Nine To Noon for Wednesday 3 June 2020
09:05 KiwiSaver annual statements to include projections
KiwiSaver annual statements will be arriving in the mail for members - but they'll contain a little more information this year. For the first time, KiwiSaver members will be able to see a projection of how much they might have in their account by the time they reach 65 - and what that means as a weekly amount in retirement. Liam Mason, Director of Regulation for the Financial Markets Authority, joins Kathryn to talk about why the extra information will be important for members.
09:25 Will Covid change the way we move around?
Will the Covid 19 pandemic change the way we move around? Transport scientist Dr Simon Kingham is the Ministry of Transport Chief Science Advisor, University of Canterbury professor of geography, and passionate cyclist. His job is to ensure that advice to Ministers is evidence based. Dr Kingham hasn't personlly owned a car since mid 1990s, instead riding his bike everywhere he can. He says during covid lockdown many people took to walking and cycling for the first time, and a range of initiatives are underway to try to make those temporary behaviors permanent - such as widened footpaths and temporary cycle lanes.
09:35 NZ Rugby tackles some big challenges
From ripper grade to the All Blacks, what lies ahead for the game of rugby? New Zealand Rugby is in financial crisis, with revenue down dramatically, half its workforce facing job cuts, and players pay set to be cut. Super rugby begins next week in limited form in front of empty stadiums. But the shape of other domestic compeitions remains uncertain and when and where the All Blacks might play is unknown. Kathryn talks with the CEO of New Zealand Rugby, Mark Robinson.
09:45 Covid home reno cash, Aussie film crew hurt in US, SAS hero's charges
Australia correspondent Annika Smethurst joins Kathryn to talk about a proposed cash grant for home renovations that's being welcomed by the building industry, demands for an investigation into the assault of an Australian film crew covering the US unrest and new war crimes levels at Australia's most decorated living soldier, Ben Roberts-Smith.
10:05 Yuot A. Alaak - Father of the Lost Boys
Yuot A. Alaak's Father of the Lost Boys is the personal account of his father leading him and thousands of boy soldiers like him out of danger during Africa's longest running civil war. Set during the Second Sudanese Civil War, it follows the Lost Boys of Sudan as they fled, traveling thousands of kilometres to escape a genocidal war through rain forests, savannah and desert to reach safety in a refugee camp in Northern Kenya. Estimates are over twenty thousand South Sudanese children became soldiers. In one province almost a quarter of primary aged children were recruited, boys and some girls. The youngest were nine years old. Many of them were orphans or unaccompanied minors sent away to supposed safety, told "the Kalashnikov is your new mother and father". Yuot A. Alaak tells Kathryn Ryan his incredible story.
10:35 Book review - Justice & Race by Oliver Sutherland
Leilani Tamu reviews Justice & Race by Oliver Sutherland, published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa.
10:45 The Reading
Part two of Cotton-Eyed Joe by Susy Pointon, read by Michele Amas.
11:05 New music out of Australia
Music commentator Kirsten Johnstone joins Kathryn for a look at some new music from across the Ditch, including Gordi, Miiesha and Flume.
11:20 Karen O'Leary's band releases album for children
Wellington Paranormal's Karen O'Leary plays favourites from 'Better than Normal' her debut album of childrens' songs from her band Fun & Funner.
Featuring songs such as 'A Loveliness of Ladybirds' she says it's all about making sure that learning can be fun. After presenting 'Karen's House' on the home learning TV offering 'Papa Kāinga' during lockdown, the early childhood teacher still has a busy schedule in front of her with filming of series 3 of the comedy TV series Wellington Paranormal about to start in the next few weeks.
Hey guys. Here's my band, Fun ⅋ Funner, playing Helicopter.— Karen O'Leary (@OfficerOLearyNZ) May 10, 2020
Better Than Normal album out soon!#funandfunner #betterthannormal #karenshouse #childrensmusicforadultsandtheirchildren #wellingtonparanormal pic.twitter.com/HPVNznKpje
11:45 NZ blackcurrants berry good for sports performance
The health benefits of blackcurrants have been studied for years - now New Zealand scientists have found they can improve sports performance. Plant and Food Research has spent ten years looking into Adaptive New Zealand blackcurrants, which have high concentrations of anthocyanins. Dr Roger Hurst from Plant and Food Research joins Kathryn to detail what he's found.