Nine To Noon for Tuesday 22 September 2015
09:05 Is the Government neglecting science in the agricultural sector?
A former scientist from AgResearch's now defunct Wallaceville site says the latest round of staffing cuts at the Crown Institute form part of the largest loss of scientific talent in New Zealand since the Second World War.
The Crown Research Institute is looking to axe up to twenty percent of its agricultural scientists, following years of it slashing staff numbers. Professor Ken McNatty who is the former leader of the AgResearch Wallaceville reproduction group, says it's a national tragedy.
09:15 The 'media effect' on price wars
New research by Massey University shows media coverage of price wars, like the slashing of mortgage rates, intense competition in domestic air fares, and spiraling house prices can add an important element to the competition. In some cases it even triggers new chain reactions. Massey University's Professor Harald van Heerde, says the impact of media coverage, including the 'echo chamber' created by social media, can be significant.
09:30 Roll out the barrel
Roll Out the Barrel is a UK charity which is delivering roll-able water containers to communities where people would otherwise have the painstaking task of carrying them. In many developing countries such as in Africa, the job of getting essential water is often done by women, children and the elderly, where they carry it on their backs, heads or over their shoulders, often for several kilometres. Adrian Brewer wanted to find an alternative to that and developed a 30 litre rotary barrel with strong rubber tyres and a long sturdy handle. With donations and fundraising efforts from the likes of rotarians two and a half thousand barrels have been rolled out in countries including Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa and as emergency aid to the Philippines.
09:45 US Correspondent Susan Milligan
Susan Milligan is a former White House and National Political Correspondent for the Boston Globe. She is a Contributing Editor to US News and World Report. She also writes for The Washingtonian, Rhode Island Monthly, AARP Bulletin, eJournal and other publications. She teaches a course in Government and the Media to Boston University students at the Washington DC Campus.
10:05 Maths & 'Making Waves' in Art History
Can image analysis detect the hand of the Old Masters like Giotto or Rembrandt? The pioneering Belgian physicist and mathematician, Ingrid Daubechies has the answers. She is in New Zealand, as the Maclaurin Lecturer, to discuss how image processing tools are used to decide whether a painting is an original or not, or whether several parts of a painting were painted by the same person. Or not. The James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University was the first female full professor of mathematics at Princeton University; the first woman to receive the National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics in 2000; and the first female president of the International Mathematical Union in 2010.
Public talks: The Master's Hand: Can Image Analysis detect the hand of the Master?
Auckland University 22nd September, University of Canterbury 25 September
Surfing with wavelets, University of Otago, 28th September
10:30 Book Review: Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Reviewed by Phil Vine, published by Fourth Estate
10:45 The Reading: The Phoenix Song by John Sinclair, told by Kat Wong (Part 10 of 12)
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram
Rod Oram discusses the government's rejection of Shanghai Pengxin's bid for Lochinver Station and further aspects of Shanghai Maling's proposal to take control of Silver Fern Farms.
11:20 New Zealand working dogs
Andrew Fladeboe is an artist based in Minneapolis. He came to New Zealand on a Fulbright scholarship to immerse himself in rural life and to document and to photograph traditional New Zealand working dogs in action.
He visited numerous South Island stations and worked alongside farmers and their dogs, including the remote, 1000 acre sheep and cattle station at Te Hapu run by Sandra and Ken Closs.
His resulting book, New Zealand's Working Dogs also branches out, and includes dogs working in other roles, such as those affiliated with the police, airport security, DOC and disability dogs. We talk to Andrew Fladeboe and Sandra Closs.
11:45 Media commentator, Gavin Ellis
Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Music played in this show
Artist: Manu Chao
Song: Bongo Bon
Artist: Anna Coddington
Song: The Runner
Album: Kiwi Hit Disc 1
Label: Nz on Air
Song: Sour Times
Artist: Sola Rosa
Song: Never Enough
Album: Ned Worboys
Label: Way up