Nine To Noon for Wednesday 5 December 2018
09:05 NZ plastic waste exports burned not recycled?
There are claims that some NZ plastic waste shipped to Malaysia to be on sold, is in fact being burned and causing contamination of villages. Lay Peng Pua is an environmental activist from Jenjarom in Malaysia's Kuala Langat area, where there are almost 40 waste factories. She and NZ based Greenpeace plastics and oceans campaigner Emily Hunter have details of unwanted plastics exports being dumped rather than recycled.
Lay Peng Pua is visiting New Zealand to draw attention to the trail of waste, and to speak of the consequences for residents near the factories. A meeting will also be held with Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage.
09:20 Campaign for ambitious youth hub in Chch
Christchurch GP and youth advocate Dr Sue Bagshaw discusses the campaign for an ambitious multi-million dollar youth hub in Christchurch to tackle mental health and homelessness. Dr Bagshaw runs the existing 298 Youth Health Service in Christchurch, but it has struggled to keep pace with unprecedented demand.She's proposing a new one-stop youth health hub, which will deliver mental health, medical and social services, recreation and employment support as well as transitional housing for 25 homeless young people. Earlier this year the Anglican church purchased the land for the 10 million dollar project - tonight the fundraising effort to get it built begins with a line-up of local and New Zealand talent performing in a variety concert.
09:45 Australia's Liberals make it harder to roll leader
Bernard Keane has the latest from Australia where the Liberal Party has passed a new rule to make it harder to get rid of its leader, Malcolm Turnbull is calling for an early election and there's a push by the government to rush a bill through imposing new powers to force tech companies to plant spyware to defeat encryption.
10:05 Debate not hate. What's wrong with 'call-out' culture?
Too much focus on microaggressions, safe spaces, and trigger warnings could be linked to an increase in anxiety among the young, despite being well intentioned. Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt talks to Kathryn Ryan about the rise of 'call out' culture which he likens to witch hunts. What are the dangers this poses to free speech, mental health, education, and ultimately democracy?
Jonathan Haidt is a Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University. His books include 'The Righteous Mind' and 'The Happiness Hypothesis'.
10:35 Book review - The Kingfisher Secret by Anonymous
Elisabeth Easther reviews The Kingfisher Secret by Anonymous, which is published by Penguin Random House.
"The Kingfisher Secret is a thinly veiled depiction of Donald and Ivana Trump’s marriage. Although the names have changed, the conceit is that Ivana is an eastern bloc infiltrator, known as a swallow, trained to inveigle her way into ambitious western men’s lives, drive their rise and engineer their fall. And her mark is American businessman Anthony Craig, a dead-ringer for Donald Trump. Said to be based in part on speculation from the international intelligence community, whether that’s true or not, it’s great fun to imagine. And if it is true, the stakes would be ridiculously high so to ramp up the ‘is it, isn’t it’ tension, the author has chosen to remain anonymous."
10:45 The Reading - Billy Bird
Billy Bird by Emma Neal read by Victoria Abbott. Part 3 of 10
11:05 Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures
A chance sighting of a young student wearing a t-shirt of Joy Division's breakthrough album Unknown Pleasures, caused Graeme Downes to dust off his vinyl copy and reacquaint himself with the record. While listening to three tracks, Disorder, Day of the Lords and She's Lost Control, Graeme tries to get to the bottom of the songs' enduring appeal.
Graeme Downes is a musicologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.
11:20 Hayley Rhind: fashion and farming
Hayley Rhind did not intend to start a New Zealand made clothing label - but that is exactly what she has done from her sheep and beef farm near Blenheim. She began designing her own clothes to save money. Her friends liked them so much, they pestered her to get more of her designs made for them and so White Chalk was born. A desire to include merino wool in the designs has lead to the clothes to being made entirely in Blenheim, and after 3 years in operation it's now a million dollar business. Hayley joins Kathryn to talk about how a happy accident, led to her new business adventure.
11:45 Dean Knight's Top 3 Public law awards for 2018
It's been a busy year for public law, with numerous developments on different fronts. Dr Dean Knight lists his top events of the year including Arthur Taylor and the Bill of Rights, Free Speech and Hate Speech and Immigration decision making.
Dr Dean Knight is Co-Director of the NZ Centre for Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington