Grace & Katie by Susanne Merritt & Liz Anelli, published by Exisle.

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Mokhtar Alkhanshali: Making coffee not war

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +1200

Yemeni-American entrepreneur Mokhtar Alkhanshali talks to Kathryn Ryan about his business start-up that was to become his calling. Seeking to reverse Yemen's almost lost art of coffee cultivation, he founded Port of Mokha. He was to discover that getting a business off the ground in a country descending into civil war was to be the challenge of his life. His trials and tribulations have just been documented by Dave Eggers in his book The Monk of Mokha. And just so you know, the Monk in the title brewed history's first cup of coffee in the port city of Mokha, which is where mocha coffee gets its name.

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Pacific correspondent Sara Vui-Talitu

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:52:00 +1200

Vanuatu's Ambae volcano eruption leads to mass evacuations and a state of emergency, the International Maritime Organisation agrees to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and the backlash, including within the Pacific community after Israel Folau's comment on social media saying gays will go to hell.

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Should graffiti be protected by copyright?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:44:00 +1200

In New Zealand, the law is silent on whether street artists are entitled to enforce a copyright over their work if it has been appropriated and commercialised. A recent case in the US highlighted this, where renowned LA street artist Revok issued a cease-and-desist letter to the fashion retailer H&M to try to stop its unauthorised use of one of his murals as a backdrop to their ad campaign. Kathryn speaks with a partner at the law firm Simpson Grierson, Earl Gray.

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Older women, exercise & chronic disease

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:22:00 +1200

How can exercise improve the health and well-being of midlife and older women with chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory illness? Kathryn talks with Professor Debra Anderson, founder of the Women's Wellness Research Programme at Griffith University in Queensland.

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Census reminder letters sent to 180k households

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

Statistics New Zealand has written to 180 thousand households for the third time, reminding them to complete and return their forms. This likely represents around 450 thousand New Zealanders, who still haven't been officially counted. The collection period end this weekend for most of the country although in some parts of Auckland and Northland, census field officers will continue visits for a further week to assist those who need support. Kathryn talks with 2018 Census general manager Denise McGregor.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullan

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:50:00 +1200

Sarah McMullan reviews I Feel Pretty, Coco, The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 (starting next week on Lightbox), and The Breaker-Upperers starring Jackie Van Beek and Madeleine Sami.

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Childcare: how to choose?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:28:00 +1200

Parents looking for early childcare sometimes have a lot to consider. Early childhood educator Dr Sue Cherrington has tips for finding the right fit for your family.

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New technology with Bill Bennett

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

Technology journalist Bill Bennett on the US and UK restricting Chinese telecommunications equipment company ZTE, and the Commerce Commission laying 27 charges against Vodafone under the Fair Trading Act over its FibreX broadband service.

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Book review - "The Darkness" by Ragnar Jonasson

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:40:00 +1200

Ralph McAllister reviews The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson, published by Penguin Random House.

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Matthew Syed: how failing can help us succeed

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +1200

No-one became successful by being afraid to make mistakes, says Matthew Syed. The British journalist and former Olympic table tennis champion has written a new book for kids –  You Are Awesome.

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UK correspondent Gerri Peev

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:54:00 +1200

Gerri Peev on the row brewing for Theresa May over taking the decision to bomb sites in Syria, for the first time in her premiership, without parliamentary approval.

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Do Auckland's proposals for managing cats go far enough?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:44:00 +1200

Auckland Council is reviewing its Pest Management Strategy, including a period of public consultation, which has just closed. One of the sticky issues, as regards cats, is the lack of a clear demarcation of what is a 'pest cat' and what is someone's 'pet cat'. Dr Imogen Bassett is the Biosecurity Principal Advisor at Auckland council. The University of Auckland's Dr Margaret Stanley specialises in urban ecology and has been investigating the impact domestic of cats on biodiversity.

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Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

Adrian Orr began as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank last month, after ten years as the head of the New Zealand Superfund. He talks with Kathryn Ryan about changes at the bank, the risks on the horizon for New Zealand and where interest rates might go.

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Science commentator Kathy Campbell

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:46:00 +1200

Professor Kathy Campbell is a geologist, paleoecologist and astrobiologist at the University of Auckland. Today she joins Kathryn Ryan from the SETICon 2 convention in California, discussing the growing problem of space junk orbiting the Earth. Also the imminent launch of NASA's new telescope that should find thousands of planets beyond our Solar System.

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Scamming the spammer: James Veitch

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:27:00 +1200

Suspicious emails, unclaimed bonds, Nigerian princes; standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what if you replied? British comedian, bestselling author and fastest ever TED Talker to reach over two million views James Veitch talks Kathryn Ryan through perfecting the art of playing the internet imposters at their own game. He's appearing in Wellington and Auckland at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

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Music with Yadana Saw

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

Music 101's Yadana Saw plays the winner of last night's Taite Music Prize, featuring a look at the award's namesake, Dylan Taite.

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Book review - Dancing with the King

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:40:00 +1200

Harry Broad reviews Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 by Michael Belgrave, published by Auckland University Press.

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Kathryn Bonella: Operation Playboy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:11:00 +1200

True-crime writer and journalist Kathryn Bonella has travelled the world to collect unprecedented, first-person testimony from an international network of drug smugglers and their bosses, as well as the elite cops who are chasing after them. It all began in 2004 when she produced the first interview with convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby. After moving to Bali and spending hundreds of hours in the infamous Kerokoban Prison, she was able to make connections with those in the industry, uncovering their stories along the way.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:52:00 +1200

The Australian Greens have won the backing of a former head of the Australian Federal Police in unveiling a policy to legalise cannabis for personal use; hundreds of Australian companies caught up in Russian cyber attack; and the organising committee for the Commonwealth Games is under fire for deciding to omit the athletes from the closing ceremony.

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Digging up the past: Hallie Buckley & Peter Petchey

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:44:00 +1200

A series of exhumations from grave sites in the South Island at Lawrence and Milton are revealing more about the lives of our early settlers. The Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project is in its second stage at Lawrence, focusing on the remains of Chinese settlers who came for the Gold Rush in the 1860's. It's giving up clues about health, diet, overall quality of life and burial traditions. A similar project at St John's Burial Ground in Milton in 2016 focussed on European settlers. Project leaders University of Otago Department of Anatomy professor Hallie Buckley and Department of Anthropology and Archaeology professor Peter Petchey tell Kathryn Ryan what they've discovered so far.

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Music industry revenues are up, but is local music being left behind?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:34:00 +1200

The New Zealand music industry has experienced its third double-digit revenue growth from recorded music. Streaming and downloads provide the majority of that cash, but how does that affect local music? Kathryn Ryan speaks with the chief executive of Recorded Music, Damian Vaughan.

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GCSB points to Russian cyber attacks on NZ

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

As the US and UK issue a joint warning about worldwide cyber attacks, the Government Communications Security Bureau names Russia as being behind some of the 122 serious incidents last year. In a rare joint alert, the United States and Britain have warned that hackers backed by the Russian government have infected computer routers around the world. The GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton confirms there are signs New Zealand organisations have been directly threatened by Russian state and state sponsored actors.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:46:00 +1200

Will TVNZ and Spark make the Rugby World Cup more accessible than Sky and the excellent Commonwealth Games coverage. Veteran journalist Barry Soper is prevented from transiting through the US. Is it time for a quick diplomatic chat between the Government and Washington. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Paul Spoonley: farewell to the nuclear family?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:27:00 +1200

Kathryn talks with Massey University demographer Professor Paul Spoonley about the changing face of New Zealand families and the factors driving the change.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:06:00 +1200

The oil and gas industry's response to the government decision not to offer any offshore exploration blocks. Comvita signals it is a takeover target.

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Book review - Never Greener by Ruth Jones

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:40:00 +1200

Gail Pittaway reviews Never Greener by Ruth Jones, published by Penguin Random House.

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P.P. Arnold: soul survivor

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:06:00 +1200

Soul and R&B singer P.P. Arnold talks to Kathryn about her extraordinary life. She became a backing vocalist for Ike and Tina Turner in 1964, and went on to work with other huge names in the music industry including Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Barry Gibb. Her album The Turning Tide, recorded with Barry Gibb 50 years ago, has just been issued for the first time. [image:148458:full]

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:49:00 +1200

Will the US follow up with additional strikes in Syria? The fallout facing the Trump administration after President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen had his home and office raided; and fired FBI Director James Comey releases a tell-all book.

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What Next-Gen air traffic control means for our skies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:28:00 +1200

As New Zealand air traffic control moves from radar based to satellite based navigation - what will it mean for safety, emissions and noise control? Steve Smyth is the director of New Southern Sky programme (the government's 10-year plan to modernise our aviation system) and Andrew Andersen is a pilot of small aircraft and former President of Australia's Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Andrew will be in New Zealand in May to address New Southern Sky's conference in Auckland.

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'Desperately disappointing' end to rural health service

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

A mental health initiative to tackle suicide and depression in rural communities is likely to be one of the major casualties of a government decision to reject funding for an umbrella organisation for rural health. The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand has had its request for $600,000 to make up its core funding short-fall rejected. Its chief executive Michelle Thompson says it means that after June it will be forced to step away from its contract with the Ministry of Health to help support rural people in mental distress.

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Urban issues with Bill McKay

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:47:00 +1200

In recognition of ANZAC Day, we look at our country's war memorials and how they reflect our changing society over the last hundred years. Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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A dosa South Indian good times

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:34:00 +1200

Dosa are tasty, affordable, filled pancakes which often accompany vegetarian dishes in southern India. Sammy Akuthota and Gemma Walsh show how to make the perfect dosa and some of their favourite accompaniments and fillings.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern heads to the UK and Europe; National supports government's condemnation of chemical warfare in Syria; and Northcote by-election candidates announced. Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.

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Book review - Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:37:00 +1200

Lisa Finucane reviews Macbeth by Jo Nesbo, published by Penguin Random House.

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Valerie Hannon: what is school for?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:08:00 +1200

Our school system needs an urgent update – not only to help kids thrive in a transforming world but so our species can survive, says UK educator Valerie Hannon.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:53:00 +1200

Russia warns of 'consequences' while British and French leaders face political backlash over Syria airstrikes; and protesters take to the streets calling for release of Catalan independence leaders.

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Dental care with a side of Botox?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:39:00 +1200

A growing number of New Zealand dentists are turning to appearance medicine including Botox, dermal fillers and chemical peels. The Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics - an organisation training dentists how to perform the treatments - says 350 New Zealand dentists are trained so far, and more have signed up for training courses in the first part of this year, than any previous year. Kathryn Ryan talks with Academy Director Myles Holt.

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National sexual harm helpline goes live

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

Safe to Talk will provide professional and specialist support services to sexual abuse and assault survivors. But there is concern from the sector that a massive shortage of counsellors, therapists and psychologists throughout New Zealand will exacerbate the problem, and could leave people seeking help on waiting lists for a year or even more. Kathryn Ryan speaks with MSD spokesperson Marama Edwards, Maggy Tai Rakena from START and TOAH-NNEST, and Wellington-based GP Dr Cathy Stephenson from SAATS-link and MEDSAC.

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The week that was with James Eliott and Irene Pink

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:51:00 +1200

Our comedians take a look at the lighter side of the week including the story about a smoke machine at an an Auckland Zumba class causing a fire service callout.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:32:00 +1200

Brendan Telfer has a wrap of the the Commonwealth Games so far, including how we're going on the medal table and the sad case of weightlifter Laurel Hubbard; also Israel Folau's Twitter condemnation of gay people, and one of great our All Black fullbacks, Fergi McCormick passes away mid week.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:09:00 +1200

Jeremy Taylor checks out Phoebe Bridgers' rich, melancholy debut, expat Kiwis The Eversons' new musical project Superorganism and a new release from the latest musical endeavour from superb local singer-songwriter Andrew Spittle.

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Unity Books review - House of Impossible Beauties

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:39:00 +1200

Melanie O'Loughlin reviews House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, published by One World.

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"Make a Hard Fist" - fighting off unwanted attention

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +1200

Taupo-based writer Tina Shaw, talks to Lynn Freeman about her latest book for teenagers, Make a Hard Fist on how to deal with unwanted attention. Set in West Auckland, it's about 16-year-old Lizzie Quinn, who is seriously assaulted after receiving anonymous letters from a stalker. Tina's message is one of resilience, and fighting back. The book includes an appendix of self defence techniques. Tina Shaw is the winner of the 2018 Tessa Duder Book Award for young adults. If you or someone you know has been affected by subjects talked about in this interview, one or more of these services might be able to give you, or direct you, to support: Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - available 24/7 Youthline: 0800 376 633 Kidsline: 0800 543 754 - available 24/7 Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 - 1pm to 10pm weekdays, 3pm to 10pm weekends Rape Crisis - 0800 88 33 00

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:50:00 +1200

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to meet US President Donald Trump. They used to be in lock-step on North Korea but now Trump is holding a summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and has slapped steel tariffs on Japan. Is their bromance dead? Also, toxic alcohol has caused more than 100 people to die in Indonesia in April, as a consequence of the black market, and China's sperm bank wants proof of loyalty to the Communist Party. New Zealander Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo.

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Can't commit to a dog? Borrow someone else's

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:38:00 +1200

Many of us would love to have a dog, but can’t take on full-time ownership. Sarah Walker has set up the Dog Share Collective to connect people who love dogs with pooches that need a little more attention.

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Stopping Groundhog Day in disability services

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:20:00 +1200

A common complaint in disability services is around a poverty of experiences, expectations and connections for people with cognitive disabilities. Where for many every day can feel like Groundhog Day, with people stuck doing the same activities, on repeat. Vancouver-based Dr Sarah Schulman, CEO of Inwithforward wants to change this. She's behind a new online learning and volunteer platform called Kudoz. It's being described as like an Airbnb for real world learning! Sarah has been presenting to the NZ Disability Support Network conference and is working with a group of New Zealanders to establish Kudoz NZ.

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Is Donald Trump eyeing return to TPP?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

The US President Donald Trump appears to be considering a return to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Republican Senators in Washington say President Trump has asked his top trade officials to look into rejoining the TPP which he railed against during his election campaign, and from which the U.S. withdrew last year. Eleven Pacific Rim countries, including New Zealand, signed a revised trade agreement last month which is yet to be ratified. Lynn Freeman speaks with New Zealand trade commentator and former negotiator, Charles Finny.

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Viewing with Lara Strongman

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:51:00 +1200

Lara Strongman reviews three character-driven crime drama series: Marcella on Netflix, Deep State on TVNZ on Demand and Killing Eve also on TVNZ on Demand.

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Speech development in pre-schoolers - what's normal?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:27:00 +1200

Language development in pre-schoolers is a remarkable process, from three months old, when babies first produce vowel sounds, to the five year old off to school with a vocabulary of over two thousand words. Speech and language therapist Christian Wright discusses speech sound development in pre-schoolers, and what parents should look out for.

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

Sarah Putt on what's up in Agritech; how Facebook is facing the music and the Tahi Rua Toru Tech competition.

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Book review - The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:39:00 +1200

Jane Westaway reviews The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman, published by Text Publishing.

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Rose Tremain - Scenes from a Vanished Life

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +1200

Rose Tremain is one of the UK's most respected authors. Her mostly historical fiction books span 17th century high society to more recent history. She talks with Kathryn Ryan about her just published memoir Rosie, Scenes from a Vanished Life, which tells the story of her own history - an idyllic, yet fraught, childhood.

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UK correspondent Matthew Parris

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:50:00 +1200

UK correspondent Matthew Parris on Labour front bencher and Corbyn loyalist Barry Gardiner who has come under fire for a second time after a recording surfaced of him describing the party's Brexit policy as "bollocks". Also, how there's little appetite for action despite the outrage over the chemical attack in Syria; and Theresa May hasn't been invited to Prince Harry's wedding (nor have other British, or American political figures).

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Healthcare for the elderly – a geographic lottery

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:32:00 +1200

New research from the New Zealand Aged Care Association is revealing the geographical barriers for elderly New Zealanders wanting to move into care. Using interRAI health assessment data the report shows it takes longer to access residential care in the West Coast, Bay of Plenty, and Hawkes Bay compared to the national average. Kathryn Ryan talks to Simon Wallace the Chief Executive of the NZ Aged Care Association.

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Should Govt agencies adopt Facebook’s business tool?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

As Facebook comes under ever increasing scrutiny over data security, a growing number of government ministries and agencies in New Zealand are adopting Facebook's business communications tool. Workplace by Facebook has been adopted by the Transport Agency, and is being trialled by the Social Development Ministry and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Kathryn Ryan talks with Privacy Commissioner John Edwards and Dr Ryan Ko, Director of Waikato University's Cyber Security Research Lab.

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Legal commentator Dean Knight

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:51:00 +1200

Dean Knight is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at Victoria University. Today he discusses two Supreme Court cases relating to the ban on prisoners voting.

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Waco survivor Grace Adams: 'This is where I am now'

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:26:00 +1200

New Zealander Grace Adams escaped the infamous Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, but her sister Rebecca was among the 76 people who died there in 1993. Grace says Rebecca's memory drives her work to keep others safe.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

We go back to the '80s with songs from the BBC hit drama, The Singing Detective. Graeme Downes is a musicologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.

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NZ Books review - How We Met by Michele A'Court

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:39:00 +1200

Louise O'Brien reviews How We Met by Michele A'Court, published by HarperCollins.

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Ethiopian memoir reveals 'a life painted in tears'

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:08:00 +1200

Aida Edemariam's grandmother was born in Ethiopia around 100 years ago. She was married very young (aged 8) and lived through remarkable changes in the country's history. From a deeply religious feudal empire to fascist invasion, the ascent and fall of Emperor Haile Selassie, to Marxist revolution, famine and civil war. A memoir of her life, called The Wife's Tale has just been written by Aida Edemariam who is a senior feature writer and editor for The Guardian.

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Australia correspondent Bernard Keane

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:49:00 +1200

Fallout from the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull notching up his 30th losing poll in a row; and yet another media expose of awful cruelty on live export vessels has put the government in a huge flap.

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Keeping your head in the game

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:35:00 +1200

Rugby players are a high-risk group for stress, anxiety and depression, says New Zealand Rugby's Dr Nathan Price. After a strong response to the mental wellbeing campaign Headfirst, NZR plans to take it into schools and local clubs.

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Mark Zuckerberg faces heat in Facebook probe

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:17:00 +1200

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told US senators that the company is attempting to change in light of recent criticism facing the world's largest social network. The 33-year-old internet mogul was grilled in a joint hearing of the US Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees on a range of issues - from Facebook's handling of alleged Russian attempts at election interference to consumer privacy of hate speech. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the head of InternetNZ, Jordan Carter, who has been following the hearing.

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Human Rights Review Tribunal “overwhelmed”

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

Serious under resourcing and a lack of personnel are being blamed for massive delays at New Zealand's tribunal dedicated to protecting our human rights. In a briefing paper to the Minister of Justice Andrew Little in November, the Human Rights Review Tribunal's chair Roger Haines QC, said huge delays were putting it in danger of "collapsing" under a massive backlog over which the previous government had been repeatedly warned. The Tribunal was forced to stop scheduling hearings late last year because it was so behind writing up decisions for cases that had already been heard - some as many as three years earlier. Kathryn talks with Rosslyn Noonan, former Chief Commissioner for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, and now at The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law at the University of Auckland.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:48:00 +1200

Investment funds eye up TV3 and Fairfax regional papers both here and in Australia; how has the sinking of the Wahine been remembered in 50th anniversary commemorations; NZME has advertised the weekend editor role at the Herald now that Miriyana Alexander has been appointed head of 'premium content'. Should weekday editor Murray Kirkness take over the Weekend Herald? Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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Lorin Clarke: writer, broadcaster & podcaster

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:22:00 +1200

Australian writer, broadcaster, podcaster, director and satirist Lorin Clark talks with Kathryn Ryan about her multiple projects, and the artistic collaboration she had with her late father, John Clarke. She's just written a children's book Our Last Trip To the Market - illustrated by Mitch Vane, and will appear next month at the Auckland Writers Festival.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

Air New Zealand has dropped its seven-year alliance with Virgin Australia; Auckland-based health software company Orion Health suffers a share slump and My Foodbags' CEOs step down.

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Book review - Elizabeth Macarthur

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:40:00 +1200

Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World by Michelle Scott Tucker, published by Text Publishing.

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The leadership of change: Mary Robinson and Jacinda Ardern

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:06:00 +1200

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discuss working for change at local, national and international levels. Their conversation ranged from Northern Ireland, the US and China to child poverty in New Zealand and climate change.

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USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:54:00 +1200

An imminent decision from President Donald Trump on the US response to Saturday's suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. Also is a trade war really looming between China and the US?

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Expert: 'Moscow seeking comeback as a great power'

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:35:00 +1200

The director of the Carnegie Centre in Moscow Dmitri Trenin discusses Russia's status as a global power. This as relations between Russia and the UK are at an all time low, allegations still swirl around Russian election interference in the US - and amid an international outcry over an alleged poison gas attack in Syria, which counts Russia as its main ally. He is in New Zealand courtesy of the NZ Institute of International Affairs.

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Report: 'Quota management system needs overhaul'

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:10:00 +1200

Calls for a full independent review into the fisheries quota management system, following new in-depth research from the Environmental Defence Society. Kathryn Ryan speaks with its Policy Director Raewyn Peart whose new book 'Voices from the Sea' uses first person interviews with people inside the industry, including fisheries managers, recreational fishers, and scientists. The book highlights a fragmented management system, a lack of scientific research and the destruction of habitat.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:47:00 +1200

Kennedy considers the 50th anniversaries of two tumultuous events, one in Memphis, & one in Wellington. Tuesday 10th April is the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Wahine. 3rd April was the 50th anniversary of the assassination on Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy reflects on the days leading up to King's death, and on an unexpected connection with mangrove forests in the Bahamas. Kennedy also has observations on three NZ forests that he's recently visited.

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Carey White's apple brownies

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:34:00 +1200

If you're baking with apples, Granny Smith are best as they pulp down quickly and easily, says Carey White. The Rangiora orchardist shares her recipe for (gluten-free) gooey melt apple brownies.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:06:00 +1200

Marama Davidson wins the Green Party co-leadership race; mixed reactions to Labour's transport package; and debt at Middlemore hospital. Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.

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Book review - Curry: Eating, Reading and Race by Naben Ruthnum

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:38:00 +1200

Anne Else reviews Curry: Eating, Reading and Race by Naben Ruthnum, published by Text Publishing.

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Not your usual fossil hunter, Lee Berger

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +1200

Professor Lee Berger is a world renowned palaeoanthropologist and explorer who has been hailed for discovering not just one - but two new species of human ancestors in South Africa; Australopithecus sediba & Homo naledi. Professor Berger is sometimes seen as having an unorthodox approach to his work. He's documented his expeditions on social media, has sought collaborations outside the traditional circles, and makes replicas and photos of fossils available for other scientists to study. In 2016 he was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He talks to Lynn Freeman about his lifelong fascination with fossil hunting and the contributions he has made to our understanding of human origins. Professor Berger has been in New Zealand for the Public Communication of Science and Technology conference in Dunedin.

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Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:46:00 +1200

Thomas Sparrow is Political and Security Correspondent for Deutsche Welle. Today he discusses the fatal van attack in Munster; and exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont vows to return to Belgium.

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Mixed weekend for Kiwis at Games

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:38:00 +1200

Another five medals were added to New Zealand's haul at the Commonwealth Games at the weekend. Lawn bowler Jo Edwards won New Zealand's fourth gold... and cyclist Eddie Dawkins came agonisingly close to gold in the men's 1000m time trial but had to settle for second. But it was the shock loss for the Kiwi Netball team with he Silver Ferns losing 57-53 to the Malawi Queens. Lynn Freeman speaks with RNZ's Sports Editor Stephen Hewson who's on the Gold Coast.

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Watch this space: App to dob in mobility park cheats

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:25:00 +1200

Members of the public are being encouraged to dob in people who abuse mobility parking spaces through a new smartphone app. Access Aware allows users to take a photo and submit information in real time for enforcement officers to respond. Users can also use the app to see the locations of known mobility parking locations on a map to help them find a park. Lynn Freeman speaks with the app's project manager, Raewyn Hailes from CCS Disability Action.

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Blog details abuse, threats in legal profession

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:09:00 +1200

The legal researcher who set up an anonymous blog for people in the legal profession to share their experiences of harassment and bullying says the responses paint a grim picture of the sector. Zoe Lawton set up the #MeToo blog for one month after the revelations of sexual misconduct and harassment at Russell McVeagh involving law clerks two years ago. Today she is providing a full copy to the Justice Minister, the Law Society and all universities. Lynn Freeman talks with Law Society President Kathryn Beck, about the initiatives it's working on to combat harassment and abuse within the profession.

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The Week that Was with Te Radar & Melanie Bracewell

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:50:00 +1200

The staggering cost of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding; a Canadian man 'pardoned' by hotel after a flock of seagulls trashed his room; and the rise of the "condom snorting challenge".

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:33:00 +1200

New Zealand has won a gold and two silver medals in cycling on day one of the Commonwealth Games. Brendan analyses the Black Caps' extraordinary win over England in Dunedin on Wednesday; and the Australian cricket team is once again caught in the middle of another unseemly 'sledging' row.

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:07:00 +1200

Grant Smithies is smitten with the fourth Unknown Mortal Orchestra album, Sex and Food, released today. We also hear a storm-inspired collaboration between artist/composer Laurie Anderson and NYC string players Kronos Quartet, and a stone cold soul classic from New Orleans funkateers, The Meters.

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Book review - Mary Poppins

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:40:00 +1200

Niki Ward from Ekor Bookshop reviews Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane and Mary Poppins and the House Next Door by P.L. Travers, published by HarperCollins.

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Director Warwick Thornton: Australian western 'Sweet Country'

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:13:00 +1200

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is Warwick Thornton's latest film, which explores the ugly history of Australia's outback. Set in 1929 in the Northern Territory, Aboriginal stockman Sam (played by newcomer Hamilton Morris) kills a white station owner in self-defence. Fearing they will be killed, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued by a posse of men including the local Sergeant, played by Bryan Brown. The film also stars Sam Neill as the god-fearing friend of Sam.

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Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:50:00 +1200

Nauru cuts access to the Australian High Court for appeals without a suitable alternative, Fiji cleans-up after widespread flooding which has led to five deaths and a bill to raise the marital age for girls in American Samoa from 14 to 18 is defeated in the House.

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