Nine To Noon for Friday 1 May 2020
09:05 Pharma Covid-19 plea to government 'let us help'
Medicines New Zealand says a health ministry statement on Nine to Noon was the first it heard about the government's plans to bring together 'the key players in a coordinated approach' on a national vaccine strategy. The industry group, which represents pharmaceutical companies operating in New Zealand, says it would welcome the opportunity to collaborate and offer industry know-how.
Graeme Jarvis, CEO of Medicines New Zealand says the pharmaceutical world also has a key role to play as we wait for a vaccine.
09:25 Wage subsidy scrutiny: Are some businesses rorting the system?
The wage subsidy scheme has reached its half way point, and nearly 1.6 million New Zealanders are being supported at a cost of $10 billion. The broad-stroke scheme supports businesses experiencing a 30 per cent decline in actual or predicted revenue for the first six months of this year to pay employees they might otherwise have to let go. Family trusts, private schools, churches, retirement villages and law firms have all successfully applied. But has the scheme been set up so broadly, that companies who aren't in a bad financial spot to benefit? Kathryn talks to Dr Michael Gousmett, a researcher and public historian who specialises in the non-profit sector and Kirk Hope, CEO of BusinessNZ.
09:25 Wage subsidy alternative 'student loan style'?
Could student loan style lending for households, as well as businesses, help our ailing economy and work better than wage subsidies? Richard Meade is Principal Economist at Cognitus Economic Insight, and Senior Research Fellow at AUT University. He says his plan recognises that neither businesses nor households can weather the COVID19 economic storm unless the other does too.
09:35 Measuring household chaos, scientifically !
With everyone at home, does your house feel like a zoo ? It's time to measure household chaos, which there's actually a scale for. It's called 'CHAOS which stands for the Confusion, Hubbub and Order scale. So what does science say about household chaos and why, especially for children does it matter? Dr Samantha Marsh is from the School of Population Health, with The University of Auckland.
09:45 Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie
There have been 15 pro-democracy figures arrested in Hong Kong during a police raid sparking more protests. And speculation mounts about the health of North Korea's Kim Jong-un who has been noticeably absent from public life recently.
Elizabeth Beattie is a journalist at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong.
10:05 Putting Kiwi crime fiction on the map - Craig Sisterson.
Prize-winning Australian crime writer Michael Robotham has applauded Craig Sisterson for his "passion for stories that thrill, frighten, puzzle and surprise us". Craig is a Kiwi feature writer, critic, festival coordinator, awards judge, and founder of the Ngaio Marsh Awards which celebrate crime, mystery, and thriller writing. He has just put out his first book Southern Cross Crime - a pocket essential guide to the crime fiction, film, and TV of Australia and New Zealand. Craig talks to Kathryn about putting Antipodean crime stories on the map.
10:35 Book review - Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Too
Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Too. This book is published by Scribner, UK.
First published in 2016, this slender novel had a profound impact in South Korea. Now this 2020 English translation lays bare the casual misogyny so prevalent in the life of an ordinary woman, who, if she were born a boy, would live very differently.
10:45 The Reading
The Bright Side of My Condition, episode 8. Written by Charlotte Randall, read by Brian Sergent.
11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor
The extraordinary new Fiona Apple album, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien's first solo album as EOB, and the Magnetic Fields in miniature.
11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman
Sam talks to Kathryn about the biggest soap opera in sport - the happenings in the NRL. Also the battle for who will lead World Rugby, the old guard or the new? And the advent of Extreme E motor racing with electric cars, and a resurgence in surfing.
11:45 The week that was
Our comedians Te Radar and Justine Smith what a science lab at an Indiana high school revealed, which solved a 65 year old mystery.