Nine To Noon for Monday 27 July 2020
09:05 Dismay over demise of first responders' bill
First responders and corrections officers are disappointed a bill which would have seen tough penalties imposed on offenders who attack them has been shelved. The Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers members Bill, from NZ First MP Darroch Ball, would have introduced a six-month minimum sentence for assaults on police, corrections officers, paramedics, nurses and fire services. It reached its third reading in parliament last week, but was rejected as poorly drafted by Labour and National, sent back to the Justice Select committee for further scrutiny, and is therefore unlikely to pass this term. The Corrections Association says assaults on prison officers have gone up in the last year, despite prisoners effectively being locked up 23 hours a day during the worst of the Covid pandemic. President Alan Whitely joins Lynn Freeman, along with St John Ambulance deputy Director of Operations Stuart Cockburn.
09:20 The heartbreak of losing a baby
Every year around 600 families in New Zealand experience the unimaginable heartbreak of losing a baby at birth or shortly after. A new RNZ podcast by Susie Ferguson, The Unthinkable, explores the love, loss and grief experienced by these families. RNZ reporter Kate Gudsell and Sam Arcus' daughter Wren lived for just six days, in the neonatal unit at Wellington Hospital. They tell Lynn Freeman they want to share their story to help others.
09:45 Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow
Thomas talks to Lynn about the EU leaders agreement of a groundbreaking plan to jointly borrow 750 billion euros to respond to the coronavirus crisis, which has killed 135,000 people in the bloc.
The deal is particularly important for Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, and for Angela Merkel herself, as this is considered her last big European project before she leaves office next year.
10:05 Hermione Norris: not getting Cold Feet
Twenty-two years after it first went to air, the award-winning British comedy drama Cold Feet is back on Kiwi television, for a 9th season. The Manchester-based tv series, about three sets of friends, has scooped over 20 awards, including a BAFTA. One of those awards was for Best TV Comedy Actress, awarded to Hermione Norris, who plays Karen Marsden. In the new season, premiering in New Zealand on Acorn TV, Karen and Adam have a grown-up blended family that refuses to leave home, David is working in a cafe, and Pete and Jenny are reeling following Jen's treatment for cancer. Hermione Norris was 29 when she landed her role on Cold Feet, she's now 52. In between times she has also starred in Wire In The Blood, Spooks and Luther. Cold Feet had a re-boot after the 5th series, in 2016. Lynn Freeman speaks with Hermione Norris.
10:35 Book review - Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
John King reviews Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell, published by Hachette NZ.
10:45 The Reading
Where the Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti
Read by George Henare, Maria Walker & Kura Forrester Part 6
11:05 Political commentators Mills & Morten
The latest poll putting Labour well ahead of National, a chat about the culture in parliament and the Greens hold their AGM.
Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research , which is the polling firm used by Labour. He is former political adviser to two Labour governments.
Brigitte Morten is a senior consultant with public and commercial law firm Franks & Ogilvie and a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government. During the election campaign Brigitte is volunteering on the National Wellington Central campaign for Nicola Willis.
11:30 Ironclad Pans - designed to last a lifetime, or three
Kate and Levi Slavin, and their business partners, have created a frying pan that's designed to last 100 years. The Ironclad Pan is locally designed and made. The company is based on the ethos of making a product that will last and be handed down the generations. Kate Slavin explains why frying pans was the way to go, and shares some recipes created especially for the pan: pear mandarin and chocolate queen of tarts, thai fish balls poached in basil and rocket coconut broth, and pork scotch roast.
11:45 Urban Issues with Bill McKay
Bill talks to Lynn about the National Policy Statement on Urban Development: taller buildings and fewer carparks all around the country, how will this affect our cities and towns?
Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.
Music played in this show
Artist: Lawrence Arabia
Song: The Listening Times
Artist: Ria Hall
Artist: Perfume Genius
Song: Without You