Nine To Noon for Monday 18 May 2015
09:05 Victoria University accuses WCC of ignoring it in city's plan
The Chancellor, former venture capitalist and business leader, Sir Neville Jordan, says it is disapointing and perplexing that the Wellington City Council's long term plan doesn't recognise this. He says Wellington's regional economic growth is the lowest in the country and the council does not understand the role education provider can have in boosting growth. Sir Neville Jordan and Justin Lester, Wellington's Deputy Mayor.
09:20 Cuba-US relations
The icy relationship between the United States and Cuba is officially thawing, with a recent meeting of the countries' leaders.. the first time that's happened in over 50 years. Ties between the US and Cuba were severed in 1961 when the US tried to overthrow Fidel Castro's government...triggering the Cuban Missile crisis and a decades long stand-off over trade and diplomacy. So what is driving this rapprochment and what might the economic and political benefits be for both countries? Journalist and author Anne Louise Bardach, has written numerous books about Cuba, including 2009's "Without Fidel - a Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington. She's interviewed Fidel Castro, his brother Raul as well as ordinary Cubans, dissidents and politicos.
09:45 European correspondent Seamus Kearney
Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney reports on the EU migrant quota plan running into trouble, as ministers decide on a military campaign against smugglers; the first gay wedding for serving EU leader, as Ireland gets ready for world's first referendum on the issue.
10:05 Mindfulness and meditation in corporate life
David Gelles is a business reporter for the New York Times and its business blog, DealBook, where he writes about mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance. He is also a longtime meditator and spent six months in India studying with Zen masters, Tibetan rinpoches and Burmese monks. His book Mindful Work is about how mindfulness is boosting leadership, reducing stress and improving health in the workplace, from Apple to Goldman Sachs. It tells of a quiet revolution reshaping some corporates as some of the world's most dynamic entrepreneurs and businesspeople are starting to change how a successful business is run. A new breed of mindful managers are using meditation, yoga and other Zen techniques to focus on feeling good while making money - and using the money to do good too.
Book: Mindful Work, How meditation is changing business from the inside out, by David Gelles, published by Profile Books, RRP $35.00
10:35 Book review: 'God in Ruins' by Kate Atkinson
Published by Penguin Random House (NZ), RRP$37.99. Reviewed by Phil Vine.
10:45 The Reading: 'The Global Gardener' by Michael Scott
A Gardening Travelogue that moves from vegetables in Scotland, to grass in California, and a trans-Tasman garden in Wellington, meeting quirky characters along the way. Told by a botanist who describes himself as having 'a dynamic and romantic relationship with flora and fauna'. Michael Scott was born in New Zealand and lives in Gloucestershire, England where he strives to formulate practical action plans to preserve and revere the natural world. (6 of 10, RNZ)
11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams discuss Capital Gains Tax, the budget, the Green party co-leader context.
11:30 Game meats - mountain bred and naturally wild
Allan Spencer set up Premium Game in Blenheim in 1996. The company hunts mountain bred and naturally wild animals and processes the meat. The game product is sold in supermarkets around the country and features on many restaurant menus. The speciality meats on offer include venison, hare, rabbit, goat, tahr and wallaby.
The company also cures meats and makes smallgoods including salami.
11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne
Kennedy Warne discusses splitting up and getting lost - lessons for the outdoors.