Nine To Noon for Friday 10 February 2017
09:05 Rheumatic fever on the rise in Auckland despite govt targets
Government targets to reduce rheumatic fever are unlikely to be met and in some regions, particularly in Auckland, rates have actually risen. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Professor Harvey White, the Director of Coronary Care and Cardiovascular Research at Auckland City Hospital and to Auckland GP Rawiri Jansen who runs the Counties Manukau rheumatic fever prevention programme.
09:20 What's next for hemp?
With the path being eased on patients getting access to medical cannabis prescriptions here, what is the story with hemp? Currently hemp is grown here under strict licensing and only its plant fibre can be used for textiles or building material, but its highly nutritious seeds are banned from being de-shelled and made into food. This could change in April when the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation will decide to accept or reject a Standard that would allow hemp to be sold as food. Dave Jordan is behind The Hemp Farm in the Waikato where he and his wife Anne are licensed to grow hemp.
09:40 Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Has New Zealand presided over a health disaster in its only colony?
09:53 Mass whale stranding at Farewell Spit
Kathryn Ryan speaks with Nelson journalist Nina Hindmarsh from Farewell Spit, where 400 whales have stranded - and urgent efforts are underway to refloat the survivors.
10:05 Conlanging: how to build a new language
Kathryn Ryan talks to Britton Watkins who's created a documentary about the people who create and speak constructed languages. Some of the most famous examples include Klingon from Star Trek and Sindarin from Lord of the Rings but the history of "conlanging" goes back at least as far of the middle ages and includes so-called "international languages" like Esperanto.
10:35 Unity Books Review - "Landscapes: John Berger on Art" by John Berger
Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd, published by Verso
10:45 The Reading
The Larnachs by Owen Marshall told by Michele Amas and Owen Scott (Part 4 of 12)
11:05 Music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies bends a grateful ear toward the glorious bedsit pop of Auckland's Fazerdaze, then veers off to Lagos for a spot of Nigerian 'gender politics' disco from the late Christy Essien. Lastly, lest we forget, a favourite song from the dearly departed David Bowie.
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer on the Halberg Award winners, Rugby's own little Watergate bugging scandal and the Black Caps winning record at home.
11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood
Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood on what hating certain sounds might say about your brain and the etiquette - or not - of taking selfies at funerals