Nine To Noon for Wednesday 31 October 2018
09:05 KiwiRail : from diesel to renewable
What will getting KiwiRail's operations away from diesel and onto renewable sources mean for jobs, the regions and the environment ? Kiwirail had planned to scrap the electric trains by April next year but now the government has announced it will spend 35-million dollars over the next four years refurbishing 15 electric trains, extending their life by 10 years. Kathryn talks to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary, Wayne Butson and Dr Roger Blackley from Greater Wellington Regional Council who is a former Secretary for the Environment, an Engineering New Zealand Distinguished Fellow.
09:15 Research into distressing dental condition
Chalky teeth, or more technically, Molar-Incisor Hypomineralisation is when the enamel on the 6 year old molars does not form properly. When the teeth erupt they are brown and can crumble leading to pain, distress and often extraction. Research into the condition which affects one in six children globally has been patchy and the cause or causes are still not understood. Dorothy Boyd is a paediatric dentist at Otago Dental School who has researched chalky teeth. She joins Kathryn along with Professor Mike Hubbard who is a New Zealander leading a world wide campaign to get more research funding so dentists can better understand what causes chalky teeth and how to prevent it.
09:30 The Guerrilla Collection. Future focused festival of Pacific Grace
"Ours. By Us. For All." On 2nd - 4th November Black Grace is bringing together some of the boldest voices of the Pacific to consider what comes next for Auckland City. The Guerrilla Collection - a free festival of 30-minute movement pieces, will be completely free of charge, to make it accessible for all Aucklanders. Kathryn Ryan talks to NZ arts laureate and Black Grace founder Neil Ieremia and Leki Jackson-Bourke, an award winning South Auckland-based writer, actor, producer and choreographer, who's just recently been named as the emerging Pacific Artist of the year.
09:45 Malcolm Turbull becomes a special envoy?
Australia correspondent, Karen Middleton reports on Malcolm Turnbull's unusual new role as the Prime Minister's personal envoy, representing Australia at an oceans conference in Bali. There has also been a rare public interview by a spy chief, the fallout from the cricket review and actor Geoffrey Rush's defamation case against the Sydney Morning Herald.
10:05 Birdstories - NZ natives evolution & survival
Geoff Norman's fascination with New Zealand's birds spans their discovery, their place in both Pākehā and Māori worlds, their survival and conservation, and the illustrations and art they have inspired. His wealth of knowledge about our natives has been laid out in his new book, Birdstories.
10:35 NZ Books review - Ocean of Milk by Belinda Aycrigg
Louise O'Brien from quarterly review periodical New Zealand Books, reviews Ocean of Milk by Belinda Aycrigg, which is published by Lasavia Publishing.
10:45 The Reading
The New Ships by Kate Duignan read by Nick Blake, part 7 of 12.
11:05 Creepy music to get you in the Halloween mood.
RNZ's Kirsten Johnstone has gathered some chilling music for Halloween – the soundtracks to both the 1977 and 2018 versions of the horror film Suspiria. The older version is by Goblin and this year's remake is by Thom Yorke. Plus a new song by Estere and Raiza Biza about the Tokoloshe, a mythical African creature.
11:20 Meet Me at the Intersection
Melanie Rodriga discusses her involvement in 'Meet Me at the Intersection' an anthology of 'own voice' YA writing about life seen through the perspective of marginalised groups.
11:45 Frisky Redback spiders are in for a surprise!
Science commentator, Dr Siouxsie Wiles has been looking into research that could be used to trap frisky male Redbacks before they get a chance to breed. It involves the foul smelling acid the females produce to attract mates. Siouxsie also has the latest research on the effectiveness of annual flu jabs and how pokie machines get players aroused .
Associate Professor Dr Siouxsie Wiles is the head of Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.
Music played in this show
Artist: Christine and the Queens
Track: Five Dollars
Track: Suspiria theme
Time played: 11.13
Artist: Suspiria Soundtrack
Time played: 11.25
Artist: Estere + Raiza Biza
Time played: 11.25