Nine To Noon for Friday 5 October 2018
09:05 Rural school kids at risk from speeding cars: campaigner
A road safety campaigner says speed limits outside rural schools must be lowered as part of the government's new Road Safety Strategy being developed. Currently drivers are required to slow down to 20 kilometres per hour to pass a school bus which has stopped, but otherwise the speed limit outside rural schools is often 100 kilometers per hour. Lucinda Rees of the advocacy group New Zealand School Speeds says rural kids are at much higher risk of harm that their urban cousins. Brent Johnston is the Ministry of Transport's Manager for Mobility and Safety.
09:20 Weasel spotted at Zealandia
Wellington's pest-free wildlife sanctuary, Zealandia, is redoubling its efforts to catch a dangerous intruder after the sighting of a weasel inside its predator proof fence. The ecosanctuary has been on high alert since Monday morning after it found mustelid paw tracks inside their boundary triggering an immediate hunt and incursion response. Zealandia is home to many important populations of some of New Zealand's most threatened species and until yesterday - mustelids have not been seen there for about 10 years. Dr Danielle Shanahan, is the conservation and research manager at Zealandia.
09:45 Pacific wrap, Manus Island, Air Niugini, Indonesia & Vanuatu clash
Pacific correspondent Johnny Blades Johnny Blades with a wrap of Pacific headlines, including the aftermath of the crash landing of an Air Niugini 737 plane in Micronesia, Indonesia lashes out at Vanuatu over its statements at the UN about West Papua, and Australia is in negotiations with Papua New Guinea's government about establishing a naval base on Manus Island
10:05 Tony Cragg - leading sculptor of the modern world
One of the world's foremost sculptor's creations is standing tall in Christchurch this summer. Turner Prize winner Tony Cragg's solid bronze structure "Mixed Feelings" stands 5.5m tall, weighing four tonnes. Craned in on Monday, it's sitting proudly in the middle of Christ's College Quadrangle in the CBD until January, as part of the Scape Public Art festival. The British sculptor, who lives in Germany has exhibited far and wide including The Louvre and The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Tony Cragg represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 1988, the same year he won the Turner Prize. He won the Japanese Emperor's Art Prize in 2007, is the principal of the Düsseldorf Art Academy, and was knighted in 2016. "Dynamics" and "Energy" describe virtually all of his sculptures. He tells Kathryn Ryan how besides bronze he works with steel, aluminum, wood, plastic, glass, stone and wax.
10:35 Book review - Gone to Pegasus by Tess Redgrave
Anne Else reviews Gone to Pegasus by Tess Redgrave, which is published by Makaro press.
10:45 The Reading
Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager, read by Simon Leary and Alex Greig. Episode 5 of 15.
11:05 Lontalius, Bad Sav & Parliament
Music reviewer Grant Smithies with the music of young Wellington producer, Lontalius (Eddie Johnson). He currently lives in LA but is back home to play a few shows this week in support of his upcoming second album. Also, a slab of moody guitar gloriousness from Dunedin's Bad Sav and a dusty funk classic from Parliament.
11:30 Powers of rugby's TMOs limited
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer updates us on NZ Football’s independent review of allegations against former Football Ferns coach Andreas Heraf - allegations proven, also, to the joy of many rugby fans worldwide, World Rugby has decided to reduce the powers of Rugby’s TMOs (television match officials) for the November internationals, and Golf's Ryder Cup between Europe and the US is fast becoming one of the world’s leading international teams events following Europe’s surprise win in Paris earlier this week.
11:45 That was a ghost bus - He pahi kēhua tērā
A feast of funnies with comedians Radar and Pinky Agnew, including a fabulous way to learn te reo at the bus stop.