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.
Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne
Kennedy talks about his recent visit to the Antarctic Peninsula and he also has an update on the Australian man aiming to the youngest person to row solo across the Pacific Ocean.
The thrill of fresh asparagus
Seeing the first fresh asparagus of the season land in the supermarket is a treat for most of us. Alongside strawberries it's the taste of summer on the way. Asparagus is versatile, goes with any meal, and can be cooked and ready to serve in minutes. During the height of the season, the spears can literally grow right before your eyes - up to 15 centimetres a day. Waikato asparagus grower Andrew Keaney says while asparagus is easy to grow, harvesting is done by hand making it not only back-breaking but incredibly labour intensive. At the height of the season, one million spears are handpicked each day in Waikato alone. He shares his favourite ways to eat asparagus and tips on how to choose the tastiest, most tender bunch.
Political commentators Hughes & Hehir
We talk about the Reserve Bank's projections for recession - will it see the government rein in spending and will it impact Labour's election chances? We look at the compromises made over the hate speech law and how political parties reacted to the voting age judgement. Gareth Hughes is a former Green MP and now works for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Aotearoa. Liam Hehir is a Palmerston North lawyer, political commentator and a National Party member
Book review: The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
Ray Shipley from Scorpio Books in Christchurch reviews The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty, published by Penguin Random House
Around the motu - regional wrap from Whanganui
Jacob McSweeny talks to Kathryn about the sudden closure of the Ohakune Courthouse, the challenges facing the Whanganui pilot academy, the rescuing of plant material from the historic Bastia Hill garden and does Marton have a mystery parking warden?.
The Kiwi YouTuber taking down the crypto scammers from his Christchurch home
It was an email from a friend offering a investment opportunity he couldn't turn down that transformed Christchurch man Danny de Hek into a self confessed Crypto Ponzi Scheme buster. Since that email de Hek has produced more than 130 videos taking apart the crypto currency investment, which he calls a dangerous and deceptive scheme. Recording from his Christchurch home he has caught the attention of the those pushing the scheme, including death threats, and his efforts have also been profiled in the New York Times. Danny says the whole thing is a typical multi level marketing scam, but because it uses the blockchain it makes it much harder to track down who is in charge, leaving those on the bottom, some of who have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, with nothing.
Katheryn is such an impressive host who manages to combine intellectual interviews on an amazingly wide range of deep and/or sensitive topics. Head and shoulders above most others. I compare her to a wonderful host for the BBC who managed to “drop a word in the ear of the nation”. Kathryn does the same here for NZ with grace and intelligence.
She gets my vote.
Could be better
Great topics covered and interviewees, but the host doesn’t give them enough time to speak (and spends each interview commenting on the time remaining).
often seems like the interviewee here, talking over her guests with her sanctimonious sludge. Hard. Very hard to listen to.