Nine To Noon for Thursday 5 April 2018
09:05 Substandard building safety checks 'unacceptable'
The Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has looked into the performance of 23 councils nationwide, including Wellington, Waikato and Kaikoura. At least five were not carrying out any on-site audits at all, and two-thirds have building warrant of fitness systems that are below par. This covers systems like fire alarms, sprinklers, automatic doors and lifts, to make sure they work as they should in case of fire or power cuts. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the planning and regulatory manager at the Carterton District Council, and former team leader of the consent system at MBIE, Dave Gittings.
09:20 Is North Korea reining in its threats?
Kathryn Ryan speaks with a Korea expert from The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center, Bruce Klingner, about whether the impasse between the US and North Korea can be resolved.
09:45 UK correspondent Matt Dathan
Matt Dathan on how the poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal has turned into a massive domestic row between the Government and Opposition. Also, how ministers are finally focussing on life after Brexit.
10.05 Bret McKenzie: paying homage to Jim Henson & the Muppets
The Muppets are coming to Wellington. Kathryn Ryan talks to Bret McKenzie and Jim Henson Retrospectacle organiser Nic Marshall, who has spent much of the last 10 years organising this three-week long musical tribute to the creator of The Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock. The programme concludes with a special NZSO concert featuring Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie - with special appearances by some of Jim Henson's much-loved characters.
10:35 Book review
Stella Chrysostomou from Volume books reviews Census by Jesse Ball, published by Text.
10:45 The Reading
The Long Way Home: Actor Bruce Hopkins is walking his father and brother’s ashes home to Rakiura/Stewart Island along Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail.
11:05 New technology with Sarah Putt
Sarah Putt on the world's most powerful politician, Donald Trump, gunning for the world's richest man, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. Also, the Twitch phenomenon and tracking the Southern Cross Cable across the North Island.
11:25 Parenting - kids and chores
Psychologist Sarb Johal talks about getting children to do jobs around the house, and whether they should be linked to pocket money.
11:45 Viewing with Paul Casserly
TV and Film writer Paul Casserly has been watching Humanity, the controversial new Ricky Gervais stand-up on Netflix; the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony; and The Defiant Ones.