09:05 Massive water infrastructure reform 2019: who will pay?

Tap dripping water.

Photo: 123RF

With fundamental reform of our waste, drinking, and storm water on the cards - who will pay the billions and is it time for an aggregation of suppliers? Kathryn Ryan discusses with Local Government. Minister Nanaia Mahuta, Steven Selwood of Infrastructure New Zealand and Karyn Sinclair Chair of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

09:25 Getting your affairs in order, what is an EPA?

Wellington lawyer David Tyree talks to Kathryn about the importance of Enduring Powers of Attorney, who needs them and when? Getting your affairs in order is not just for the elderly. Also, what happens when someone lacks capacity but doesn't have an EPA in place.

EPA form

EPA form Photo: supplied

09:45 Latest unrest in Nairobi and Zimbabwe 

Africa correspondent Deborah Patta with the latest unrest in Nairobi and Zimbabwe. Also a contested election in the DRC.

Unrest Nairobi and Zimbabwe

Unrest Nairobi and Zimbabwe Photo: composite for Nine to Noon

10:05 Don't be fooled! Magic tricks & the psychology of the mind

Tricking the mind - what do you see first?

Tricking the mind - what do you see first? Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY

What do illusions tell us about how our mind works and what is it about human cognition that makes us fooled by trickery? Kathryn talks with Professor Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins (Artist-in-Residence) former professional magician, visual artist from the Department of Psychology, at the University of Cambridge.
They are co-founders of  'The Captured Thought' which is an arts and science collaboration that explores mental time travel and the subjective experience of thinking.

10:35 Book review - Best of 2018

Robert Kelly shares his picks for the best books of 2018 which include; Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne, Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.

10:45 The Reading

Mona Minim & the Smell of the Sun by Janet Frame read by Dick Weir.  Episode 1 of 9 

11:05 Political commentators

Stephen Mills and Brigitte Morten review the PM's UK trip and an imminent return to parliament for Jami-Lee Ross. 

British Prime Minister Theresa May greets Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outside 10 Downing Street.

British Prime Minister Theresa May greets Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outside 10 Downing Street. Photo: AFP

Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments and Brigitte Morten is a Senior Consultant for Silvereye and a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government.

11:30 An ode to Palestinian culture through food

No matter where Reem Kassis lives in the world, she creates the dishes of her childhood. Raised in Jerusalem, a few years in London, and now living in the US, her book The Palestinian Table is an ode to her culture and the aromas from family meals. Her attachment to food and to her roots has steered her away from a career as a business consultant to embrace focussing on food. She says three chicken dishes  Maqlubeh, Maftool and Msakhan are particularly special to her family.


11:45 Bull creek cribs & NY outdoor honours

Outdoor adventurer Kennedy Warne on the Bull Creek crib community on the South Otago coast, mention of some New Years Honours recipients in the outdoor-conservation field and remembering American nature poet, Mary Oliver.