Nine To Noon for Friday 9 November 2018
09:05 Small electricity lay complaint against regulator claiming unfairness
Four of the country's largest independent energy retailers have laid a joint complaint with the Electricity Authority over claims it is failing to regulate the electricity sector, leaving customers ripped off. Between them Flick Electric, Electric Kiwi, Pulse Energy and Vocus supply power to 150-thousand customers. They say while smaller players have been working hard to drive competition in the market, the big generator retailers, for example Meridian, have continued to make massive profits because of a lack of transparency in practices and questionable spot market pricing. Kathryn talks with Stephen O'Connor, CEO and founder of Flick Electric.
09:20 New drugs failing against antibiotic resistant apocalypse
Leading infectious disease specialist Dr Stephen Mcbride is painting a grim picture of how new drugs have failed to keep pace with new breeds of superbugs. Dr McBride, who is Clinical Head of Infectious Diseases at Middlemore Hospital, says even top self, upgraded penicillin is now ineffective against the latest threat, CRO. (carbapenem-resistant organisms). He joins Kathryn to discuss how front line medical services are coping with the bugs that keep outwitting the drugs.
09.30 "A roaring chorus of gladsome sounds" into dance
Malia Johnston is the director and choreographer of a performance commissioned for the Armistice centenary, He Wawā Waraki Roaring Chorus 2018: a twenty minute piece weaving historic text, contemporary poetry, waiata, dance and music to evoke the energy, noise and emotion of the Armistice here in New Zealand when it was signed 100 years ago. It's also a reflection on what Armistice means to us today. It's a key part of the Armistice Centenary National Ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington this Sunday.
09:45 Doomed Indonesian airliner, refugees, blasphemy and a deported nun
The ABC's Anne Barker on the first clues emerging about the doomed Indonesian airliner that crashed into the Java Sea over a week ago, killing all 189 people onboard. She also discusses the ongoing problems faced by refugees in Indonesia, and the release of Asia Bibi in the Pakistan blasphemy case.
10:05 A pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago
Aucklander Lorraine Thomson describes walking El Camino de Santiago as a physical, mental and spiritual journey. She's a former magazine publisher, now independent director, who completed the 800 kilometre trek from St Pied de Port in France, over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain, to the ancient burial place of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. Last year 300,000 pilgrims walked the trail. Lorraine has written a book about her trip, called The French Way.
10:35 Unity Books review - In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary by Jan Morris
Tilly Lloyd reviews In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary by Jan Morris, which is published by Faber.
"Celebrated as the "greatest descriptive writer of her time" (Rebecca West), Jan Morris has been dazzling readers since she burst on the scene with her on-the-spot reportage of the first ascent of Everest in 1953. Now, the 92-year-old author of classics such as Venice and Trieste embarks on an entirely new literary enterprise - a collection of short daily diaries, penned over the course of a single year. Ranging widely from the idyllic confines of her North Wales home, Morris comments and quips on world and domestic issues."
10:45 The Reading
Blackberry Pie - a short story by Adrienne Frater read by Peter Vere-Jones
11:05 The Beatles & Bob Dylan reissues
New music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor from Slow Boat Records takes a deep dive into the latest reissues from the twin pinnacles of Dadrock - The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
11:30 All Blacks vs England preview & a cricket hat-trick
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer previews the most eagerly awaited rugby test since the last Rugby World Cup. At Twickenham this Sunday morning, it's England versus the All Blacks, so a showdown between the two most successful sides in world rugby over the past three years. Also, two remarkable cricket performances this week involving New Zealand players. Forty three runs off one over in a domestic game - a world record and Trent Boult gets a hat trick in the first one dayer between NZ and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. And the terrible mistake made by an overly enthusiastic parent which may have destroyed her daughters hopes of becoming a new star in women's golf.
11:45 Friday funnies with James Elliot & Pinky Agnew
James Elliott and Pinky Agnew look at the lighter side of life, including why marriage proposals during the New York marathon may not be a good idea, and the British 90 year old who has made hundreds of abusive emergency service calls demanding lifts to Bingo and cups of tea.