Nine To Noon for Tuesday 9 April 2019
09:05 Biggest tax change in 20 years
Around 750,000 wage and salary earners are set to get tax refunds for the first time automatically in what Inland Revenue describes as the biggest change to individual tax in a generation. As of last Monday, Inland Revenue is now automatically calculating the tax position of all wage and salary earners - and will generate a refund if one is due. It's part of the third stage of IR's $1.6 billion dollar Business Transformation project to simplify and modernise the tax system. Over Easter Inland Revenue will go offline and close its call centres for nearly a week as it implements the new system. Kathryn talks with Inland Revenue Commissioner Naomi Ferguson.
09:20 Social media advertising ban appears to be over
A voluntary ban on advertising on Facebook in the wake of the live-streamed Christchurch mosque shootings appears to be over for some advertisers. The country's biggest bank, ANZ, has decided to resume advertising on Facebook and Google. Paul Head, CEO of the Commercial Communications Council joins Kathryn to discuss whether others will follow suit.
09:45 Homeland Security Secretary leaves the Trump administration
From the US, Susan Milligan with the latest on the resignation of Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, amid growing border tensions. Also, a number of women have now come forward claiming former US Vice President, Joe Biden is a space invader.
10:05 Health entrepreneur, Josephine Gagan
23 years after beginning her career as a nurse, Josephine Gagan has just been inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs. She is the CEO of the New Zealand Health Group, the largest provider of home and community support services to those with disabilities and those needing support in their own homes. Before that, she was the Founder and Chief Executive of Geneva Healthcare, one of the largest national healthcare providers in the country. Jo Gagan's mother and grandmother were nurses, and she says she was naturally drawn to be a carer, but also always wanted to be in business.
10:35 NZ Books review - The Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay
Harry Ricketts from quarterly review periodical New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa, reviews The Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay by Diane Comer.
The personal stories of 37 migrants to New Zealand are showcased, representing 20 countries and all life stages.
The collection is published by Otago University Press ($35.00)
10:45 The Reading
The Life And Death Of Laura Friday (And Of Pavarotti, Her Parrot) by David Murphy. Part 6 of 12.
11:05 Buying from social enterprises & Spark changes
Business commentator Nikki Mandow talks to Kathryn about the social enterprise organisation Akina Foundation and imminent growth in the sector that will have wide social impact. Also, delving into changes at Spark with CEO Simon Moutter moving on.
Nikki Mandow is Senior Auckland reporter at BusinessDesk, and also contributor to the Two Cents' Worth business podcast with Newsroom and Radio NZ.
11:30 Hate speech, free speech & social cohesion
What is the line between free speech and hate speech? What do we know about how prevalent online hate speech is in New Zealand, and how does this impact on social cohesian in our society? Massey University Pro Vice-Chancellor and Distinguished Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Paul Spoonley, talks to Kathryn about his research.
11:45 Fijian apology versus media freedom
Media commentator Gavin Ellis talks to Kathryn about the Fiji Prime Minister's apology to three wrongfully-detained New Zealand journalists, claiming it rings hollow when it comes from the man responsible for the dire state of media freedom in Fiji. Also, an Australian academic lays into his country's media for their coverage of the Christchurch attacks.
Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org