Nine To Noon for Wednesday 22 May 2019
09:05 Generation deaf? Study into teen hearing has concerning results
A pilot programme launched by the National Foundation for the Deaf is hoping to understand the increase in hearing loss in New Zealand children. A study into students at Rutherford College in Auckland this year found 11.9 per cent had hearing loss that required a referral to a specialist. Kathryn talks to the Foundation's chief executive Natasha Gallardo about why so many children are affected and what could be done to help them. The NFDHH welcomes schools interested in being part of the five-year study to contact them on 0800 867 446 or 09 307 2922.
09:20 Consumer watchdog retires from duty
Dr Mark Berry will stand down as chairman of the country's consumer and competition watchdog after 10 years at the helm. He joins Kathryn to talk about how the Commerce Commission has been using its expanded powers to conduct market studies, some of the tougher determinations during his tenure and what areas he thinks still need tighter regulation.
09:30 Can a computer model accurately identify kids at risk of abuse?
Kathryn speaks with Stanford University Associate Professor of Medicine, Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, who has evaluated the effectiveness of a predictive risk assessment tool developed by a New Zealand researcher and implemented for two years in the United States. The Ministry of Social development originally commissioned Professor Rhema Vaithianathan, Co-Director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics at AUT to develop the model. It uses data about children and their families to identify those at risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse before the age of two. MSD stopped short of implementing the tool, but Allegheny County in Pittsburg, Pensylvania began using it in 2016, and commissioned Stanford University researchers to evaluate it.
09:45 Election fallout: tax cuts, Labor leadership and the Adani mine
Australia correspondent Donna Field joins Kathryn to look at the fallout from the election; what's happening with planned tax cuts, who's in the running to take over the Labor leadership from Bill Shorten and with a coalition win, the Adani coal project is firmly back on the agenda.
10:05 Stephanie Johnson: our complex relationship with Australia
Award winning writer Stephanie Johnson talks with Kathryn Ryan about her new non-fiction book, West Island, a portrait of five twentieth-century New Zealanders who found fame and notoriety in Australia but were largely forgotten in their country of origin. Stephanie Johnson has strong ties with Australia, she spent much of her 20s there, and her husband is Australian. In West Island she draws on her experience of life on both sides of the ditch and reflects on the differences that set the two countries apart.
10:35 Book review - The Unreliable People by Rosetta Allan
Louise O'Brien from quarterly review periodical New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa reviews The Unreliable People by Rosetta Allan, which is published by Penguin Books New Zealand.
10:45 The Reading
Lisa's Story (from All this by Chance) by Vincent O'Sullivan read by Peter Hambleton. (#8 of 10)
11:05 The music of 1994
It's 25 years since some of the most seminal albums of modern times were released. Music commentator Yadana Saw looks back at the memorable, the local...and the forgettable.
11:30 NZIFF: a close-up on Marten Rabarts
In October, Marten Rabarts takes over from Bill Gosden as Director of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Marten, who was born in the Coromandel and is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi descent, has worked in many aspects of film and film making, including in the Indian and Dutch film industries - where he's seeing out his remaining months as head of EYE International, which enhances the profile of films made in the Netherlands to the rest of the world. He's also been creating international opportunities for homegrown Kiwi talent. Marten joins Kathryn Ryan from the Cannes Film Festival.
11:45 Octopus farm, bacteria-busting viruses and old bedbugs
Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles looks at why researchers believe we shouldn't farm octopuses, how a 15-year-old cystic fibrosis patient had her chronic infection treated using genetically-engineered bacteria-busting viruses and bedbugs are 50 million years older than previously thought.
Associate Professor Dr Siouxsie Wiles is the head of Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.
Music played in this show
Artist: Mel Parsons
Track: Just cause you don't want me
Time played: 10.44
Time played: 11.09
Time played: 11.15
Artist: Mutton Birds
Track: The Heater
Time played: 11.20
Track: Sour Times
Time played: 11.25