Nine To Noon for Thursday 30 May 2019
09:05 Budget 2019. Treasury admits no hack, police stand down
Treasury has admitted a weakness in its IT systems allowed someone to access Budget information, that was not intended to be public until today, and whoever accessed it does not appear to have broken the law. Treasury claimed on Tuesday, when National released some of the information, that its systems had been hacked. Treasury secretary Gabriel Maklouf now says the law does not appear to have been broken, and no further action will be taken by the police. The National party leader Simon Bridges has been speaking to the media this morning and is calling for the resignation of Gabriel Mahklouf, and the Finance Minister, Grant Robertston. Kathryn Ryan is joined by RNZ political reporter Yvetter McCullough.
09:15 Queenstown Mayor responds to visitor levy claims
Voting is drawing to a close in a postal referendum on a proposed visitors' levy for Queenstown. The 5 per cent levy aims to raise $22.5m a year for tourist-related infrastructure but has been the subject of a sustained campaign by 130 accommodation providers who say it's unfair to apply a tax to one subsector of the tourism economy and some businesses will be left unviable. Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult joins Kathryn to respond to those claims.
09:25 Seabird threat review details enormity of the problem
Researcher Edin Whitehead has put together the most comprehensive report to date on the multiple threats posed to New Zealand seabirds, calling it 'a depressing exercise'. She says despite a staggeringly high risk of extinction they still remain on the fringes of public consciousness. New Zealand has more seabird species than anywhere else in the world. The seabird threat review, focuses on the northern part of the country, grouping the major threats into six categories.
09:45 Hands up for the top Tory job, and Boris ends up in court
UK correspondent Matthew Parris looks at the 11 candidates who have declared themselves in the running to replace Theresa May - how many of them have agreed to "keep it clean"? And Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week.
10:05 How a musical education opens employment doors
Susan de Weger has described herself as a failed musician, however music remains at the centre of her world. She's an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne's Conservatorium of Music teaching music entrepreneurship, and she also runs a consulting practice, Notable Values.
As a French horn player, she says her own musical training equipped her with a multitude of skills which are transferable to other disciplines. Now she enjoys connecting young musicians with audiences, and helping them to build their careers.
10:35 Book review - Everything in its Place by Oliver Sacks
David Hill reviews Everything in its Place by Oliver Sacks, which is published by Macmillan.
10:45 The Reading
Part 4 of The Quince Café by Sue Francis read by Sarah Peirse. (Not available for online reproduction)
11:05 Treasury's hack that wasn't and what's your iPhone up to?
Technology commentator Peter Griffin looks at Treasury's website vulnerabilities and whether that means other website management systems across government and private companies could be similarly compromised. Plus, what is your iPhone up to while you're asleep? The concerns being raised about tracking apps.
11:25 Dads: Don't tell your sons to 'toughen up'
Aaron Hendry has worked as a youth worker for a number of years and says fathers need to be particularly careful about the messages they give their sons. He says the "get hard" or "toughen up" message is literally killing young Kiwi men, because it's preventing them from seeking help when they're at their most vulnerable.
11:45 Rocketman, Detective Pikachu and In The Dark
Film and TV reviewer Sarah McMullan looks at the biopic of Reginald Kenneth Dwight, aka Elton John, aka Rocketman, which opens in NZ cinemas today. How does Ryan Reynolds perform as a furry Detective Pikachu, season three of The Handmaid's Tale kicks off next week and there's one for fans of Broadchurch - Lightbox's new In the Dark.