From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with the latest lifestyle trends on this award-winning programme.
In this week's musical pick'n'mix, we'll hear a Northern Soul cover by Wellington's Jamie and The Numbers, some dubbed out cumbia from Egyptian-American multi-instrumentalist Mitchum Yacoub, a slab of dreamy exotica from Point Chev hip hop producer Cristophe El Truento and some sound advice about avoiding dodgy people from Jamaican duo The Pearls.
The Auckland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Michael Barnett has cast his eyes over the plan, what's in it for business, particularly struggling smaller to medium enterprises?. Also with reaction, Covid-19 modeller, Professor Michael Plank from the University of Canterbury and University of Otago Professor of Public Health, epidemiologist, Michael Baker.
The PACIFICA women's organisation in Aotearoa has been granted a special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). And The Pacific Aftershock Report World Vision warns that development gains across the Pacific region over the past 10 years could be undone due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Susana Lei'ataua is RNZ Pacific news editor.
Urban forager and food writer, Liv Sisson finds all sorts of tasty treats in the Otautahi city centre.With some of the housing and buildings destroyed in the earthquakes, a rewilding has taken place providing a range of edible plants. Liv Sisson gathers produce thriving on berms and near the Avon River.
A new study has found selective "nudges" can help reduce the number of scripts for antibiotics being written by New Zealand GPs. Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to human health and on the rise around the world. Without action, the WHO says a post-antibiotic era could see common infections and minor injuries able to kill once again. New Zealand's Health Quality and Safety Commission and Pharmac teamed up with behavioural scientists to see whether targeting the top 30 percent of antibiotic-prescribing GPs would encourage change. To talk about the results, and the value of simple interventions to deal with issues around prescribing, Lynn Freeman is joined by Dr Alex Gyani, Director of Research and Methodology at Behavioural Insights Team, APAC.
The College of GPs says a nationwide shortage of pulseoximeters is an example of the need for a clear pathway on how community covid cases should be managed. Pulseoximeters measure the amount of oxygen in the blood and, while inexpensive, are an important piece of equipment for doctors managing covid patients who are isolating at home. Some pharmacies and online retailers are running low on the devices. College of GP's Medical director, Dr Bryan Betty, says the Ministry of Health and some GP practices around the country have been stockpiling pulseoximeters, although it is not know how many have been accumulated. He says GPs are very concerned that the country is reaching a tipping point where covid will become endemic in the community, but there are no guidelines yet on how those patients should be cared for.
Film and TV reviewer Chris Schulz joins Kathryn to talk about the third season of Succession (Neon, Sky TV), religious horror mini-series Midnight Mass (Netflix) and a new film on the life of celebrity chef and travel writer Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner, screening as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.
For some families, being in lockdown together will have felt like an exceptionally long time. So what might be happening to the normal relationships children have with each other - have they been stretched to breaking point, and how can parents help mitigate that? Jenny Hale is a Family Coach with the Parenting Place, and is along to share some tips from her book: Kind, Firm, Calm. She uses real-life stories relating to children aged between 2 and 12, and joins Kathryn to focus on sibling rivalry and what happens when one - or more - of your kids is easier to like than the others.
Tech correspondent Paul Matthews looks at government work on a digital strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand, and has recently released a proposed structure and discussion document. So what are the Government's priorities for digital, and what does that mean for Kiwis? The Australians have introduced a "zero tolerance" approach to ransomware, with a new action plan and legislation specifically targeting the damaging trend. And a prolific text scam is rampant New Zealand at the moment.
The government has just announced a free trade deal with the United Kingdom, saying it will boost New Zealand's GDP by $1 billion and provide unprecedented access for New Zealand exporters to the UK market. All tariffs on New Zealand exports to the UK are to be removed, including on honey, wine, kiwifruit, onions, a range of dairy and meat products, and most industrial products. There will be also increased access for beef and sheep meat. It is just the second Free Trade Agreement the United Kingdom has signed since its withdrawal from the European Union. The Prime Minister and Trade Minister have unveiled the details of the deal at parliament this morning. Kathryn speaks with RNZ political editor, Jane Patterson
Best-selling author and award-winning writer Elizabeth Day speaks with Kathryn Ryan about her latest novel Magpie, a psychological thriller about motherhood. Elizabeth has been praised for "revolutionising the way we see failure". Her How To Fail podcast has topped iTunes charts, and her live tours have sold-out venues such as London's National Theatre. Elizabeth writes for The Times, the Guardian, the Observer, Harper's Bazaar and Elle, and is a presenter on BBC Radio.
UK correspondent Harriet Line joins Kathryn to talk about the warnings from Health Secretary Sajid Javid that new Covid cases could skyrocket this winter - but his government won't heed a call from the NHS for mandatory mask wearing "at this time". And the parliamentary watchdog has suggested redacting details from MPs expenses to help protect them, in the wake of Sir David Amess' murder last week.
In the 112 test matches he played for the All Blacks, first-five Dan Carter amassed a staggering 1598 points, at an average of 14.27 per game. No active player is within 500 points of his tally and no other player with 500 or more international points has achieved a higher average per game. After announcing his retirement from professional rugby in February this year, Dan Carter has embarked on a new journey. He's co-founded a business called Glorious, a platform for non-fungible tokens or NFTs, and has joined the Oxford Foundry at the University of Oxford, as its first ever Leader in Practice helping to mentor entrepreneurs to be resilient and capable under pressure. He's also just released a book, Dan Carter 1598, which takes readers on a test-by-test journey, as he reminisces on his world record test career.
Secondary principals in South Auckland say the government's plans for reopening schools will be too late for many of their students. Students in years 11, 12 and 13 will be allowed back to school in alert level three areas next Tuesday.The Principal of Tangaroa College in Otara Davida Suasua, says nearly 40 per cent of her Year 13 students are now working full time as essential workers to support their families. She says many of these students had planned to go to university next year, but that will now not happen. She speaks to Kathryn along with Pete Jones, Principal of Manurewa High School.
Dr Siouxsie Wiles joins Nine to Noon to answer listeners' questions about Covid-19 and highlight two new studies - one from Sweden into how vaccines can protect others in households who might be unvaccinated and a summary of studies into how the immuno-compromised respond to mRNA COVID vaccines.
Barbara Relph has been through the breakdown of a long-term relationship and hopes to help others with her book Uncoupling. It's a practical guide to the many and varied situations break-ups can bring, including the laws of separation, how to tell your children, or other family members and how to take care of yourself. Breakups are hard enough in the best of times, and perhaps even more so during a pandemic, given its financial impact and the stresses of lockdown on relationships, Relph says.
Barbara Relph has been through the breakdown of a long term relationship and hopes to help others with her book Uncoupling. It's a practical guide to the many and varied situations break-ups can bring. This includes the laws of separation, how to tell your children, or other family members and how to take care of yourself. Barbara says breakups are hard enough in the best of times, and perhaps even more so during a pandemic, given its financial impact on many, and the stresses of lock down on relationships.
Leah McFall reviews A Still Life by Josie George, published by Bloomsbury Leah says: Charming, positive and surprising, this book shows what can happen if you choose to live slowly, and fully in the present. Timed well for lockdown - now all of us know what confinement is like - it may feel claustrophobic to some.
This year marks 60 years since the building of the Berlin Wall, appearing practically overnight on the 12th -13th of August 1961. It separated families, friends, lovers and even parents from their babies. The wall wouldn't come down for another 28 years, and during that time, at least 140 people would die trying to flee from East to West - but many more succeeded. Tunnel 29 tells the incredible true story of a group of university students who dug a tunnel right under the feet of Berlin Wall border guards, to help a group of friends and family and strangers escape. Journalist Helena Merriman first told the story in the hit BBC podcast Tunnel 29 and has now published a book called Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal: the True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall. Named for the number of escapees they helped, it was the biggest and most audacious escape mission since the erection of the wall the year before. Kathryn speaks to Helena Merriman about the incredible heroism of a group of ordinary students.
Australia correspondent Bernard Keane joins Kathryn to talk about Australia's climate position and the difficulties and disagreements the coalition government is having ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. He'll also talk about whether a national plan for tackling Covid has been ditched in favour of states doing their own thing - and whether that's having the appearance of giving state premiers more powers than they actually have.
New research calls for improved stewardship of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, and chemicals found in personal care and cleaning products to protect human and ecological health.The review of the role of Emerging Organic Contaminants - which are also found in pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals - examines the effect they have on Antimicrobial Resistance. The work, published in the journal Emerging Contaminants, has been done by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research, in collaboration with Massey University, the University of Canterbury, and the Cawthron Institute. Kathryn speaks with two of the authors, ESR senior technician Izzie Alderton and Environmental Toxicologist at the Cawthron Institute Louis Tremblay.
Plastic surgeons seeing a rise in botched jobs are urgently calling for legislation to regulate non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox and lip fillers. New Zealand currently has no age limits for the procedures, and there are limited levels of regulation for dermal fillers in particular. One in six people who get Botox suffer from complications such as bruising, nausea, headaches and "frozen" features. The potential side effects of dermal fillers include infection, bleeding, and scarring, and in more serious cases, tissue death and blindness. Plastic surgeons who treat these complications are warning of a rise in these procedures - pointing to the increased time young people in particular spend on social media, and the influencers who push these treatments. Plastic surgeons like Dr Katarzyna Mackenzie also anticipate that when Auckland moves down to alert level two, there will be a spike in demand - a trend that has been seen abroad when lockdowns lift as a result of the "Zoom Boom".
Two Democrats are holding up the passage of President Biden's infrastructure bill. Also there is much attention to the January 6 riot at the Capitol, the investigating committee goes forward with subpoenas and Contempt of Congress citations for the refuseniks.
Bill McKay talks to Kathryn about code compliance of cabins to be used as backyard dwellings. Recent loosening up of rules means building consent isn't required if the cabin is under 30m2, it used to be 10m2 for a sleepout. But are the rules open to interpretation? Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.
Professional rugby player turned entrepreneur Riki Hoeata is a smooth operator. He's bursting with ideas to get nutritious superfoods into our daily diet. After receiving a head injury playing for Taranaki, the former lock finished the season with a medical diagnosis ending that career, but starting another one. Riki tells Kathryn about his and partner Ellen's Craft Smoothie business - New Zealand's only smoothie subscription kit.
Cabinet will today review the alert level three settings for Auckland, Northland and parts of Waikato. Despite the Super Saturday event which saw almost 130 doses administered, current modelling shows it will take Auckland just over a month before 90 percent of the population is fully covered, this as fatigue with restrictions sets in. Neale, Ben and Kathryn also talk about the Government's draft emissions reduction plan. Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations. Ben Thomas is a PR consultant and a former National Government press secretary.
By 2014 ISIS had taken great swathes of Syria's northeast and Iraq's north, going through cities and towns at surprising speed, forcing women and girls from the Yazidi minority to be traded for rape between ISIS soldiers. Among Syria's Kurdish communities, all-female combat teams had formed, and their stand against the terror group at Kobani is where journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, has drawn inspiration to tell their story. Gayle is also the best-selling author of Ashley's War and the Dressmaker of Khair Khana. It was a contact from one of her earlier novels who helped draw her attention to what the women in these units were doing. She's captured their story in her new novel The Daughters of Kobani, which is also set to become a new TV series by a production company owned by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
Seamus says Europe is on alert after UK and Norway terror attacks and there are mass protests in Italy over a Covid pass for workers showing that they've been vaccinated. Also he joins us fresh from the closing ceremony of the Lumière film festival in Lyon, where New Zealand director, Jane Campion has been awarded one of France's top cinema honours.
This term a cluster of teachers in Tai Tokerau, Auckland and Waikato will be trialling the Takarokaro - Let's Get Active programme, helping pupils and whanau to be more active. Dean Stanley from Sport NZ, is the Project Leader of In Our Backyard.
New Zealand is on a cusp of a major energy transition - but it's not been all smooth sailing. Jarden says it's possible for New Zealand to reach its 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. The investment and advisory group covers New Zealand's electricity, oil, and building sectors for clients. It says the next 10 years are likely to be the most transformative seen in decades for the energy sector. However hurdles remain with the country importing more coal this year than it has in a decade, questions over the closure date for the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, and investment in green hydrogen production still in its infancy. Kathryn speaks with Jarden equity research directors Grant Swanepoel and Nevill Gluyas about what the next year - and next decade - might look like.
Sam wonders if two of Team NZ's biggest names, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will part ways with the America's Cup syndicate. They're essentially keeping their options open and not committing until they know more about how the competition will play out. Sam also talks to Kathryn about a Commonwealth Games revamp and Sonny Bill Williams memoir.
Auckland film director Matthew Saville went to great lengths to persuade award winning actor Charlotte Rampling to star in his debut feature. Juniper opens in cinemas on 28th of October, and tells the story of the relationship between a self-destructive teenager, played by George Ferrier, and his gin-soaked curmudgeonly grandmother played by Charlotte Rampling.
A growing Right to Repair movement is pushing for changes to our waste minimisation legislation to require the repairability of household items like whiteware appliances and electrical devices. Environment Minister David Parker has signalled he wants the upcoming Waste Minimisation Act review to include a right to repair, meaning businesses would need to ensure their products can easily be fixed, at a reasonable cost.