Nine To Noon for Thursday 2 July 2020
09:05 Where's the housing for young people sleeping rough?
More than half the 41,000 homeless people in New Zealand are under the age of 25. The figure is from the 2013 census and is an estimate only. A count of rough sleepers in Auckland found 46 per cent of 1300 people in temporary accommodation are under 18. The lack of adequate youth housing infrastructure is of concern to Manaaki Rangatahi ke Tamaki Youth Homelessness Collective, which is a group of agencies working to tackle the issue. The Collective is petitioning the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, Jacinda Ardern, for resources to provide immediate accommodation, a national and regional strategy for dealing with homeless youth and funding for a research project that would provide - once and for all - an idea of the size and scope of the problem. Lynn Freeman talks to Aaron Hendry, who is the Youth Housing Team Leader for Lifewise, one of the agencies that makes up the Collective, and Corey, a young man Lifewise has helped who slept rough in central Auckland for two years.
09:20 Trade in Moa bones to be banned
The sale of Moa bones on on-line sites like Trade Me and elsewhere is set to be outlawed. Currently, any bones found on protected land or archaeological sites cannot be sold but there is no barrier to selling bones found on private land. Since 2010, more than 350 instances of moa bones and eggshells have been offered for sale, and in many cases they had been recently removed from protected sites. Under the new plan the Wildlife Act will be tightened to prohibit the sale of all moa bones and other remains of extinct species. Lynn Freeman talks to Dr Mike Dickison, previously Curator of Natural History at Whanganui Regional Museum, who was one of the group of curators who petitioned DOC to stop the sale of Moa bones.
The discussion document is open for public submissions until 28th September 2020.
09:30 Teenage inventor, future scientist
Thomas James' wheelie-bin moving robot has clinched him the Prime Minister's Future Scientist prize. An elderly neighbour's struggle to put out her rubbish for weekly collection inspired the 17 year old Burnside High School student to create a self-navigating mechanical device, the wheelie drive.
09:45 Leicester's local lockdown and Boris the builder
UK correspondent Hugo Gye joins Lynn to talk about how, as most of England prepares to emerge from lockdown, the city of Leicester finds itself under renewed strict measures to combat a covid outbreak. Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists it's time to look to the future and is promising to spend billions on infrastructure and this week will see an announcement on 'air bridges' with select European countries - that is, those that will accept tourists from the UK. And Hong Kong citizens get the offer of a pathway to citizenship to the UK.
10:05 Mia Walsch - a memoir of sex work, drugs, mental illness and friendship
Mia Walsch was 19 when she began work in the sex industry. She'd just been fired from a job at an insurance company and saw an ad in the newspaper offering good money for erotic massage - no sex. Over the next few years Mia worked her way through many of Sydney's parlours, while battling serious drug use and chronic mental illness. Mia Walsch has written a powerful memoir, Money for Something, an unvarnished account of those chaotic years, and her journey to her new life as a writer. She studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong, and has published three science fiction novels - under the name Marlee Jane Ward - the first of which won a Victorian Premier's Literary Award.
10:35 Book review - Te Manu Huna a Tāne: The Hidden Birds of Tāne
Leilani Tamu reviews Te Manu Huna a Tāne: The Hidden Birds of Tāne edited by Jennifer Gillam and Eugene Hansen. This book is published by Massey University Press.
10:45 The Reading
The Writer's Festival, part 4. Written by Stephanie Johnson, read by Judith Gibson.
11:05 Heard of Quibi? Samsung's ads on a $2400 phone and Privacy Act boost
Technology commentator Bill Bennett joins Lynn to talk about Quibi, the short form version of Netflix that serves up content in quite bites (hence the name). But it hasn't gone as well as planned and the US media is already writing its obituary. If you've already paid $2400 for a phone, should you be getting annoying ads in the phone's basic apps? And the Privacy Act has had an overhaul to take account technology changes over the past 27 years since it was introduced - Bill looks at what's in it.
11:25 Parents: stop talking and start listening!
Education consultant and parenting coach Joseph Driessen talks with Lynn Freeman about why listening to children is such a key skill for parents. He says sometimes parents need to stop talking, open their ears and employ reflective listening in order to help children express themselves and solve problems.
11:45 I May Destroy You, Lenox Hill, Eurovision Song Contest
Film and TV reviewer Chris Schulz looks at hard-hitting British comedy I May Destroy You, documentary Lenox Hill, which follows four doctors working at the renowned New York hospital and Will Ferrell's latest comedy Eurovision Song Contest.