Nine To Noon for Friday 4 May 2018
09:05 Rise in pokie spending despite fewer machines
Latest figures from the Department of Interal affairs show an increase in spending on pokies, despite there being fewer machines. New Zealanders have spent more than $210 million on pokies in the first quarter of this year – and some centres have shown a huge increase compared with last year. The Problem Gambling Foundation says pokie machines are more prolific in poor areas, and much of the $888 million total spent on them in the last year came from those who can least afford it. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Andree Froude from the Problem Gambling Foundation.
09:20 Could Pacific boxers be at higher risk of early-onset dementia?
Young Pasifika men considering careers in boxing are being warned that they could be at greater risk of early-onset dementia. New research on a cluster of eight former amateur or professional boxers – all Pasifika and living in South Auckland – showed that seven of the men developed dementia before age 65. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the lead author of the research, Dr Vahid Payman who is recommending anyone in this risk group considering a boxing career to get tested for other risk factors.
09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta
Media freedom in the Pacific; French President Emmanuel Macron makes his first trip to New Caledonia; and why Samoa could be at risk of losing players for a pivotal Rugby World Cup qualifier.
10:05 Cracking El Chapo's drug cartel
The gripping behind-the-scenes story of the manhunt for America's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has just been published. Hunting El Chapo: Taking Down the World's Most Wanted Drug Lord is the true story of how a young drug enforcement agent, Andrew Hogan, tracked down and captured El Chapo in an eight-year-long chase. The story is soon to become a movie. Kathryn Ryan talks to the book's co-author Douglas Century.
10:35 Book review
Phil Vine reviews They Know Not What They Do by Jussi Valtonen; translated by Kristian London, published by Oneworld.
10:45 The Reading
The River by David Hill, read by Peter Vere Jones (Part 5 of 5).
11:05 New music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies veers all over the paddock like a tractor with faulty steering, with tracks from Death And The Maiden, Paul Ramos and Darren Watson.
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Golfer Lydia Ko is back in the winner's circle 22 months since her last win; Warriors have been sold; and New Zealand Cricket has to decide whether to send the Black Caps in to Pakistan later this year.
11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther
A lighter look at this past week –a new style of jean that has almost all of the denim removed is being mocked online after going on sale in a Los Angeles fashion outlet; a Melbourne library is shut down after a stinky fruit was mistaken for a gas leak; and French President Emmanuel Macron thanks Australian PM's 'delicious' wife.
Music played in this show
Artist: Lord Echo
Song: What is that feeling
Composer: August / Johnson