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Friday 24 May 2019
09:05 Last minute landlords: insulation providers can't meet demand
Insulation providers say they're seeing a last minute rush of landlords wanting rental properties insulated by the government's deadline of July 1, and there's no way they can meet the demand in time. When the new law comes into force, all rental properties will have to have floor and ceiling insulation where it is possible. Landlords who fail to insulate will be subject to a penalty of up to $4,000, if the tenant applies to the Tenancy Tribunal. The Tenancy Compliance and Investigations team within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says it will not allow extensions, as landlords have had three years notice of the law change. Phil Squire, the Chief Executive of the Sustainability Trust, which installs insulation, says his company has a six months work lined up with new enquiries every day. Also MBIE’S Tenancy Compliance and Investigations team acting manager Peter Hackshaw.
09:20 Queenstown accommodation providers fear outcome of bed tax vote
Queenstown accommodation providers are fearful of the outcome of the referendum currently underway on a bed tax for tourists. Voting forms are pouring in as rate payers in the Queenstown Lakes District decide whether to support or oppose a 5% visitor levy. This would would raise $22.5million a year to ease the burden of infrastructure on ratepayers. Nick Kiddle represents 130 accommodation businesses in the district - from large hotels to small family B&Bs. He says applying a new tax to just one sub-sector of the tourism economy is unfair, will cause market disruption and render some businesses unviable.
09:25 Gagana Sāmoa Children's books
Wainuiomata's Dahlia Malaeulu is a teacher, an advocate for Sāmoa and Pasifika education and also an author. She has written series of children's books Milas' My Gagana. The first three of the six part series have just been released. Dahlia speaks to Kathryn about how her own children inspired her to create reading material which reflects Pasifika values, languages, cultures and tamaiti. Next week is Samoan language week.
09:45 Pacific reaction to Australia's election result
RNZ Pacific journalist Koro Vaka'uta with a wrap of reaction from Pacific nations to Scott Morrison's coalition win in Australia. And the first visit to the Pacific of United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.
10:05 Wise guy. From the Mafia to The Godfather: Gianni Russo
Gianni Russo didn't need acting experience for the role he's best known for - Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, in the iconic 1972 film The Godfather. That's because he began working in organized crime from the tender age of 13 as an errand boy for crime legend Frank Costello. Today he ranks among the few golden-age wise guys who hasn't been killed or thrown in jail.
10:35 Book review - Attraction by Ruby Porter
Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews Attraction by Ruby Porter, which is published by Text Publishing.
10:45 The Reading
Lisa's Story (from All this by Chance) by Vincent O'Sullivan read by Peter Hambleton. Final episode.
11:05 Grant Smithies Punks It Up
Snotty lyrics, fast guitars and a determination to grow old disgracefully- tomorrow night in Auckland is PUNK IT UP IV, the latest in a series of sporadic reunions of Auckland's punk community for a night of high decibel hi-jinks. Grant Smithies takes us through songs from four of the featured bands today- Proud Scum, Spelling Mistakes, Terrorways and The Newmatics and finish with some lovelorn soul from Anderson Paak.
11:30 The Crusaders and the Cape Town café - off field behaviour
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer talks to Kathryn about the two very different versions of what actually happened inside the Capetown McDonald's, as lawyer Steph Dyhrberg investigates whether Crusaders players taunted patrons with homophobic slurs. Also, analysis of the Silver Ferns World Cup squad named for the upcoming World Cup in Liverpool.
11:45 Comedian trolls Brian & Hannah Tamaki's political pursuit
The week that was with comedians Te Radar and Melanie Bracewell - they take a look at comedian Tim Batt's online protest geared towards Brian and Hannah Tamaki's Coalition Party, which was announced yesterday. He has bought the www.coalitionparty.co.nz page. Also, Dunedin students' 'Hour of Power' has thrown up a unique challenge for power company, Electric Kiwi.