Nine To Noon for Friday 20 September 2019
09:05 Hydro schemes exempted Government's fresh water
Why are six hydro schemes exempt from the proposed plan to clean up our rivers and lakes - the only exemptions, other than `naturally occurring processes?' The plan would introduce national `bottom lines', across 23 water quality measures, to be achieved through regional council action plans. But hydro schemes like the Manapouri Power Scheme are explicitly exempt. Kathryn discusses the government's plans to clean up fresh water with Environment Minister, David Parker.
09:20 Operation Burnham inquiry suspended over "new" evidence
RNZ's Defence reporter Jonathan Mitchell looks back on a dramatic week at the Operation Burnham inquiry - into claims civilians died in a New Zealand-led raid in Afghanistan in 2010, and that our military covered up what happened. The inquiry has been put on hold as a result of new evidence presented, including a report which had been locked up in a Defence Force safe, undiscovered for three years.
09:45 Asia correspondent Ed White
The battle between China and Taiwan has made its way into New Zealand's back yard with the Solomon Islands at the centre of the latest dispute. Also Ed has an update on the situation in Kashmir following the revocation of the state's special polititical rights.
Ed White is a correspondent for the Financial Times, based in Seoul.
10:05 Robyn Hunt: A life of literacy advocacy
Writer, journalist, avid reader and disability advocate Robyn Hunt (ONZM) is this year's recipient of the New Zealand Arts Access Accolade. It's a recognition of the support she's given to Arts Access Aotearoa and her long-standing commitment to human rights. Robyn grew up in rural Canterbury with low vision, but this hasn't prevented a high flying career including reporting for The Press, co-chairing the group that developed the first Disability Strategy and becoming a Human Rights Commissioner.
10:35 Book review - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, which is published by Bloomsbury.
Set in an otherworldly house, a family and their two children are bound together by the secrets and untruths of their past. A sly nod to the American dream, with forgiveness at its heart, Patchett’s back with her best yet.
10:45 The Reading
Wrecked on a Reef by Francois Raynal read by Bruce Phillips (Part 5 of 10) no webrights.
11:05 Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor from SlowBoat Records talks to Kathryn about a sixth album from Lana Del Rey. Also, Dublin's The Murder Capital are full of brooding intent, and possibly the greatest song ever written?
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Brendan looks ahead to the All Black's first match, facing the Springboks tomorrow night. Also the surge in popularity of women's golf with massive crowds at the Gleneagles course in the UK to watch the American team take on the best of Europe.
11:45 The week that was with James Elliot & Elisabeth Easther
Our comedians take a look at the potential impact of energy efficient light bulbs on the US President's complexion.