Nine To Noon for Friday 18 May 2018
09:05 Finance Minister Grant Robertson's first budget
The Finance Minister joins Nine to Noon to discuss his first budget.
09:20 Midwives say extra budget money won't fix problems
The budget contained 103 million dollars of new funding for community midwives over the next four years. Half of that will go towards a nearly nine per cent increase in fees for over 14 hundred lead maternity carers. But the College of Midwives says the funding increase will not stop the shortage in the profession.
9:30 Game of two halves: Windsor wedding or Wembley?
Dan Park is manager of the Duchess of Cambridge pub, opposite Windsor Castle. You could call it the Queen's local. It's certainly an establishment that favours the Royal Family. It changed its name to honour Kate after the last big royal wedding in the town in 2011. But there's competition in the glamour stakes in the UK on Saturday, and the pub's got 4 screens set up to cope with the split loyalities: two for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, and two for the FA cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
09:45 Pacific correspondent Sara Vui-Talitu
Violence in Papua New Guinea, the state of recovery from Cyclone Gita & the Pacific reaction to confirmation in the news this week that a NZ commissioned feasibility study was done on a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team.
10:05 Ruins: past and prophecy
From Rome's Colosseum to the Peruvian citadel of Machu Picchu, humankind has always shown a fascination with ruins. They're steeped in history over thousands of years - structures and abandoned places that have become progressively derelict due to natural disasters, war and depopulation. And many ruins have now become UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to identify and preserve them as areas of outstanding value to humanity. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Paul Cooper who discovered his passion for ruins after moving to Sri Lanka to work as an English teacher, using the inspiration of the Polonnaruwa ruins to write his first novel, River of Ink.
10:35 Book review - Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb from the University Book Shop, Otago, reviews Tangerine by Christine Mangan, published by Little, Brown.
10:45 The Reading
Malcolm and Juliet by Bernard Beckett read by Stephen Lovatt (# 5 of 15)
11:05 New Zealand Music Month - do we need it?
The sonically patriotic Grant Smithies is celebrating New Zealand Music Month with great local songs from Carb On Carb, Troy Kingi, Ha The Unclear and Being.
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Kieran Read, All Black captain will miss the next months 3 match test series against the French, Tana Umaga , hangs on to his job at the Blues for at least another year and Wellington looks likely to lose the Phoenix as media reports out of Sydney suggest the poor performing Wellington team set to sell its license to an Australian football entity eager to join the A-League.
11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court
Could Yorkshire puddings with jam become the latest craze ? Not if the Brits have anything to do with it. Also the journalists, political advisors and lobbyists who ended up stuck in a Beehive lift.