Nine To Noon

Friday 5 February 2016, with Kathryn Ryan

PM won't go to Waitangi

9:07 AM. John Key has announced he won't go to Waitangi this year. Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike William discuss.

Australia set to lose climate scientists with CSIRO changes

9:19 AM. Australia's research organisation CSIRO is reportedly shedding over a hundred climate science jobs as it undergoes a restructure. CSIRO's chief executive Larry Marshall says a restructure will affect up to 350 staff and those that work in climate science will be the hardest hit. The move is being slammed by Australian scientists. We speak with Professor Steven Sherwood is co-Director of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

More and more people seek career in game development

9:32 AM. The first students from a new game development accelerator programme are set to take their new game to market.

Pacific Correspondent Mike Field

9:52 AM. Mike Field discusses the Zika virus in the Pacific, tensions over the way Chinese migrants are taking over the retail trade in most capitals and the election of the first female leader of an independent Pacific country, the Marshall's Hilda Heine.

Sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor

10:09 AM. Nnedi Okorafor has made a name for herself by weaving politics, magical realism and African culture into her science fiction. Her work is stark and evocative and is often chosen as someone to read for those who feel alienated by other science fiction. In 2011 she became the first black person to win the Best Novel at the World Fantasy Award for her novel Who Fears Death since its inception in 1975, while Lagoon was a finalist in the British Science Fiction Awards. She comes to New Zealand in March as part of Writers Week

Book Review: Children's Books

10:39 AM. John McIntyre from the Children's Bookshop in Wellington with books about different families. Heather Has Two Mummies by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell, published by Walker Books Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia, published by Candlewick Press Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpower by Melanie Walsh, published by Walker Books

New music with Jeremy Taylor

11:05 AM. Jeremy Taylor tunes in to an impressive outtakes selection from Northumbrian folk sisters The Unthanks, a masterclass in 'Rock Snob 101' with Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, and the latest instalment from Sun Kil Moon, this time in collaboratin with Jesu.

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

11:34 AM. International cricket. The Sevens and the Auckland Nines.

The week that was

11:50 AM. With Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood.

09:05 PM won't go to Waitangi

John Key has announced he won't go to Waitangi this year. Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike William discuss.

09:15 Climate scientists being ditched across the ditch

Australia's research organisation CSIRO will reportedly shed over a hundred climate science jobs as it undergoes a restructure. CSIRO's chief executive Larry Marshall says changes will affect up to 350 staff and those that work in climate science will be the hardest hit. He says now that it's known climate change is happening, the next question that needs to be answered is how to adapt to it and that may mean a change in what kind of science gets funding.The move is being slammed by Australian scientists with one saying it is a "disastrous move that will decimate ocean and climate sciences in Australia".A co-Director at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Professor Steven Sherwood says effective action on climate change needs detailed understanding - and that could be lost under the proposal.

09:30 More and more people seek career in game development

The first students from a new game development accelerator programme are set to take their new game to market.The programme is run by Auckland's Media Design School - which offers teritary qualifications in creative and digital technology including  Game Art, game programming, 3D Animation and Visual Effects.

A group of students are chosen for the accelerator programme, which provides industry mentorship to help them to take a game prototype or concept to market  

Among those students is Claire Barilla, she and 4 others created the company, Itsfine, to developed a game called Split, which has been greenlit by the online gaming market Steam.

Also joining Kathryn is the President of the New Zealand Game Developers Association, Stephen Knightly

09:45 Pacific Correspondent Mike Field

Mike Field discusses the Zika virus in the Pacific, tensions over the way Chinese migrants are taking over the retail trade in most capitals and the election of the first female leader of an independent Pacific country, the Marshall's Hilda Heine.

10:05 Sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor 

Nnedi Okorafor has made a name for herself by weaving politics, magical realism and African culture into her science fiction. Her work is stark and evocative and is often chosen as someone to read for those who feel alienated by other science fiction.

In 2011 she became the first black person to win the Best Novel at the World Fantasy Award for her novel Who Fears Death since its inception in 1975, while Lagoon was a finalist in the British Science Fiction Awards. 

She comes to New Zealand in March as part of Writers Week 

Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor

Photo: supplied

10:35 Book Review: Children's Books

John McIntyre from the Children's Bookshop in Wellington with books about different families.

Heather Has Two Mummies by Leslea Newman,  illustrated by Laura Cornell,  published by Walker Books

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin,  illustrated by Lauren Tobia,  published by Candlewick Press

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpower by Melanie Walsh, published by Walker Books

10:45 The Reading

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor tunes in to an impressive outtakes selection from Northumbrian folk sisters The Unthanks, a masterclass in 'Rock Snob 101' with Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, and the latest instalment from Sun Kil Moon, this time in collaboratin with Jesu.

Artist: The Unthanks
Song: Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk, Track 4
Comp: Rachel Unthank
Album: Archive Treasures 2005-2015
Label: Rabble Rouser
Broadcast Time: 5'25"
 
Song: 2000 Miles, Track 1
Comp: Hynde
Album: Archive Treasures 2005-2015
Label: Rabble Rouser
Broadcast Time: 2'04'"
 
Artist: John Barry
Song: Midnight Cowboy, Track 8
Comp: John Barry
Album: Bobby Gillespie Presents Sunday Morning Coming Down
Label: Ace
Broadcast Time: 2'46"
 
Artist: Evie Sands
Song: Anyway That You Want Me, Track 15
Comp: Chip Taylor
Album: Bobby Gillespie Presents Sunday Morning Coming Down
Label: Ace
Broadcast Time: 3'38"
 
Artist: Jesu/ Sun Kil Moon
Song: Fragile, Track 5
Comp: Kozelek/ Broadrick
Album: Jesu/ Sun Kil Moon
Label: Caldo Verde       
Broadcast Time: 5'58"

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood