Nine To Noon for Friday 8 May 2020
09:05 Level two, a path to recovery?
Domestic travel could begin as soon as mid-May. What will it mean for our crippled tourism industry, and regions facing soaring unemployment? And what will air travel look like once it resumes?
Kathryn Ryan discusses with Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult, Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts, Chair NZ Aviation Coalition and Executive Director of BARNZ Justin Tighe-Umbers from the Board of Airline Representatives and Auckland Airport's Adrian Littlewood.
09:30 Retailers: "Give us more detail on how to operate"
Retailers are looking forward to getting shops open again - potentially next Thursday. Under the guidelines announced by the Prime Minister yesterday, larger retail stores and shopping malls will be required to "follow the lead of supermarkets" and restrict the number of people allowed in at any one time. Dallas Pendergrast, who co-owns Glenfield Mall in Auckland, says there has not been nearly enough information on what's expected. Kathryn also talks with Leeann Watson from the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Canny from the Southland Regional Development Agency - Great South.
09:30 Sweet serenades: bringing music to the streets
Husband and wife singing duo Wade Kernot and Emma Pearson have begun a small, safe-distancing opera company to give street serenades. After consulting with the Police and obtaining official permission they are launching in time for Mother's Day this Sunday. The couple live in Wellington and are offering to come and serenade you outside your home. Emma and Wade would usually be heard performing in concert halls or on grand operatic stages, but while performing venues are closed they decided to take the music to the people.
09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta
RNZ Pacific's News Editor Koro Vaka'uta discusses proposed controversial constitutional amendments in Samoa, and the Solomons' government threatens to suspend an outspoken and popular provincial premier over his dissenting voice.
10:05 Lauren Chater: Gulliver's Wife
Best-selling historical novelist Lauren Chater speaks with Kathryn Ryan about re-imagining Gulliver's long-suffering wife, Mary, who made her own luck while he was in Lilliput. In what could be described as a sequel to Swift's classic Gulliver's Travels, Lauren brings to life the experiences of 18th century women whose husbands were prone to taking off on years' long fantastic journeys overseas. In Lauren's version Gulliver is presumed dead but returns full of tales of being tied down by little people. Worse, his reappearance threatens Mary's newly-found independence.
10:35 Book review - One Minute Crying Time by Barbara Ewing
Ralph McAllister reviews One Minute Crying Time by Barbara Ewing, published by Massey University Press.
10:45 The Reading
Hell Hound written by Susy Pointon and read by Helen Jones.
11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies
British music writer Jon Savage is in love with the 7” inch vinyl 45, and who could blame him? He’s compiled a double vinyl album, The High Sixties on 45, in which each of the four sides is devoted to the most extraordinary singles released in 1965, 66, 67 and 68. We’ll hear three key tracks from that today by The Chiffons, The Wheel-A-Ways and Norma Tanega, alongside a classic from Kraftwerk, whose co-founder Florian Schneider died this week.
11:30 Sports commentator Dana Johannsen
Dana and Kathryn talk about the impact of Covid-19 on sport at community and regional level. The impact on national organisations has been well traversed, but what about the consequences for grassroots sport.
Dana Johanssen is Stuff National Correspondent specialising in sport.
11:45 The week that was
Our comedians Te Radar and Michele A'Court