Nine To Noon for Friday 26 April 2019
09:05 Duke of Cambridge meets mosque attack survivors
The Duke of Cambridge will meet with survivors of the mosque attacks and members of the public during his second day in Christchurch today. Prince William is visiting the city to pay respects to the survivors of the massacre and those first on the scene on March the 15th. He'll also lay a wreath at the Canterbury earthquake memorial.
09:15 Trucking industry focuses on road crash investigations
The trucking industry is calling for police to be better resourced to investigate truck crashes as the Ministry of Transport works on its new strategy to bring down the road toll. The review includes laws around vehicles as workplaces. Lynn Freeman talks to The Road Transport Forum's Nick Leggett and First Union's Jared Abbott.
09:20 Massive hike in Marlborough cemetery fees mooted
The Marlborough District Council is reviewing cemetery fees and in some areas the cost of a burial plot could rise 900 per cent. The council says ratepayers currently fund 70 per cent of the cost of plots, interments and ongoing maintenance of the district's eight open cemeteries, with users paying 30 per cent. It wants to change this to a 50/50 system which will see a plot in the small rural town of Ward would go from $200 to $2100. In more built up areas the proposed cost of a plot would be two thousand one hundred, as opposed to the current one thousand. Lynn Freeman speaks with Marlborough Funeral Director David Buckley and Marlborough Provincial Rural Women New Zealand treasurer Melva Robb.
09:30 New Zealand director putting a twist on Robin Hood
Set in the dystopian future of 2270, Sherwood is a new animated series for YouTube Originals, inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, but featuring a 23rd-century female hacker as Robin. 120 people from around the world worked on the series, including many people in Auckland where the series was co-produced. Creative Director of ToyBox Bruce Carter is the series' director.
09:45 Suspected Samoa link to cryptocurrency scam
Pacific correspondent Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor looks at how Samoan businesses, churches and individuals have been implicated in a multi-billion dollar global cryptocurrency scam. Also the resignation of Papua New Guinea MP Davis Steven.
10:05 Alex Gilbert: Russian adoptee helping connect the dots
Aucklander Alex Gilbert is on a mission to help people around the world who are adopted share their stories and potentially find their birth families. Alex, who is 27, was born in Russia and adopted by his New Zealand parents when he was two. He and his brother - also adopted but from another part of Russia - grew up in Whangarei. Six years ago, using social media, he began to look for his birth parents - and found them very quickly. Since then he's visited his Russian family numerous times and begun learning the language. In 2015 he started
the organisation I'm Adopted which has helped hundreds of people around the world trace their birth families in Russia as well as being a forum for them to share their stories
10:35 Book review - Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty
Laura Caygill reviews Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty, which is published by Macmillan. A life-affirming and whimsical read, this is a touching book on grief, loss, memory and moving on.
10:45 The Reading
The Sound of Butterflies by Rachael King read by Elizabeth McRae (Part 1 of 11)
11:05 From Pavement to Rave-ment?
Music reviewer Grant Smithies looks at former Pavement front-man Stephen Malkmus' new solo album Groove, alongside songs from a newly optimistic Sharon Van Etten and veteran rudeboy Desmond Dekker.
11:30 Tiger Woods, Damian McKenzie's knee injury and paying top female players
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer on the improbable rebirth of Tiger Wood’s golf career with his win at the Masters this week, whether rugby fans should worry about Damian McKenzie's season ending knee injury and the concession from Australia’s top female athlete, Alyssa Healy, that top female players don’t deserve to be paid as much as their top male counterparts.
11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court
Aussie businesses could face hefty fines for messing with the traditional Anzac biscuit recipe; "A large white thing with horns" turns out to be the most Kiwi of road blockages.. a goat on the loose, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary adds a derogatory meaning for snowflake plus a whole lot of other new words including 'Swole,' 'bug-out bag,' 'go-cup,' and 'omnicide'.