Nine To Noon for Thursday 20 February 2020
09:05 McHealth & childhood obesity: whose interests are really being served?
New research into childhood obesity and the contradiction of fast-food giants and pokie trusts getting involved with health education is throwing a spotlight on the impact of marketing health to children. Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education and Social Work, Dr Darren Powell's investigation focusses on how the food and drink industry and some charities are re-inventing themselves as part of the "solution" to the obesity epidemic. He says corporates are infiltrating even the content of health studies material in schools, including product placement, and says growing outsourcing of school physical education is part of the trend. Dr Powell's interest in childrens' experiences of health and physical education spring from his time as a primary and intermediate school teacher in the UK, where he researched children's understanding of 'health', 'fitness' and 'fatness'.
McDonald's has historically had programmes in NZ schools, but have since taken the position that as part of a broader responsible marketing policy they "should no longer be in primary schools in any form".
09:20 Major gaps in water management highlighted in new report
As Wellington grapples with spiralling wastewater pipe failures, a new report has found major gaps in the whole country's water management systems. The report, by the office of the Auditor General, looks at how public organisations are managing water resources and delivering water-related services and finds no clear vision across local and central government , and no clarity about what the main issues even are. The report finds issues with clear strategy, coherant work programmes, robust systems, resourcing, planning and risk managment. Kathryn talks with report author Kirsten Aitken - local government sector manager for the Office of the Auditor General.
09:45 UK correspondent Matt Dathan
10:05 Educator Diane Mara - a passion for educating Pacifica
During her 40 plus years in education as a teacher, lecturer and consultant, Diane Mara says too many intervention programmes developed for Pacifica have failed,Dr Mara is concerned with too many fancy policy papers and consultation that isn't followed up with action.
10:35 Book review - Actress by Anne Enright
Kiran Dass of Time Out Bookstore reviews Actress by Anne Enright, which is published by Jonathan Cape.
10:45 The Reading
Tokikapu by Stacey Teague read by Taylor Rogers
This week's readings are part of Page Numbers, from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University Wellington and the University of Auckland.
11:05 The trouble with Clearview AI, how your website watches you
Tech commentator Mark Pesce looks at American tech company Clearview AI and how easy it's been for a reporter to replicate its facial recognition database - and the implication that has for everyone. He'll also look at how websites contain code that record your every move, including how you move your mouse. And the US Government has been found to be buying location data to track migrants.
11:25 Connecting with your teenage daughter
In his new book Miss Connection, Why Your Teenage Daughter Hates You, Expects the World and Needs to Talk father of six girls, Brisbane based psychologist Dr. Justin Coulson tells Kathryn Ryan parents need to give them time, and offer them compassion. Justin surveyed four-hundred girls for the book, finding their need for connection tops concerns about personal appearance or social media. Justin's research also reveals the lies told to parents about screen time, and boys.
11:45 The Outsider, Help is On The Way
Film and TV reviewer Tamar Munch takes a look at the new US drama The Outsider, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, and Help Is On The Way, a Kiwi documentary based on the 6.3 Christchurch earthquake and what happened to the 36 guest trapped on the top floors of the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Music played in this show
Artist: The Veils
Song: Turn From The Rain
Artist: Clap Clap Riot
Song: Back In Your Life
Artist: Josienne Clarke
Song: Slender Sad Sentimental
Artist: Allen Stone
Song: Give You Blue