Nine To Noon for Thursday 12 March 2020
09:05 Parched as: Drought declared in all of North Island, parts of South
The Government has officially classified drought conditions over all of the North Island, parts of the South and the Chathams as a large-scale adverse event. A $2 million package to support farmers will be available through to June 2021. Kathryn talks to Jim Galloway, president of Federated Farmers Hawke's Bay and Winton Dalley who heads up the Hurunui adverse events committee about what the drought designation means. She'll also talk to NIWA meterologist Ben Noll about whether a cyclone forming around Queensland might deliver any relief for New Zealand next week.
09:20 Should porn literacy be taught in schools?
Clinical psychologist Robyn Salisbury believes porn literacy be on the sex education curriculum. She has edited a book Free to be Children: Preventing child sexual abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is a blueprint for combating the country's appalling child abuse statistics, and contains chapters from experts in a range of fields offering advice on what can be done better. Alexandra Green is one of the contributors. She is the manager of psychological services at the Kia Marama special treatment unit based at Rolleston Prison.
09:45 UK unveils £30bn stimulus to combat effects of Coronavirus
UK correspondent Hugo Gye joins Kathryn to talk about how the UK is handling its Covid-19 response, stopping short of banning mass gatherings or advising people to work at home. He'll look at new Chancellor Rishi Sunak's first Budget and the £30bn stimulus package designed to combat any downturn from coronavirus. The first round of UK-EU talks ended last week in disagreement, what hope for next week's second round and 38 Conservatives voted against the Prime Minister's plans to allow Huawei access to Britain's 5G infrastructure.
Hugo Gye is Deputy Political Editor of The i Paper, based in the House of Commons press gallery.
10:05 Australian dietitian and YouTuber debunks kitchen hacks
Forget fake news, it's fake baking! So called 'kitchen hacks', cookery short-cuts that seem too good to be true, have millions of views, but do they actually work? Ann Reardon, an Australian dietitian and host of one of YouTube's biggest baking shows, "How To Cook That' has been investigating, and finds that the recipes don't work!
10:35 Book review - Weather by Jenny Offill
Kiran Dass of Time Out Bookstore reviews Weather by Jenny Offill, published by Granta.
10:45 The Reading
New writing by some of the graduate writers at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington.
The Air Fish by Caleb Harris told by Nick Blake.
11:05 Don't knock the IT dept, Techweek, working from home etiquette
Technology correspondent Sarah Putt looks at how the Treasury 'hack' highlights how important an IT department really is. She'll look at Techweek, and why it's focused on how connected New Zealanders really are and as Covid-19 forces more people to work from home, what should people be thinking of to keep themselves - and their company - digitally safe?
11:25 SMS SOS: Text message parenting advice
A new pilot programme running through the University of Auckland allows parents to access parenting advice via an SMS text message. 'MyTeen' is for parents of 10-15 year olds, and participants have reported feeling more competent as parents, less stressed and more connected with their adolescents. Researcher Dr Joanna Chu joins Kathryn to talk about how the pilot could be expanded, as is happy to answer listeners' questions about parenting younger teenagers. Email us at Nine to Noon, or text Nine to Noon: 2101.
11:45 High Maintenance, cooking show bonanza and Downhill
Film and TV reviewer Chris Schulz looks at High Maintenance, a comedy-drama about a New York drug dealer. He's also addicted to cooking shows and sums up a few he's been watching, including The Chef Show, Jamie Oliver's Meat-free Meals and Ugly Delicious. Chris also reviews Downhill, a movie with Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus that's billed as "a different kind of disaster movie".