Nine To Noon for Tuesday 5 November 2019
09:05 Dunedin Council moves to return Foulden Maar to public ownership
Dunedin City Council has served a notice of its intention to buy the 23 million-year-old fossil rich crater lake near Middlemarch, and it may use the Public Works Act to force through a deal. Mayor Aaron Hawkins says the council has served "notices of desire'' to Plaman Resources Ltd, the site's owner, in a first step which could end in a compulsory purchase by the council. It comes as liquidators for Plaman Resources Ltd prepare to sell the land, which has a mining permit.
09:25 The anti-trust case against Facebook
Dina Srinivasan has been a leading light in building the anti-competition case against Facebook, with her research having been cited by Congress among others. Earlier this year she published a journal article explaining the link between Facebook's tightened grip on the ad marketplace and surveillance capitalism. Late last month she attended a closed-door meeting between attorneys general from 47 states and federal officials to explore the possible legal avenues to build an anti-trust case against Facebook.
Dina was previously an executive with WPP, the world's largest advertising holding company, which acquired the advertising technology of a company she founded and ran.
09:30 Up the wall: New research into sound-proofing
Noisy neighbours and their sounds are a familiar, but frustrating, element of modern living and more likely to increase as we all live more closely together. Now a small team of engineers at the University of Auckland have been given nearly a million dollars by the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment to develop a sound-proof wall using meta materials that they hope will reduce the capacity of a wall to vibrate in response to sound. Researchers Dr Andrew Hall and Dr George Dodd join Kathryn to explain how it could work, and why New Zealand's building code is shoddy when it comes to sound.
09:45 Public hearings into Trump impeachment move closer
US correspondent Susan Milligan joins Kathryn to explain the process of the House impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, why Elizabeth Warren's plans for a single-payer health care plan is problematic for moderate Democrats and how Trump's attempts at doing normal presidential things appear to be backfiring.
10:05 New Zealand business: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
What helps drive good decision-making in successful New Zealand businesses, and what happens when companies get it wrong? Dr Ralph Bathurst has written a book detailing the stories of Kiwi companies and organisations and the strategies that led to their success or failure. He joins Kathryn to talk about why he's found the leadership in New Zealand is wanting.
10:35 Book review - Bruny by Heather Rose
Carole Beu of the Women's Bookshop reviews Bruny by Heather Rose, which is published by Allen & Unwin.
10:45 The Reading
Mercenary Territory by Susan Pointon told by William Kircher and Sarah Boddy. Episode 2 of 5.
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram
Rod discusses with Kathryn the upgraded trade agreement with China and the outlook for international trade in general. Also, Rio Tinto's push for electricity price cuts or other financial help at the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.
11:30 Exotic garden plants a 'ticking time bomb'
Lincoln University's professor Philip Hulme has been awarded the Hutton Medal for his work on how non-native plants, including garden ornamentals, become invasive weeds in New Zealand. He says more needs to be done to keep track of introduced species before they spread, stifling native species.
11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis
A look at Jane Wrightson's move to Retirement Commissioner which Gavin says is a loss for the media industry. Also, a timely campaign by Stuff highlights the public benefits of journalism, and why he believes the Ministry of Justice team investigating misinformation during the election campaign is walking a tightrope as narrow as piano wire.
Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on email@example.com
Music played in this show
Artist: Johnny Hostile and Jehnny Beth
Song: Let it Out