Nine To Noon for Wednesday 21 March 2018
09:05 NGO pulls out of family violence pilot over safety concerns
A women's refuge group which was a key part of a family violence pilot has walked away from signing a new contract because of concerns for its staff. The Integrated Safety Response pilot or ISR pilot began in Waikato and Christchurch in 2016 - it's being led by the police and involves many government agencies and specialist family violence non-government organisations. Now AVIVA - formerly the Christchurch Women's Refuge - says it will no longer be part of the programme. Kathryn speaks with its CEO, Nicola Woodward and Jan Logie MP, the under secretary to the minister of justice, responsible for Domestic and Sexual Violence.
09:20 Wood-first initiative sought for NZ construction
The adoption of a 'wood-first' policy is starting to gain traction in New Zealand, and around the world, encouraging more businesses and government agencies to use natural, timber-based construction. It's part of an effort to tackle climate change by using a naturally renewable and abundant resource that reduces carbon emissions, as well as the time and cost of construction. Kathryn speaks with the campaign manager for Make It Wood, David Rowlinson, and the chief executive of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association, Jon Tanner.
09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton
A late blast of heat has heralded terrible bushfires in Victoria and the south coast of New South Wales; Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in talks with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi; the Federal Government is set to wind back the heritage protection over parts of the Coral Sea near the Great Barrier Reef to allow more fishing and tourism; and the reporting deadline for an inquiry into religious freedom in Australia has been extended.
10:05 Frank Luntz: What do Americans really want?
America is now more than a year into the first term of Donald Trump's presidency, but with midterm elections just around the corner, will we see a shakeup in the political landscape? Kathryn Ryan speaks with renowned American political consultant and Republican pollster Frank Luntz.
10:35 NZ Books review
Louise O'Brien from NZ Books reviews Feverish by Gigi Fenster, published by Victoria University Press.
10:45 The Reading
Baby No Eyes by Patricia Grace (Ep. 13 of 17)
11:05 Music with Kirsten Johnstone
Music 101's Kirsten Johnstone covers music criticism, music journalism and the death of print music media – featuring tunes from Ed Sheeran and Jack White.
11:20 Daniel Flynn: the social enterprise taking on the big guns
Kathryn Ryan meets the co-founder of the social enterprise, Thankyou, which is taking on the big guns of the retail industry to make changes in developing nations and at home. Thankyou has a range of 38 consumer products, from bottled water, to skin and babycare sold in major retail stores, with 100 per cent of the profits going to sanitation, child and maternal health programs in developing countries. Thankyou is poised to launch in New Zealand.
11:40 Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings resigns
Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings has resigned and will step down later this year. His resignation comes on the same day Fonterra announced a first half loss of $348 million, largely due to its troubled Beingmate investment in China, in addition to damages paid to its rival, Danone. The loss for the six months ended September compares with a profit of $413 million a year ago. Our business editor, Gyles Beckford, has been covering the half year result.
11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles
This week, scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks about microplastics, greenhouse gases and why you shouldn’t waste your money on expensive custom-insoles.
Music played in this show
Artist: Ed Sheeran
Song: What Do I Know
Comp: Sheeran / McDaid / Vance
Label: Asylum / Atlantic
Artist: Jack White
Song: Connected by Love
Album: Boarding House Reach
Label: Third Man / Columbia / XL
Artist: The Venus Project
Song: Won’t Hurt
Comp: Mora / Nott
Album: Vol. 1
Label: Universal Music New Zealand