Nine To Noon for Tuesday 1 August 2017
09:05 Is Andrew Little on his way out?
Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams discuss the Labour Party leadership as a crunch meeting of the caucus is about to get underway.
09:20 Government to scrap school decile system
Education Minister Nikki Kaye joins Kathryn Ryan to discuss the end of the decile rating system and the new "risk index" which would estimate the number of their students at risk of underachievement.That rating will stay private and be reviewed every year – and is expected to come into effect in 2019 or 2020.
09:45 Trump fires Scaramucci in massive White House shake-up
Kathryn Ryan talks to Susan Milligan about the latest moves in Trump's inner circle, Priebus and Scaramucci are out, and Kelly is in. Also, John McCain's thumbs-down to a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare, the President's tweet undoing the US policy on transgender people in the military.
10:05 From campfire tales to book award shortlist
Far north school principal Fraser Smith often struggled to find material to engage the Maori children in his rural community, particularly boys. So he did something about it, with his debut novel Awatea's Treasure, which has been shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults best first book award. The book grew from stories told to children on school camp and in classrooms.
10:35 Book review
Lisa Finucane has been reading See You in September by Charity Norman.
10:45 The Reading
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram
Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about the immigration and tourism set records in the latest month and the World Bank launches the first NZ$ denominated green bond.
11:30 Spring-time gardening with Xanthe White
Landscape designer and gardener Xanthe White with a warning of Spring fever – what you should and shouldn't do in the garden in the first month of spring.
11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis
Media Commentator, Gavin Ellis on the mass withdrawal of entries from the EY business journalism awards after an entry about one of the consultancy firms's clients was removed.
Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org