Nine To Noon for Wednesday 31 January 2018
09:05 "Massive snow melt" concerning: researchers
Otago University researchers are warning the impact of the hot dry summer on our glaciers will affect hydropower generation, irrigation and agriculture in the future. Dr Nicolas Cullen of Otago University's geography department, and colleague Pascal Sirguey of the survey department, have been studying one of New Zealand's largest, but least known, ice fields, which straddles the Southern Alps and feeds major rivers on both sides. Kathryn talks with Nicolas Cullen and also veteran alpine guide in the Mt Cook area, Dave McKinley.
09:20 Aussie grapes in Kiwi wine: "a blow to the industry"
One of the country's best known wine labels is to start using Australian grapes in some of its wines. Montana says it will use grapes from across the Tasman in two of its cheaper wines - one sauvignon blanc and one pinot noir. Kathryn Ryan speaks with veteran wine writer Michael Cooper, who says it's a significant move and a blow to the industry, also Chief Executive of New Zealand Wine Growers Phillip Gregan.
09:45 Australia correspondent Bernard Keane
Australian correspondent Bernard Keane reports on the political year across the Tasman kicking off in the same way 2017 ended: with the government leaking.
10:05 Love like ours? The Inner Life of Animals
Kathryn Ryan speaks to Peter Wohlleben, author of the best-selling Hidden Life of Trees. His latest book, The Inner Life of Animals - Surprising Observations of a Hidden World, looks at how pets and their wild woodland relatives display what are perceived to be human emotions, with chapters ranging from a hedgehog who has nightmares, a magpie who commits adultery to a crow bringing gifts in thanks for food. Peter has a real connection to this subject through more than 20 years working in forestry in Germany. His passion for conservation goes back to his early childhood. These days he manages his own piece of environmentally friendly forest, from where he runs a nature academy.
10:35 Book review - Best of 2017
Jenna Todd reviews:
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman, published by Penguin.
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, published by HarperCollins.
- Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country & Other Stories by Chavisa Woods, published by Seven Stories Press, U.S.
10:45 The Reading
Gutter Black by Dave McArtney, read by Phil O'Brien (Part 3 of 6).
11:05 Music with Graeme Downes
Graeme Downes takes a look at Neil Finn's latest offering, Out of Silence. Graeme is a founding member of The Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.
11:20 Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds
Alison Jones talks to Kathryn Ryan about very early Māori and Pākehā relations, at a time when migration was pretty much under Māori control. Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds is the true story of one of the first Māori travellers to Europe. It's written by Kuni Kaa Jenkins and Alison Jones, Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland in the school of Maori and Indigenous Education.
11:45 Arts commentator Courtney Johnston
Courtney Johnston looks back at the life of Dame Cheryll Sotheran, founding Chief Executive of Te Papa. Also, a cheeky offer from a New York museum to the Office of the US President. And did you use the Google Arts & Culture's new selfie-matching feature over the holidays?
Music played in this show
Artist: Dusty Springfield
Song: Just a Little Lovin'
Album: Dusty in Memphis
Artist: Prince Buster
Album: I Feel the Spirit