Nine To Noon for Tuesday 17 May 2016
09:05 Electricity transmission shake-up
The Electricity Authority has just released a proposal for a new Transmission Pricing Methodology. How will this affect consumers? Who are the winners and losers? Business commentator Rod Oram explains
09:20 Professor Gail Gillon, early child literacy
One in three children is not meeting the National Standard for reading in their first year at school, according to the Education Ministry. One in four is not meeting the standard for writing. Professor Gail Gillon from the University of Canterbury is part of a multi-disciplinary research project called A Better Start, which has been granted $34m to focus on the literacy, obesity and mental health of children in low-income communities. Professor Gillon leads the literacy part of the research and says it's all about finding a different way to reach and teach children who are at risk of literacy problems in the crucial first year of school.
09:45 US correspondent Steve Almond
Steve Almond, on allegations that Facebook is censoring conservative media outlets, and Donald Trump's alleged long history of sexist and degrading remarks toward women.
10:05 US philanthropist Ed Warner on helping save critically endangered black rhinos
Ed Warner is a US philanthropist who made his fortune in pioneering hydraulic facturing - fracking - to access gas reserves in Wyoming and is now working to save critically endangered black rhinos in sub-Saharan Africa. His new book Running with Rhinos outlines his adventures with the solitary - and very dangerous - animals , as well as the people working to save them. Three out of five rhinoceros species are critically endangered because they are illegally hunted for their horns which are sold on the black market in Vietnam in China where they're perceived as having medicinal qualities.
10:35 Book review - Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
reviewed by Quentin Johnson, published by Penguin Random House (NZ)
10:45 The Reading
The Colour of Food by Anne Else read by Jane Waddell (Part 2 of 5)
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram
Rod Oram discusses Xero's fast growth and forecast it can get to break even without raising more capital; Comvita's strong profit growth, but sharp rise in debt & Sky TV's share price hit by a forecast loss of subscribers.
11:20 A life-long love affair with the Hauraki Gulf
Kerry Howe is the renowned scholar of Pacific and Polynesian History, who has had a life-long love affair with the Hauraki Gulf.
Kerry grew up on the water, near Narrow Neck on the North Shore, and as well as producing many books about Pacific culture and history, has now written a book about the Hauraki Gulf. Part memoir, part history, he writes about the whole 4000 km2 seascape - from the popular inner Gulf islands, to the distant Hen and Chicken, Mokohinau and the two Barriers. Kerry talks to Kathryn about To the Islands: Exploring, remembering and imagining the Hauraki Gulf.
11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis
Gavin Ellis discusses TV3's Maori-oriented current affairs show The Hui, how suicide is covered by New Zealand media, and NZ on Air gives a boost to multi-media regional news with grants to a number of organisations.
Music played in this show
Artist: Greg Johnson
Song: Liberty (swamp version)
Artist: Caitlin Rose
Album: The Stand In
Artist: James Hunter
Album: Minute by Minute