Nine To Noon for Friday 31 July 2020
09:05 Class action: Schools consider legal move after travel company folds
The collapse of a travel company specialising in school trips has left a number of New Zealand schools considering their legal options to try to recoup the money lost to students and their parents. Antipodeans Abroad, a 30-year-old company which ran trips to 30 destinations, has gone into liquidation in both New Zealand and Australia, leaving students in both countries in the lurch. Up to 18 New Zealand schools have now banded together to try to work out how to recover the money paid for trips - and they say a class action is a possibility. One of the schools is Kapiti College, where students paid around $3500 for a trip to Nepal due to take place next July, 2021. Principal Tony Kane and Year 12 student Lily Collette join Lynn to talk about the situation. Travel Agents Association of New Zealand CEO Andrew Olsen also joins Lynn to talk about concerns he's raised previously about whether Ministry of Education advice to schools on which agents to use is strong enough.
09:30 Murals transform the Taranaki town of Waitara
A community project is bringing vibrancy to some of the Northern Taranaki town's blank walls. Beautify Waitara is a collective of locals who are using art to transform community spaces and to encourage opportunities for creative people to bring life to the town. Mike Kettle of Beautify Waitara speaks about how the initiative began and we'll also hear from a year 13 Waitara High School student involved in the project - artist, Channtae-Lee Lichtwark.
09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta
RNZ's Pacific news editor Koro Vaka'uta on the latest Pacific news.
10:05 Young activist Dara McAnulty on his passion for nature
Sixteen-year-old Dara McAnulty turned his blog about the natural world around him into a diary, which has been published amid the coronavirus crisis. Diary of a Young Naturalist follows a year in Dara's life through the seasons, and is part memoir, part nature journal. His environmental activism has led to comparisons with Greta Thunberg. The book also provides an insight into what it's like to be a teenager living with autism - something his mother, brother and sister also have.
10:35 Book review - When She Was Good by Michael Robotham
Sally Wenley reviews When She Was Good by Michael Robotham, published by Hachette.
10:45 The Reading
Where the Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti
Read by George Henare, Maria Walker & Kura Forrester Part 10
11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies
The debut full-length LP by Straitjacket Fits, 1988's Hail was reissued last Friday by Flying Nun, with the weaker tracks substituted for rippers from the band's 1987 EP, Life In One Chord. We'll hear two songs from that today, alongside gems from Palmerston North MC Stanley Pedigree and Welsh post-punk pioneers, Young Marble Giants.
11:30 Sports commentator Dana Johannsen
Stuff National Correspondent specialising in sport, Dana Johanssen
11:45 The week that was
Comedians Te Radar and Jodie Rimmer with a wry look at the week.
Music played in this show
Artist: Real Estate feat Sylvan Esso
Track: Paper Cup
Artist: The Avalanches
Track: We Will Always Love You