Nine To Noon for Thursday 31 May 2018
09:05 Real estate agents react angrily to new meth advisory
Real estate agents say home buyers and sellers are angry and confused over the new meth contamination levels. The Prime Minister's chief science adviser says there's no evidence of illness arising from third-hand exposure to methamphetamine. His conclusion came too late for the hundreds of people evicted from supposedly contaminated homes, or forced to pay enormous clean up bills. The Real Estate Institute‘s Chief Executive is Bindi Norwell.
09:15 Will industry wide shake up fix ailing water infrastructure?
The second stage of an extensive government review has just got underway looking at wide ranging reforms to our three water services: drinking water, waste water and storm water. Just last month a cabinet paper listed extensive problems due to multiple pressures including widespread systematic failures of water suppliers to meet drinking water standards, and concerns about the capability of a system, with many local authorities struggling to respond. Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has told stakeholders a new system is still in the "conceptual stage". So what's in the pipeline for reform? And who is going to pay to replace the ageing infrastructure? John Pfahlert is the Chief Executive of the water industry group, Water New Zealand and Marcus Rink is the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water at the UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
09:30 Katharine Birbalsingh: UK's Strictest School
Controversial New Zealand born London head teacher Katharine Birbalsingh founded Michaela Park Community School in North West London in 2014. It's often referred to as Britain's strictest school. Children have to attend a seven day boot camp before starting at Michaela to learn the school's strict rules, which include no talking in the corridors and demerit points given for forgetting a pen, or slouching. Katharine tells Lynn Freeman what's behind the school's military ethos. Katharine is a guest of the New Zealand Initiative, and is presenting at researchED in Auckland on Saturday.
09:45 UK correspondent Tim Sculthorpe
Tim Sculthorpe on the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations, plus how Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spent 18 minutes on a prank call with someone pretending to the Prime Minister of Armenia, and billions in extra funding are needed for English hospitals.
10:05 Alpine inspiration: Laurence Fearnley & Paul Hersey
Writers Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey talk with Lynn Freeman about the new anthology of alpine writing they have co-edited. To The Mountains draws on 150 years of material - giving a glimpse into this country's mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.
10:35 Book review: Matchstick Man by Julia Kelly
Reviewed by Gail Pittaway, published by HarperCollins.
10:45 The Reading
Malcolm and Juliet by Bernard Beckett read by Stephen Lovatt (#14 of 15)
11:05 Universal Access, Echo & Geek Pride Day
Sarah Putt on Internet NZ calling for Universal Access for all New Zealanders - but what does that mean? Also, Amazon’s digital assistant device "Echo" coming under scrutiny for recording a family's conversation and sending it to the husband’s employee. Plus, how the Domain Name Commission celebrated Geek Pride Day.
11:25 Tips for teens: how to thrive in the college years
Term two is a busy time especially for NCEA students - with internal assessments coming thick and fast. Add to that sports commitments, maybe a part time job, social activity and it's easy to see how some teens might be struggling to keep it all together. Teacher, author, public speaker and CEO of Spectrum Education Karen Boyes has tips for teens feeling the pressure.
11:45 The Queen's Green Planet, Rose Hobart
Lara Strongman reviews The Queen's Green Planet, which screened on Prime on Sunday night. Also the 1936 film Rose Hobart, by artist Joseph Cornell, which screened at Christchurch Art Gallery a couple of weeks ago, and is available on YouTube.