Nine To Noon for Wednesday 15 November 2017
09:05 Iwi moves to put rahui on Waitākere Ranges
West Auckland iwi, Te Kawerau ā Maki, wants the council to enforce a public ban on entering the Waitakere Ranges, saying it's the only way to stop the spread of the killer Kauri dieback disease. The Executive Manager of Te Kawerau a Maki, Edward Ashby says the iwi is sick of waiting the council to act and so it will place a rahui on the area by Christmas - with support from Forest and Bird, the Waitarere Ranges Protection Society, The Tree Council and the Friends of Regional Parks. Kathryn Ryan also speaks with Auckland Council's Director of Community Services, Ian Maxwell.
09:20 HPV vaccine: 30% higher uptake than expected
Drug buyer Pharmac says there's been a 30% higher than predicted demand of the HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical, mouth, throat, penis and anal cancers. The human papillomavirus vaccine was funded for girls and young women nine years ago, with funding extended to boys and young men at the start of this year. There is currently a shortage of the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Pharmac's Manager of Procurement and Contracts Greg Williams and Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre at the University of Auckland Nikki Turner.
09:30 Us vs them: Why are we increasingly snubbing collective action?
Dr Danny Osborne has found that people's basic beliefs about their collective ability to change the system, can actually undermine collective action. The University of Auckland social scientist has just recently won the Royal Society 's inaugural Te Apārangi Early Career Research Award in Social Sciences for his prolific research into understanding the disincentives that tend to discourage joint action by individuals despite rising rates of inequality.
09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton
The MP citizenship debacle claims more victims; Australians will find out today the results of the same-sex marriage postal vote; the standoff continues on Manus Island; and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's poll figures slump further.
10:05 Richard Denniss: Curing Affluenza
In his new book, Curing Affluenza, Australian economist and author Richard Denniss argues we can still have a thriving economy while buying less stuff. He says materialism and consumerism are fundamentally misunderstood and in fact we should be more materialistic, by taking pleasure in the things we own already – preserving them, repairing them and caring for them. He also argues we should spend money to grow the economic pie by supporting the things we value most: vibrant communities and rich experiences. Richard Denniss is the chief economist of the Australia Institute. He writes for The Monthly, the Canberra Times and the Australian Financial Review.
10:35 Book review
"Fools and Mortals" by Bernard Cornwell, reviewed by Gail Pittaway.
Bruce Hopkins takes his father and brother's ashes back home to Stewart Island. But he’s taking the long way there; walking the length of New Zealand on Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Stuart Island. (Part 3)
11:05 Music with Graeme Downes
A look at the 14th and final studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker, released in 2016 just 19 days before his death. The critically acclaimed album was created towards the end of Cohen's life, and focuses on death, God and humour.
Graeme Downes is a founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.
11:20 Sarah Wilkins, illustrator
Sarah Wilkins is a Wellington based illustrator working for clients all over the world. Her illustrations appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, The Telegraph and the Washington Post. She has designed a mural in Paris, ad campaigns on buses in Helsinki, tote bags sold in New York City and T-shirts worn in Japan. She's just collaborated on a second book with the poet and author Jenny Bornholdt, called The Longest Breakfast, and is the only New Zealand illustrator to be involved in the runaway success Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, as a second book is about to be released. Sarah talks to Kathryn about her life and career.
11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles
This week, scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks about the danger of wind turbines, at least if you are a bat; the neurons that may be the key to treating some forms of infertility; and the surprising finding that daytime wounds heal more quickly than those suffered at night.