Nine To Noon for Thursday 29 August 2019
09:05 Why isn't my professor Pasifika or Māori?
The numbers of Maori and Pasifika working at New Zealand universities remains stubbornly low, despite attempts by the eight institutions to increase diversity. According to new research Māori academics make up roughly 5 per cent of the workforce, while Pasifika academics make up 1.7 per cent. The research papers Why isn't my professor Māori? and Why isn't my professor Pasifika? conclude universities need to be held to account for their lack of diversity and need to make dramatic structural changes if they're to meet their own and national commitments to Māori and Pasifika communities. Researchers Dr Sereana Naepi and Dr Tara McAllister join Lynn to talk about why they want to spark a conversation about who's teaching at our universities.
09:20 Research: old old age in rural NZ
A new study reveals what our oldest of old people need to be able to live independently in small rural communities. In a first, research carried out by AUT shows what people aged over 85 (our fastest growing older adult group) most need to be able to confidently get to and from opportunities to socialise. Lynn Freeman speaks with research lead Professor of Well-being and Ageing at AUT Stephen Neville. The research is published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Wellbeing.
09:30 Th' Dudes to be inducted into Music Hall of Fame
A bit of Bliss this morning for Th' Dudes, with news band members will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame this year. The band was formed in 1976 out of friendships forged by Dave Dobbyn, Peter Urlich and Ian Morris while they were students at Auckland's Sacred Heart College. Joining them were Bruce Hambling and Peter Coleman, who was later replaced by Lez White. The band split in 1980, but still produced some iconic Kiwi tunes. Dave Dobbyn and Peter Urlich join Lynn to talk about what the honour means to them.
09:45 Queen suspends Parliament ahead of Brexit
UK correspondent Harriet Line reports on the controversial move by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend parliament until just before the Brexit deadline - what happens now? And a victim who alleges she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein into a sexual encounter with Prince Andrew has urged him to "come clean".
10:05 The PM is a Russian agent? Author Tom Bradby's new book
Journalist Tom Bradby is ITV's News at 10 anchor and the author of seven books. He's had various roles over his career, covering the troubles in Ireland and reporting from Asia. He was also ITV's royal correspondent, before becoming its political editor for a decade. His first book 'Shadow Dancer' was turned into a film starring Clive Owen and he's just released 'Secret Service', about an MI6 agent who learns the next UK Prime Minister could be a Russian agent. He talks to Lynn about how his journalism career has provided some inspiration for his novels.
10:35 Book review - Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
Kiran Dass of Time Out Bookstore reviews Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry, which is published by Canongate.
10:45 The Reading
The Cold City by Sarah Ell told by Hannah Banks.
11:05 Why more telcos are headed up by women
Technology commentator Bill Bennett looks at how tech companies are dominated by male managers, but telco companies are bucking that trend. He'll also look at Spark, Chorus and Sky's results, the GCSB giving the green light for Vodafone's 5G network and the Rural Connectivity Group adds services in 20 locations.
11:25 Parenting the child who's a "bit different"
Parenting commentator and educator Nathan Wallis with advice for parents worried that their kids are not making developmental milestones? When to be worried and seek help, and when to relax and let kids find their way.
11:45 Succession, A Perfect 10, The Gulf
Film and TV Reviewer Chris Schulz looks at the second season of Succession, about a family that heads up one of the biggest media companies in the world, the new Dan Carter movie A Perfect 10 and the New Zealand crime series set on Waiheke Island, The Gulf.