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.
Michaela de Prince is an international ballerina, performing with the Dutch National Ballet, based in Amsterdam. But for the 19-year-old, getting to the top of her profession was even harder than for most. She was born Mabinty Bangura, in Sierra Leone, and aged four, was orphaned by the civil war there. Sent to an orphanage, she was mistreated and abused partly because of a condition, vitiligo, in which part of her skin lacks pigment and is blotchy. One day, a magazine cover picturing a ballerina blew through the gates of the orphanage, and Mabinty was captivated. Adopted by an American family, along with her best friend from the orphanage, she began to dance in the US, and has never stopped. Her book Hope in a Ballet Shoe, tells her story.
11:20 Monday 2 February 2015
Kasey and Karena Bird, the winners of last year's Masterchef competition, are the new food editors of Mana magazine, where their recipes will focus on Maori and Pacific flavours. The sisters, from Maketu in the Bay of Plenty were popular winners of Masterchef, maintaining a sense of humour despite the gruelling competition. The judges were impressed by their advanced cooking skills at such a young age. Their prize included a cookbook deal, which is due out in April. They talk about their hectic life since their win, and their passion for Maori cuisine.
10:05 Tuesday 3 February 2015
Why is it so hard for people of a certain age, particularly women, to say how old they are? University of London Psychology Professor Lynn Segal’s new book Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing, explores what it is like to grow old. Why do older people sometimes feel invisible? Why do we feel younger than the stranger staring back at us in the mirror? Must the old always be in conflict with the young? Professor Segal looks back on her own life and argues that it is possible to accept physical changes and growing fragility, the sorrows and losses of life, building on the experiences of the past, to live fully in the present.