Nine To Noon for Wednesday 24 April 2019
09:05 More doubt cast on NZ link to Sri Lanka attacks
The president of Sri Lanka, has said he will make sweeping changes to the military and the security services following the coordinated bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. Meanwhile Sri Lanka's deputy Defence Minister has claimed that investigators have been looking into a possible connection to the Christchurch mosque attacks. However, here in New Zealand doubt has already been cast over those claims both from the government and security analysts. Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu the founder Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives based in Colombo agrees that a New Zealand connection is highly unlikely.
09:15 PM announces combined effort to tackle violence on social media
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced New Zealand and France are seeking to bring together other countries and the heads of social media giants to try to bring an end to the use of social media to organise and promote terrorism. Technology correspondent Bill Bennett looks at what the effort involves and whether it's likely to succeed.
09:20 The future of donation? 3D printed heart
In a world first a 3-D printer has been used to create an entire heart made with actual human biological material. While the current state of the primitive organ can be compared to the heart of an embryo, it's hoped one day it will be possible to replicate a fully functioning life size human heart. The next step for the researchers is to culture the printed hearts in a lab and "teach them" to behave like hearts. Lynn Freeman discusses with Professor Tal Dvir from the Department of Biotechnology at Tel Aviv University, who led the research.
09:30 Managing urbanisation in the Galapagos Islands
Once a remote archipelago known primarily for their unique species the Galapagos Islands have become a magnet for an increasing number of tourists - and the 30,000 residents who support the booming industry. But how should higher resident numbers be managed? Lynn asks Professor Justyna Karakiewicz, a Professor of Urban Design and Architecture at the University of Melbourne.
09:45 Easter election campaign truce and another dingo attack
Australia correspondent Karen Middleton reports on the Easter truce by political leaders, the effect the campaign is having on the polls and the entry of former MP and mining magnate Clive Palmer.
10:05 How a Kiwi resistance fighter inspired NZ's women's rugby team
New Zealand-born Nancy Wake was the allies' most decorated secret agent during World War 2 and her story was used as inspiration for the Black Ferns ahead of their successful World Cup Campaign in 2017. This has been captured by filmmaker David Blyth in his new documentary Nancy Wake Remembered that will screen on Maori TV at 9.30am on Anzac Day. He joins us, along with Black Ferns team member Charmaine McMenamin.
10:35 Book review - One Single Thing by Tina Clough
Louise O'Brien from quarterly review periodical New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa reviews One Single Thing by Tina Clough. This book is published by Lightpool Publishing.
10:45 The Reading
The Trouble with Fire by Fiona Kidman read by Ray Henwood and Julia Croft. Part 2 of 2.
11:05 From first musical crushes to enduring, timeless music
Music commentator Yadana Saw gets nostalgic, taking a look at Prime TV documentary series 'Anthems' before exploring the music of doom pop sensation Billie Eilish, who plays Spark arena tomorrow night.
11:20 Getting back in the saddle: Maija Vance
Twenty-three year old Cambridge jockey Maija Vance was heading for the last but one jump at Rotorua when her horse, Zedsational took off too early. It was a few seconds that changed her life forever. Her resulting injuries put bay to her competition hopes, but her love of riding and for her horse Panda is such that, as she tells Lynn Freeman, she was determined to get back in the saddle.
11:45 Varroa mites and bee colony loss, and what health apps tell Facebook and Google
Science correspondent Dr Siouxsie Wiles tells Lynn about the relationship between Damaged Wing Virus, varroa mites and the collapse of bee colonies. She'll also examine a study which found apps to help people quit smoking or help with depression are sending users' data to Facebook and Google without their knowledge.
Associate Professor Dr Siouxsie Wiles is the head of Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.