Nine To Noon for Friday 5 December 2014
09:05 Controversy over sale of famous artwork by Wellington Gallery
City Gallery in Wellington has sold at Christies Auction house in London a famous painting of dancer Anna Pavlova. The painting was bequeathed to it by a renowned New Zealand ballet dancer, who wanted it to remain in New Zealand. The painting, Anna Pavlova as the Swan by Sir John Lavery, sold at Christies Auction House in London in June, for $320 000 NZD, almost double its estimate. It was bequeathed to the City Gallery in Wellington by Alexander Grant after his death in 2011. The Wellington born dancer was considered the British Royal Ballet's most remarkable actor-dancer in its golden period of the 1940s to the 1960s. Alexander Grant's family says he wanted the work displayed in New Zealand and they are very unhappy that it has been sold overseas. Margaret Chalk is Alexander Grant's cousin, and Elizabeth Caldwell is the director of City Gallery Wellington.
09:20 Wellington super-city plan heading for referendum
Opponents of the proposed Wellington supercity are already gearing up to force a referendum on the plan. Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Chris Laidlaw discusses why he thinks the amalgamation has to happen.
09:30 Successful problem gambling programme that explains the odds
A Sydney gambling centre is having huge success by presenting problem gambers with the facts - the extremely low mathematical likelihood that they're going to make a profit. Dr. Fadi Anjoul says problem gamblers are are often working on the misguided perception that the longer they stick at gambling, the more likely they are going to win.
09:45 Asia correspondent Jamil Anderlini
News from the Asian region with our correspondent Financial Times Beijing Bureau chief, Jamil Anderlini.
10:05 Dr. Michelle Dickinson on nanotechnology and science superheroes
Dr Michelle Dickinson - the winner of Prime Minister's award for science media communication is an expert in nanotechology, who is inspired by the powers of superheroes and uses her social media persona, Nano Girl, to foster interest in science - especially among young girls.
10:35 Book review: The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St Aubyn
Reviewed by Kiran Dass. Published by Picador ISBN 9781447253549
The novels aren't new but for the first time ever, they have all been collected in one complete edition which has just been released. Perfect moreish summer reading.
10:45 The Reading: 'Carnival Sky' by Owen Marshall
Read by Adam Gardener.
After resigning to go abroad, a journalist finds his life on hold as he joins his family in Central Otago, waiting and coming to terms with the impending death of his father (10 of 10, RNZ)
11:05 New Music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor checks out former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry's nominal sequel to Roxy's 'Avalon', plus a superb two disc selection from that great English eccentric Robert Wyatt, and, no kidding, a Christmas album from Mark Kozelek.
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
11:45 Comedians Radar and Elisabeth Easther take a light hearted look at The Week that Was
Music played in this show
Artist: Nina Simone
Song: Take Care of Business
Album: I Put a Spell on You
Artist: Louis Jordan
Album: The Best of Louie Jordan
Artist: Avalanche City
Song: You and I
Album: Our New Life Above The Ground