Nine To Noon for Friday 27 July 2018
09:05 Alarm raised over prospect of new mining permits on DOC land
The Ministry of Business and Innovation is defending its decision to open up two vast new areas for prospecting in the South Island after a three-year moratorium. The areas - one in Otago covering more than 33,000sq km and another in Nelson covering nearly 8000sq km - include some conservation land, including reserves, conservation areas and national parks. Both had been closed to prospecting while a 3 year regional aeromagnetic survey programme was undertaken, in part to help identify mineral deposits, and to allow an allocation strategy for the areas to be developed. Environmental group Forest & Bird's Kevin Hague is questioning why this was allowed to happen when the Government was just weeks away from beginning its consultation on how to fulfil its "no new mines on conservation land policy ". Kathryn also talks Chris Baker of Straterra, which represents the New Zealand minerals industry.
09:20 Super athletes of the future
Professor Diana Bowman, from Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society is researching the potential impacts of human gene editing on global sport. Could embryonic gene editing result in super athletes? A look at the ethical, legal and social implications.
09:45 Vanuatu's Ambae volcano alert level rises
RNZ Pacific journalist Koro Vaka'uta with the effect the ash fall from Vanuatu's Ambae volcano is having on local communities, and attempts to reassure people in Samoa over the safety of vaccinations, following two infant deaths.
10:05 Gabrielle Brady: Island of Hungry Ghosts
Gabrielle Brady's first feature documentary is a raw, hypnotic film about Christmas Island called Island of Hungry Ghosts. The Australian filmmaker wanted the island to be a powerful presence in the film which focuses on a trauma counsellor. Poh Lin was living on the island, trying to work in the system and help the refugees who are detained there. The film interweaves those stories with the ancient migration of 40 million crabs across the island. The film was four years in the making and won the feature documentary prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. Gabrielle joins Kathryn to talk about telling a familiar story in a very different way. Island of Hungry Ghosts is showing at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
10:35 Children's Book review
Rachel Eadie from Scorpio books reviews two young adult titles:
Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas by Ant Sang and Michael Bennett, published by Penguin.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, published by Pan Macmillan.
10:45 The Reading
Dance of the Peacocks by James McNeish read by Ian Johnstone part 10 of 10
This reading, is not available online due to copyright restrictions
11:05 Blair Parkes, the Blue Nile & Fabulous Arabia
Music reviewer Grant Smithies goes ape over two killer new tracks from New Brighton krautrocker Blair Parkes, spins the slinky new single from local “tudor reggae” pioneers Fabulous Arabia, and lurches back to the mid 80s to blow the dust off a stone cold classic from Glasgow trio, The Blue Nile.
11:30 Rugby, Super Rugby and Boxing
Sports Commentator Brendan Telfer looks at why our men and women apparently have a ‘stranglehold’ on world rugby titles, Joseph Parker gets back into the boxing ring and it is the super rugby semi-finals this weekend.
11:45 The week that was
James Elliott and Michele A'Court on the cat flap that caught out a Waikato woman, and the Virginia Beach runaway snake.