Nine To Noon for Thursday 30 July 2020
09:05 Government moves to regulate harmful waste
Producers of plastic packaging, e-waste, paint, tyres, farm plastics, refrigerants and agrichemicals will soon be required to to take environmental responsibility for their products at the end of their useful life. The Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage, announced yesterday the six products will be 'priority products' for the establishment of regulated product stewardship schemes under the Waste Minimisation Act. The policy aims to shift the burden of waste management from communities and councils back onto those who manufacture the products. Lynn talks with Adele Rose, Chief Executive of 3R, which develops and manages product stewardship programmes, Rachel Barker (CEO), Plastics NZ and Marty Hoffart, Chair of the Zero Waste Network Aotearoa.
09:20 City life: populations, wages and rents compared
Why do some towns and cities grow and expand, with associated housing costs rising, while others languish with an oversupply of housing? The economic research institute Motu has just released the fourth and final paper in a series looking at the drivers of urban development, using census data for 132 towns and cities from 1976 to 2013. The data includes wages, rents and population size in each place. Author Arthur Grimes, a former Reserve Bank Governor, says there is a difference between firms and businesses which want to be based in larger cities, while many residents are attracted to smaller places with less congestion and the lower costs of living.
09:45 Summer holiday chaos, Boris' anti-obesity bike ride
UK correspondent Hugo Gye joins Lynn for a look at how millions of Britons hoping to get away this summer have seen their plans thrown into disarray after Spain was removed from a list of 'airbridge' countries. Are any European countries truly safe to travel to? Boris Johnson jumped on his bike for a new campaign to reduce obesity, and a new book on Prince Harry and Meghan has made waves by revealing the bitter splits at the heart of the royal family.
10:05 Claire van Beek: Daniel
Film director and winner at this year's Whānau Mārama NZ International Film Festiva Claire van Beek has won the Emerging Talent Award for her short film Daniel. Claire explains to Lynn Freeman the film is named after a lizard who plays a prominent role in this erotic tale of a young novice's journey to self acceptance at an isolated convent. The jury praised the film as "unusual, inventive and surprising. Beautifully photographed and edited, it achieves a simmering intensity and reveals a strong director's vision". Nice words surely for Claire, who has volunteered at the NZIFF for the past 10 years. Daniel is screening at the Whānau Mārama NZ International Film Festival until Aug 1st , and is certified for a "mature" audience.
10:35 Book review - A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom by John Boyne
Elisabeth Easther reviews A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom by John Boyne, published by Penguin Random House.
10:45 The Reading
Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings, part 9. By Tina Makereti and adapted for radio by Owen Scott.
11:05 GPS maker's ransomware attack, TechWeek 2020
Technology correspondent Paul Matthews joins Lynn to talk about GPS manufacturer Garmin's ransomware attack that's forced it offline - what happens when GPS tools go offline? New research dispels the line between violent video games and actual violence and what's happening at TechWeek 2020?
Paul Matthews is chief executive of IT Professionals New Zealand.
11:20 Covid patient leak "deliberate and politically motivated"
An inquiry has found the leak of personal Covid-19 patient details by the former National Party MP Hamish Walker and former Party President Michelle Boag was "deliberate and politically motivated". The Government ordered the State Services Commission to investigate in early July after three media outlets, including RNZ, were leaked the personal details. The report, released today, places the blame squarely on Mr Walker and Ms Boag. The Privacy Commissioner will now look into whether either the pair should face any consequences. RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson. .
11:25 Sleep and pre-schoolers
New research from the University of Otago shows that early bedtimes for pre-schoolers are not vital for healthy development, as long as they are getting enough sleep. A number of studies in older children have found a correlation between later bedtimes and the risk of developing obesity. The Otago study, led by Dr Melyssa Roy, from the Department of Medicine, is one of the first to examine whether a connection exists from an early age.
11:45 This Town, Love Life and Save Me Too
Film and TV reviewer James Croot joins Lynn to talk about Kiwi comedy This Town, Anna Kendrick's new series Love Life and Save Me Too, a follow up series about a sex trafficking ring.