Nine To Noon for Monday 4 March 2019
09:05 Queens Wharf cruise ship proposal approaches critical stage
The independent hearing into a proposed extension to Auckland's Queens Wharf, to allow huge cruise ships to berth has heard a chorus of objections from multiple community groups. The development arm of the Auckland Council, Panuku, is applying to build a 90 metre long concrete extension, called a dolphin structure, into the Waitemata Harbour. Panuku Project Manager, John Smith tells Kathryn why the upgrade to Queens Wharf is being sought, and Michael Goldwater from lobby group Stop Stealing Our Harbour outlines the opposition to it.
09:25 World weather modelling & NIWA's supercomputer
Kathryn discusses the latest developments in world-wide weather forecasting, and New Zealand's role in it, with Jon Petch, a senior executive from the UK Met Office. New Zealand is one of five countries combining forces to predict weather patterns around the globe, thanks to NIWA's supercomputer. An international conference on the future of weather forecasting and climate modelling is taking place in Wellington this week, focusing on the UK Unified Model Partnership, which has been used for predicting the majority of the world's weather for the past five years and allows forecasters to make predictions from hours out, to centuries.
09:45 Concern grows over antisemitic attacks in France
Europe correspondent, Seamus Kearney says authorities in France are voicing shock over the latest in a string of attacks seen as antisemitic. In the latest incident, a memorial stone was vandalised at the site of an historic synagogue in Strasbourg. This comes just weeks after dozens of graves in a nearby Jewish cemetery were spray painted with swastikas.
10:05 The cost saving of environmental housing
Professor Harrison Fraker is a world-renowned architect, at the forefront of a major project in his home state of California to retrofit a whole neighbourhood of existing homes into one energy efficient, sustainable unit. He is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, the recipient of numerous design awards, and the author of the book The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods.
10:35 Book review - Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb has been reading Bangkok Wakes to Rain, by Pitchaya Sudbanthad, which is published by Sceptr.
10:45 The Reading - Butlers Ringlet
Matthew Chamberlain reads part 6 of Butlers Ringlet by Laurence Fearnley.
11:05 Political commentators Williams & Morten
Our political commentators and Kathryn take a close look at the Government's transformation agenda. Is it radical change or incremental governing?. Also, the race for the Auckland mayoralty is underway.
Mike Williams is a former Labour Party president and Brigitte Morten is a Senior Consultant for Silvereye and a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government.
11.30 Kids cooking up a FoodStorm
An after school care programme is exciting children to make their own meals. sKids - Safe Kids in Daily Supervision - is running a programme giving children aged 5-13 a chance to make nutritious food and healthy habits for life. It's called FoodStorm and it's finding its way into some school's timetables. Kathryn is joined by sKids manager Sonia South and nine year old Jeana Johns to make a Selfie Wrap.
11:45 Where our cities meet the sea.
Bill McKay takes a look at what is happening on the waterfronts and lakefronts of towns throughout the country, including the Whangarei town basin, and the coastal developments of Tauranga, Dunedin and New Plymouth.
Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.
Music played in this show
Artist: Bic Runga
Track: Something good
Time played: 11:30