From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with the latest lifestyle trends on this award-winning programme.
Haere Ra 2021 - Part 2
Nota Bene sing 'The Blessed Son of God' and 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' - Te Radar, Irene Pink, Kennedy Warne, Beau and Sam Ackerman bid farewell to 2021.
The Korean art of "hitting mung"
It's something that will appeal to most of us as we wind down after a long year - taking the time to just zone out. Koreans have made it an art form. In Korea, it's called "hitting mung", which refers to reaching a state of blankness. There's "forest mung" - spacing out while looking at trees, "fire mung" - watching logs burn, and "water mung" - meditating by bodies of water. It's become increasingly popular as Koreans seek refuge from busy lives and the stresses of the pandemic. Mung cafes have also cropped up around the country, where guests sit quietly - no phones, no children, no talking. Michelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter at the Washington Post covering Japan and Korea and has been looking into the trend.
Very Important Paws: Truckie pet chauffeur
Morgan MacAllister-Robb has been a truck driver for over 30 years - and lately he's had some cute company along for the ride. Since last March, Morgan has transported around 200 dogs - and the odd cat - to their new homes on his Christchurch-to-Palmerston North driving route.
Haere Ra 2021 - Part 1
Te Radar, Irene Pink, Kennedy Warne and Sam Ackerman bid farewell to 2021. And, we're joined by Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene for some Christmas songs.
2021 - The Year in Review Part 2
Neale Jones, Brigitte Morten, Pattrick Smellie Siouxsie Wiles and Andrew Holden look back on a tumultuous year.
UK amateur fossil hunters' mammoth haul
Cotswolds couple Sally and Neville Hollingworth are part-time paleontologists who have struck archaeological gold twice. Four years ago they exposed the site of five ice-age mammoths, in a 200,000 year-old mammoth graveyard. After lock-down this year they unearthed a 167 million year old haul of fossil echinoderms, some of which are brand new to scientists, and which have been hailed by London's Natural History Museum as "of global significance". Sally and Neville join Kathryn to talk about the skill (and if there's any luck involved) of being a successful amateur fossil hunter.