Nine To Noon for Thursday 12 December 2019
09:05 ACC backtracks over paraplegic's rehabilitative gym membership
It's taken more than a year of challenging ACC for Auckland paraplegic, Sally Wenley to get the organisation to reinstate her gym membership and agree that she should be entitled to ongoing rehabilitation. Ms Wenley says her experience is representative of so many other people's dealings with ACC. She is the Vice President of Spinal Support, providing peer support for people living with a spinal cord injury. Also joining the conversation, anaethetist, Dr Rick Acland who specialises in pain management. He works for both the Auckland and Christchurch Spinal Rehabilitation Units.
09:30 Election campaign draws to close, NHS does deal with Amazon
UK correspondent Matthew Parris joins Kathryn to talk about the final hours of campaigning before the UK goes to the polls later tonight NZ time. He'll also look at a deal the NHS has cut with Amazon to allow the tech giant free access to healthcare information it collects.
09:45 New Zealand First outlines its stance on public broadcasting
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been giving a speech this morning in which he's outlined his position on public broadcasting. RNZ's political editor Jane Patterson joins Kathryn to examine what he's said and how it fits with the government's proposal to create a new public broadcasting entity.
10:05 Tom Scott - rap, hip hop and coming home
South Auckland rapper and hip hop artist Tom Scott won the coveted best album award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards last month for his album Avantdale Bowling Club and was also named hip hop artist of the year. The album is a fusion of jazz and hip hop which Tom Scott describes as a "self help book addressed to myself" - about the last few years of his life, becoming a father, coming to grips with adulthood as well as addressing issues like depression, inequality and drug abuse. He's performing a one-off show at the Auckland Festival in March.
10:35 Book review - The Cockroach by Ian McEwan
Jane Westaway reviews The Cockroach by Ian McEwan, published by Penguin Books.
10:45 The Reading
Chute Thru by Janice Marriott read by Michael Whalley - part 9 of 10.
11:05 Police can't say when body recovery on volcano will happen
Police are warning retrieving the bodies of those still on Whakaari White Island too quickly could compromise their ability to gather the necessary evidence to identify people. The Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement has told a media conference in Whakatane that the current high level of risk of further eruption, he can't give any timeline for when the recovery operation will happen or what form it will take. RNZ's reporter Sarah Robson was there.
11:15 We need to talk about Google
Technology commentator Mark Pesce joins Kathryn to talk about Google's labour woes after four workers fired from the tech giant last week plan a federal labour complaint against it. He'll also look at Amazon's home security company Ring which is accused of working too closely with police departments and the ability of the traffic app Waze to cut emergency response times to crashes.
11:25 Govt releases ports report
The government has officially released its working group report on Northport. The report - which was leaked to Nine to Noon last week - makes the case for the Auckland Port to move to Northland. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson has been reading the cabinet papers which have been released along with the Upper North Island Supply Chain Working Group report.
11:30 Alcohol and the teenage brain
Brain researcher, educator and parenting commentator Nathan Wallis talks to Kathryn about teenagers and drinking. He says the science is clear that alcohol damages the young brain, and he shares tips for parents guiding young people through these years.
11:45 The best TV had to offer in 2019
Film and television reviewer Chris Schulz joins Kathryn to talk about some of the year's biggest shows on the small screen, including Chernobyl, Succession, Fleabag, Watchmen and End of the F**king World.