Nine To Noon for Friday 14 June 2019
09:05 Is the prepay power market working as it should?
More than 40,000 households around New Zealand are connected to prepay electricity meters provided by the three largest energy retailers. In its latest survey of electricity prices, Consumer NZ highlighted the issue of price for prepay customers and how some households on prepay meters can ended up paying hundreds of dollars more than those on a post-pay plan. Many prepay customers have been disconnected, and prepay is their only option. We discuss Consumer NZ's findings with its head of research Jessica Wilson and Mercury's GM Digital Services Kevin Angland.
09:25 National mesh register "too expensive": campaigners dismayed
Campaigners fighting against the use of surgical mesh say no one from the Government has spoken to them about an apparent back-track on its election promise to set up a mesh register. This week the director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield told parliament's health select committee that a register to track patients who have been harmed by mesh implants would be too expensive and take too much time. That's despite a cost benefit analysis report by Deloitte last year, finding that a full registry, estimated to cost $15 million over 10 years, would give a benefit to cost ratio of approximately 3 to one over the same time period. Charlotte Korte from Mesh Down Under says in addition to what looks like broken promises, they've been kept in the dark by the government and the health ministry.
09:20 Healing words: Mental health terms turned into Te Reo
Te Reo Hāpai, a glossary of 200 mental health terms translated into Māori, was the brainchild of Keri Opai. Created two years ago, it's being used in kaupapa Māori mental health, addiction and disability sectors. Among the terms included is 'takiwātanga' for autism - which translates as 'his or her own time and space'. Keri joins Kathryn to explain how the translations were made, and how Te Reo Hāpai could have wider application.
09:45 National surgical mesh registry off? Minister responds
Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter responds to frustration among surgical mesh campaigners at the apparent U-turn over the establishment of a National Register to track incidents. This week the Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told parliament's health select committee that a register to track patients who have been harmed by mesh implants would be too expensive and take too much time. Instead, District Health Boards have been directed to keep their own registers, which could be collated later.
09:45 Hong Kong protests; new intrigue N Korea ruling family
Ed White is a correspondent for the Financial Times, based in Seoul. He discusses the huge protests in Hong Kong this week over proposed extradition legislation, and new intrigue surrounding the North Korean ruling family and officials, with reports of informants and purges.
10:05 Oscar winning director of The Lives of Others
Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmark's Oscar winning film The Lives of Others stunned the world with a story of lies and uncomfortable truths. He has a new film in cinemas now called Never Look Away. It is based on the life and work of German painter Gerhard Richter through several key historic eras, looking at the way art is viewed under fascist and communist regimes, and how deeply important it can be for an individual.
10:35 Book review - Two new books by Toby Faber
Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews two new releases by Toby Faber today: Close to the Edge, and Faber & Faber: The Untold Story of a Great Publishing House. These books are published by Muswell Press / Faber.
Faber & Faber is an untold history of this well-known publisher of literary superstars - where humorous and surprising sources are used to tell the story. Crime novel Close to the Edge involves a sinister death on the London tube.
10:45 The Reading
The Ice Shelf written and adapted by Anne Kennedy told by Amy Tarleton (Part 5 of 10, RNZ)
11:05 Teacher unions support new govt offer to end industrial action
The Government has announced a new deal aimed at breaking the deadlock with teachers, that the unions will now recommend to their members. The new deal will increase all current teachers' salaries by 18.5% by 2021, one-off funding to achieve pay parity for primary and secondary teachers, and a new taskforce established to consider workload issues. Lynn speaks with RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson, NZEI President Lynda Stuart and PPTA President Lynda Stuart.
11:20 Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor's Dr John tribute
Jeremy Taylor offers up a quick sweep of recent US indie releases from Drugdealer, Weyes Blood and Better Oblivion Community Centre, and pays tribute to the late, great Dr John.
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
The Black Caps 4th match against India, Football Ferns suffer heart breaking loss, and is Beauden Barrett really on his way to the Blues?
11:45 The week that Was
Renovations uncover a teenage time-capsule in New Plymouth, and new rules in Rome crack down on people dressing as centurions and messy eating near monuments.
Music played in this show
Artist: The Formula
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Song: Signed, sealed, delivered