Nine To Noon for Tuesday 13 December 2016
09:05 Is the world turning a blind eye to Yemen ?
The 20-month conflict in Yemen, the Middle East's poorest country, has resulted in more than 10,000 deaths, displaced 3 million and more than half the country is on the brink of starvation. Yet it has been overshadowed by the war in Syria. Kathryn Ryan talks to the Head of Mission in Yemen for Médecins Sans Frontières, Eric Jeunot.
09:15 Stats NZ bouncing back from the quake
Almost a month on from the massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake which shook the top of the South Island and Wellington several government departments based in the capital are still trying to recover from the quake. Statistics NZ has faced a struggle to retrieve the vital data which is used to determine critical figures like the Gross Domestic Product and Balance of Payments. Nine to Noon speaks to Government Statistician Liz MacPherson.
09:30 Kiwi firm helps bust fake food ring
As food counterfeiters step up their game around the world, NZ company Trust Codes helps brands protect their reputation. Trust Code's CEO Paul Ryan says the technology produced by his company has helped bust a fake food ring that was trying to pass off as a well known Australian brand producing infant food formula intended for China.
09:45 US correspondent, Steve Almond
Intelligence sources, including the CIA, have confirmed that Russian hackers gathered information not just from Democrats but from Republicans, and that they allowed the release Clinton material in an effort to get Trump elected. This represents the most overt interference in an US election by a foreign power ever.
10:05 Architect Fred van Brandenburg
Kathryn Ryan speaks to Queenstown architect Fred van Brandenburg who switched from being a successful designer of classically styled buildings like Arrowtown's Millbrook resort to Gaudi-inspired, sculptural creations. He's currently overseeing the development of a multi-billion dollar design of the Marisfrolg fashion headquarters in China and he's designed a controversially modern building to sit next to Arrowtown's St Patrick's church.
10:35 Book review - "The Fate of the Tearling" by Erika Johansen
Reviewed by Charlotte Graham, published by Penguin Random House NZ.
10:45 The Reading
Shingle Beach: 2: The Golden Palms by Carl Nixon, read by Helen Jones.
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram
Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about what business wants from a Bill English-led government, and Northland loses a pulp mill project.
11:20 Graham Fenwick on ancient aquifers crustaceans
Kathryn Ryan speaks to NIWA ecologist and crustacean specialist Graham Fenwick, who is embarking on a new study of ancient groundwater ecosystems. He says the deep water held in aquifers is extremely pure because of the small crustacean and invertebrates, which filter out and eat nutrients and bacteria carried down by the water. Though out of sight, he says these ecosystems play a vital role in our environments.
11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis
Kathryn Ryan talks to Gavin Ellis about North and South magazine's reporting on the encounter between convicted double murderer Scott Watson & the father of one of his victims.
Music played in this show
Artist: Meaghan Smith
Song: A Little Love
Album: The Crickets Quartet