Nine To Noon for Tuesday 6 October 2015
09:05 A deal has been reached on the trade pact TPP - what will it mean for NZ?
It's been called the most sweeping trade pact in a generation, and will affect 40 percent of the world economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was finally signed overnight in Atlanta. It will cut trade barriers and set common standards for 12 countries. But the devil remains in the detail ... and the written details have yet to be released.
Crawford Falconer is a professorial chair in Global Value Chains and Trade at Lincoln University and a former trade negotiator with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
09:20 Is our tax system opening the doors to corruption?
There's a fine line between a bribe and a facilitation payment. A fine, but significant line. And yet when the intent of either is to influence a foreign public official acting in their official capacity to obtain an advantage, only one is illegal in New Zealand. Victoria Associate Professor Lisa Marriott is a specialist in tax law. She argues our tax system opens the doors to corruption, and that the lines between facilitation payments and bribes are often extremely blurred. Her argument will be published early next year in the quarterly journal Australian Tax Forum.
09:45 US correspondent Susan Milligan
The killing of nine people at a community college in Oregon reignites the battle over gun control
10:05 How to discover a planet from your sofa
Chris Lintott is an astrophysics professor from the University of Oxford and presenter of The Sky at Night TV programme. He is in New Zealand to talk about, galaxy evolution, the discovery of new planets and ask whether aliens are out there somewhere. He is the keynote speaker at the Aoraki MacKenzie Starlight Festival (from 9th October to 11th October) and will give public talks "How to discover a planet from your sofa" in Auckland on (3rd October) and in Wellington (5th October). "The lonely universe" in Christchurch (7th October) and "Is the Milky Way Special?" in Twizel (10th October). Chris Lintott is currently co-director of the Programme on Computational Cosmology and Citizen Science Project Lead in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow of New College, Oxford. His research focuses on star and galaxy evolution.
10:35 Book Review: Maggie Smith by Michael Coveney
Reviewed by Leah McFall, published by Orion
10:45 The Reading: Speed Of Light by Joy Cowley read by Simon Leary (Part 7 of 10)
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram
11:30 Small House Living with Catherine Foster
Living in smaller spaces without compromising design or comfort.Smart, space-efficient houses are becoming the way of the future. Catherine Foster's book Small House Living showcases a collection of homes measuring less than 90m2 from around New Zealand. Family homes, baches and apartments are included in the line-up; all of them demonstrating ingenious ways to reduce space and cut costs within a design-enriched environment
Catherine Foster is a freelance writer with a specific interest in home design. She has been a regular contributor of articles to leading New Zealand home magazines, including Your Home & Garden, HOME New Zealand and NZ House and Garden.
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 email@example.com