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.
The story of paua jewellery, from art souvenir and tourist kitsch to highly collectible Kiwi icon. Elly van de Wijdeven is an academic and researcher in the field of material culture, and along with her interest in paua shell jewellery, she writes and speaks on New Zealand textiles. Her book Vintage Paua Shell Jewellery explores the history and shares the many stories of how and why it came to be produced and by whom.
11:25 am Tuesday 9 February: Dawn McMillan
Dawn McMillan writes children's books and educational readers. She has published more than 140 educational readers which are used in schools in Australasia, the US and Canada. Many of her books have a focus on animals and New Zealand's natural environment. Her titles include Why do dogs sniff bottoms? and her latest Mister Spears and his hairy ears.
10:05 am Thursday 11 February: Gaynor Leeper
Gaynor Leeper used to live in London with a highly paid job working in communications.
But feeling she was "drowning in the rat race", she quit the job, sold her flat, and took off to travel the world. Seven years later, she met Milos, a husky dog trainer in remote Northern Sweden.
The couple married, and she now lives in an isolated cabin with no running water or phone-line close to the kennel that houses their 40 dogs.
She tells Kathryn Ryan about her new life in a very different place.