09:05 Drug reform: Can NZ learn from an Australian state's approach?

New Zealand's drug laws remain some of the toughest among developed nations as many jurisdictions start to decriminalise and in some cases legalise the use of some drugs, particularly cannabis.
From next year the Australian Capital Territory will decriminalise the possession of small amounts of nine illicit drugs, including cocaine heroin and crystal meth. It follows the state decriminalising the personal use of cannabis in 2020. Instead of jail time those caught in possession of the decriminalised drugs are fined $100 issued a diversion or given a caution. The state government says it's about a harm reduction rather than criminal approach to drug use. Health Minster Rachel Stephen Smith talks to Kathryn about why the government has supported decriminalisation and what will happen next.

Indoor Marijuana bud under lights. This image shows the warm lights needed to cultivate marijuana.

Photo: Eric Limon/ 1234RF

09:30 HomeGround: the life changing building in the city of sails

HomeGround opened earlier this year and it is the new home of the Auckland City Mission in Hobson Street in the central city. It was the dream of a former City Missioner, Dame Diane Robertson to have a purpose built facility as a wrap around social services complex and a place for Auckland's most vulnerable. Multiple stakeholders, donations, philanthropy and government funding has resulted in the 110 million dollar multi purpose building. It includes 80 permanent apartments with 24/7 wraparound support, a health centre for up to 3,000 people, public showers and toilets and a social and medical detox unit with 30 beds. Urban and social issues witer Simon Wilson's new book HomeGround and tells the story of the new building, all it contains and the people who it serves.

09:45 UK correspondent Matt Dathan

UK correspondent Matt Dathan joins Kathryn to talk about plans to temporarily hold prisoners in 400 police cells due to overcrowding in jails, strikes set to hit the ambulance service - as well as those by bus drivers and Eurostar security staff and controversy over a comment made by Prince William's godmother to a black charity worker.

The Waterloo Station remains closed in London on 21 June, 2022 as the biggest rail strike in over 30 years hits the UK.

More strikes are planned across Britain by workers in a number of sectors in the lead up to Christmas. (File photo) Photo: AFP

10:05 Andris Apse: photography and mystery

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Andris Apse is one of our leading landscape photographers, world-renowned in his field. His new book The Deep South - from the Wilds of the South Island to Antarctica is the latest in a series showcasing regions he's photographed. In stunning double-page spreads, images of Lyttleton Harbour to the Subantarctic Islands by way of the Chathams are laid out in all their glory, reflecting Andris's awe of the pristine and the kind of landscape he hopes will never be developed. Andris Apse's many accolades include the New Zealand Order of Merit, honorary fellowships of the New Zealand and Australian institutes of professional photographers, Olympus international photographer of the year and a winner of the British Natural History Museum's International Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He has an amazing back-story too.  Forty-five years after arriving in New Zealand - as a child refugee from Latvia - a remarkable thing happened in the form of a letter from his past.  Kathryn Ryan hears the story.  

10:30 Around the motu: Jimmy Ellingham in Manawatū

Plans to spruce up the exterior of the building that once housed Palmerston North's post office have been abandoned.

Plans to spruce up the exterior of the building that once housed Palmerston North's post office have been abandoned. Photo: RNZ/Jimmy Ellingham

In Palmerston North, the dilapidated and crumbling former central post office in the city centre has been sold and will be turned into a hotel. It's been a long time coming. RNZ's Manawatū Reporter, Jimmy Ellingham tells the story, along with the fate of the old Manawatu Gorge and a tribute to Black Cap Ross Taylor from his old high school.

10:40 Book review: We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman

We All Want Impossible Things

Photo: HarperCollins

Gina Rogers reviews We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman, published by Harper Collins

10:45 The Reading

Rebecca K Reilly's Greta and Valdin told by Reon Bell and Neenah Dekkers Reihana.

11:05 Tech: Aussie tax breaks put heat on NZ game makers

Technology correspondent Peter Griffin looks at how the country's video games industry has become a creative powerhouse, generating $407m in the last financial year, and is now under threat from tax breaks across the Tasman. Why hasn't the games industry here enjoyed the same concessions the film industry enjoys? And 2022 hasn't been the best year for Big Tech. Peter looks at the five big themes that have shaped the world of tech here and abroad this year.

A gamer uses a PS4 controller as he plays at the new Ubisoft video game "Watch Dogs Legion"

Photo: AFP or licensors


11:30 Developing social skills in pre-schoolers

Two young children playing

Photo: Jelleke Vanooteghem / Unsplash

How do children develop social skills and how best can parents support this? Wellington speech and language therapist Christian Wright has some strategies and he'll take your questions - email them to ninetonoon@rnz.co.nz or text us on 2101.

11:45 Screentime: Banshees of Inisherin, Willow, Three Pines

Film and TV correspondent James Croot joins Kathryn to talk about Banshees of Inisherin (cinemas), a TV series sequel to the popular '80s kids' fantasy movie Willow (Disney+) and  Quebec-set murder mystery series Three Pines (Prime Video).

Movie posters

Photo: IMDb

Music played in this show

Track: Fortune Teller
Artist: Say She She
Played: 9:30am

Track: Song Bird
Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Played: 9:05am