Nine To Noon for Friday 15 May 2020
09:05 Budget 2020 : Grant Robertson
Finance Minister Grant Robertson joins Kathryn to discuss his third budget and the pathway towards economic recovery.
09:35 Budget 2020. Boost to nature jobs but is transformative?
More than 1 billion dollars of Budget 2020 has been flagged for 11,000 nature based jobs, but already there are questions about whether the investment is transformative enough. Many environmentalists say it's a missed opportunity when it comes to decarbonisation and low emission housing, with very little detail on specific climate investment. Russel Norman the executive director of Greenpeace NZ and a former co-leader of the NZ Green Party and The Environmental Defence Society's chief executive Gary Taylor discuss with Kathryn Ryan.
09:45 Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie
South Korea has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, traced to the Itaewon district which has popular nightclubs, that are locally referred to as gay clubs. This has triggered a hostile homophobic reaction by some and also a wider conversation about LGBT+ rights in South Korea. And Hong Kong's contentious National Anthem bill is back on the table, with small protests starting again.
Elizabeth Beattie is a journalist at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong.
10:05 Could dogs detect coronavirus?
Kathryn talks with Professor James Logan, from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine about the potential for dogs to be trained to detect Covid 19. His team is working in partnership with the UK charity Medical Detection Dogs, which trains dogs in sensing diseases - including certain types of cancer, malaria and even predicting epilepsy.
10:35 Book review - Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader by Vivian Gornick
Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader by Vivian Gornick. This book is published by Black Inc.
10:45 The Reading
CK Stead's My Name Was Judas read by Stuart Devenie. Part 5 of 13
11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor
Emerging from lockdown, we have a sumptuous second album from Reb Fountain, a singular debut from Canadian Orville Peck, and a tribute to the late, great Little Richard.
11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman
Sam looks at what's in the budget for sport. The big names coming back to Super Rugby Aotearoa after chasing large overseas paydays, and speculation mounts that Mike Tyson is about to return to the boxing ring.
11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther
Our comedians Te Radar and Elisabeth some humour to round off the week - the grazing goats causing havoc in a California neighbourhood and the robot 'dog' Singapore using to enforce social distancing.