Nine To Noon for Friday 23 April 2010
09:05 Firms plan price increases above the GST hike
Grant Hewson, general manager Accomplish Global; and John Albertson, CEO NZ Retailers' Association.
GST is virtually certain to increase by 2.5 percent but a new survey of small businesses has found that almost half of all respondents plan to increase prices by 5 per cent or more - in order to claw back margins eroded during the past two years. The survey, by accounting software firm Accomplish, was completed by 500 retailers, small manufacturers, contractors and tradespeople.
09:20 Allan Crafar refuses order to leave family farm
The Crafar family farms are up for sale - the biggest single receivership sale of farms ever seen in New Zealand. The sale of the 16 farms scattered throughout the North Island, with almost 17-thousand dairy cows, comes after the businesses were placed in the hands of receivers in October. But sale or not...Allan Crafar remains adamant that despite orders to leave his farm, he's not going anywhere.
09:30 How to successfully restructure the state sector
Ken Jones, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers' Canada Advisory Services practice.
Mr Jones has 20-years' experience in 'Shared Services' and shares his thoughts on restructuring the state sector and why agencies should be allowed to keep the majority of the costs saved as an incentive.
09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Progress on setting up Tonga's new electoral system, Tokelau's whale declaration and a new tuna cartel.
10:05 Ross Wilson - Former ACC chair
Ross Wilson, former Chairman of ACC, who was sacked by the new government, is speaking publicly for the first time about his departure from the role. The long time union leader and former head of the Council of Trade Unions is credited with re-uniting the trade union movement a decade ago, after internal fighting had resulted in a split.
He continues working on behalf the union movement both here and abroad, a role which sees him concerned about other moves by the government, this time in the area of international aid funding.
10:30 Children's Book Review with John McIntyre
Dear Alison, edited by Simon Pollard
Published by Penguin
Zero Hour by Leon Davidson
Published by Text Publishing
Anzac DayParade by Glenda Kane
Illustrated by Lisa Allen
Published by Penguin
10:45 Reading: How to Make Your First Billion, by Matthew Solon
A fictionalised insight into Silicon Valley, the home of the global communications revolution (Part 5 of 10, BBC/Goldhawk)
11:05 New Music with Sean McKenna
Artist: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Album: I Learned The Hard Way
Song: Better Things
Artist: Forbidden Joe
Album: In Mourning for the Pride of Petravore
Song: Old Maui
Free download of new Blur songFool's Day
Free download of new song by The National,Bloodbuzz Ohio
11:30 Sports commentator Joseph Romanos
The contribution to the Olympics of Juan Antonio Samaranch who died this week, and the disgrace around the Melbourne Storm rugby league salary cap breach.
11:45 Week That Was with Radar and Elisabeth Easther