Nine To Noon for Tuesday 4 February 2020
09:05 Efforts to rescue trapped trampers ramp up
It's hoped a break in the weather will allow rescuers to evacuate 31 trampers stuck in a hut on the Routeburn Track this morning. The landslide hit the Howden Hit just after 1am, causing extensive damage to one side. As many as 100 others from various huts in the area will also need to be evacuated. It comes as heavy rain in Fiordland has caused major problems in the area closing State Highway 94 with 190 tourists stuck in Milford Sound. Local Mayor Gary Tong is at the Emergency Management Centre in Southland.
09:15 Auckland doctor told to 'go home to China'
An Auckland doctor is concerned social media is helping to fuel misinformation and racism over the outbreak of coronavirus. Dr Linda Lum sneezed on a bus and was told by a man to "go back home to China" - even though she was born here.
09:30 Mike Moore. PM, trade minister & diplomat
A reflection on the legacy of former Labour Prime Minister, trade representative and diplomat, Mike Moore, who died at the weekend aged 71. Peter Parussini is a former journalist and speechwriter for Mike Moore, now RNZ board member, has written an about to be published book on Mike Moore, called 'Believe', which focuses on a dozen key moments in his life.
09:45 USA correspondent Ron Elving
A preview of President Trump's annual report to Congress and more impeachment process.
Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News.
10:05 A Very Stable Genius - inside Donald Trump's presidency
The Washington Post's White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker talks to Kathryn about A Very Stable Genius - the book he and National Investigative Reporter Carol Leonnig have just published about Donald Trump's first two and a half years as President. The authors are both Pulitzer Prize winning political journalists based at the White House.
10:35 Book review - Best of 2019
10:45 The Reading
On An Island With Consequences Dire by Kelly Ana Morey adapted by Owen Scott read by Michelle Amas, part 7. (Broadcast only, no online reproduction)
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram - coronavirus impacting economies
Rod and Kathryn discuss the impact the coronavirus is having on global economies and the New Zealand economy. Also the first few days of the UK post-Brexit.
11:30 Dancer, teacher and businesswoman Libby George
Libby George was 16 when she created an after school job for herself, teaching a kids hip hop class in a rented space. Nearly two decades later, Pump Dance Studio has grown to one of Wellington's largest with 400 dancers and 19 staff in purpose built studios. Along the way Libby and friends formed an adult hip hop crew, competing internationally and winning a world title in 2013. They're reforming for four shows this coming Sunday and Monday.
11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden
Andrew talks to Kathryn about the long lead in time to the general election, with Jacinda Ardern calling for no misinformation. Also major job and programme cuts at the BBC.
Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne.
Music played in this show
Artist: Sampa the Great
Time played: 10:32
Artist: Lake South
Track: Mount Victoria/Tangi te keo
Time played: 10:43
Artist: George Ezra
Track: Did you hear the rain?
Time played: 11:40