Nine To Noon for Thursday 28 May 2020
09:05 City business plea to public sector: get back to the office
Calls are being made for public sector workers to return to the workplace, in a bid to boost Wellington's economy. Commuter numbers and spending in the capital is down by a third. CEO of Wellington's Chamber of Commerce John Milford tells Lynn Freeman the pandemic has been a hand break to the capital's economy and more commercial activity is needed. But the union representing workers in the public sector, the PSA, says workers shouldn't be under pressure to return to the office and safety should come first. PSA National Secretary Glen Barclay and Chief Executive of Retail NZ Greg Harford also join.
09:30 Is enough being done to protect our fresh water taonga?
They're the clearest springs in the country, but could protections for them be undermined by a proposed freshwater plan change? Lynn Freeman examines what the Tasman District has in mind, and what it could mean for Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay, with Save Our Springs co-ordinator Kevin Moran and Tasman District Mayor Tim King.
09:45 Boris continues to back his man, despite pressure from MPs
UK correspondent Harriet Line joins Lynn Freeman to talk about the increasing pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to sack his adviser Dominic Cummings over his lockdown trip out of London while his wife had Covid-19 symptoms. The PM says it's time to move on - but will his Tory colleagues let it go?
10:05 Telling the truth about booze and life: Clare Pooley
Clare Pooley was a highly successful advertising executive when she stopped work to be an at-home mum to her three children. She'd always liked a wine or three, but her drinking began to spiral out of control. Nearly five years ago she quit alcohol and started a blog called Mummy was a Secret Drinker, which has had over two million hits and spawned a book The Sober Diaries. Since then, she's survived a breast cancer diagnosis, and turned her hand to fiction with her first novel, The Authenticity Project. It's a sweet story which begins with a lonely widower deciding to tell the truth about his life in a notebook which he leaves in a cafe for others to read and add to.
10:35 Book review - Hunting Game by Helene Tursten
Gail Pittaway reviews Hunting Game by Helene Tursten, published by Text.
A classic Scandinavian police procedural novel, featuring Swedish detective Embla Nystrom - along with moose-hunting, mystery and murder.
10:45 The Reading
Part one of Fellow Citizens, a short story by Owen Marshall, read by Stuart Devenie.
11:05 Trump vs Twitter, students recycle laptops and how to tell if you're a Tweetbot
Technology correspondent Bill Bennett joins Lynn to talk about how Twitter's moves to make the site more accountable and trustworthy has pitted it against Donald Trump, the students of Aotea College who are recycling laptops for students who don't have them to use and what do you do when Twitter decides you must be a bot (Bill found out the hard way).
11:25 Parenting - equipping young adults to deal with disruption
The past two months have seen teenagers being isolated from their normal school life, friends and socialising. It's also meant university students have had their academic years disrupted, while other young people may have been laid off, or had to take a pay cut. Yvonne Godfrey is a family coach and the Founder and Director of MIOMO which focuses on transitioning teens to adults. She's the author of several books, including Making It On My Own - Smart Ways to Smash it in the Real World and Parenting Yadults - How To Set Up Your Young Adult For Independence And Success In Life.
11:45 The Assistant, Little Fires Everywhere, One Lane Bridge finale
Film and TV reviewer Sarah McMullan joins Lynn to talk about the film The Assistant, starring Julia Garner that shines an uncomfortable spotlight on life inside a production company. She'll also talk about Amazon Prime Video's new production by - and starring - Reese Witherspoon, Little Fires Everywhere. And why were so many people unhappy with the finale of TVNZ production One Lane Bridge?
Music played in this show
Artist: Moon Duo
Time played: 9:45
Artist: Chris Hyson
Time played: 11:45