Nine To Noon for Friday 17 December 2010
09:05 Air NZ and Virgin Blue's trans-Tasman tie-up
Peter Harbison, executive chairman of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation in Sydney; Steven Fitzgerald, CEO, Wellington Airport; and Paul Yeo, chief executive of the Travel Agents Assocation and the Inbound Tour Operators Council.
The Australian competition watchdog has done a U-turn on a trans-Tasman tie-up between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue, clearing the proposed alliance on the condition that the airlines commit to extra flights on certain routes, such as Wellington. If the alliance gets the tick off from Transport Minister, Stephen Joyce, the airlines will be allowed to engage in wide-ranging collaboration on prices, capacity, schedules and routes.
09:20 Eliminating discrimination against women
Hekia Parata, the newly-appointed Minister of Women's Affairs addresses the issues raised in this country's seventh report to the UN on its elimination of discrimation against women. The report has been published by the Ministry of Women's Affairs.
09:45 Asia correspondent Phil O'Sullivan
The controversial ceremony awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo and where some of the world's smartest 15-year-olds live.
10:05 Big Year Interview - Tony Kokshoorn
Tony Kokshoorn, Grey District Mayor. It's one month since the first explosion ripped through the Pike River mine - New Zealand's largest underground coal mine - trapping 29 workers. Hopes that some may have survived were extinguished five days later with a second massive explosion. Pike River Coal is now in receivership, and the economic future of the West Coast is uncertain.
10:30 Book Review with Emma Hart
The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time by Peter Ackroyd
Published by Chatto & Windus
10:45 Reading: Shaping Up by Elspeth Sandys (Part 5 of 5)
The light-hearted story of Jean, the owner manager of a women's gym and the vibrant group of women who are its members.
11:05 New Music with Sean McKenna
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 Bootleg Series Volume 9
Song: Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: The Promise
Song: Wrong Side of the Street
Album: Anywhere On This Road: A Selection From Around The World By Charlie Gillett
Artist: Jack Johnson
Album: To The Sea
Song: To The Sea
Artist: Carole King & James Taylor
Album: Live at the Troubadour
Song: You've Got A Friend
Artist: Tom Jones
Album: Praise and Blame
Artist: Susan Boyle
Album: The Gift
Artist: The Arcade Fire
Album: The Suburbs
Song: We Used To Wait
Artist: The Phoenix Foundation
Artist: The Black Keys
Artist: Kanye West
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Artist: Janelle Monae
Album: The Archandroid
Song: Cold War
Artist: Dear Times Waste
Artist: Brooke Fraser
Artist: The Naked & Famous
Album: Passive Me, Agressive You
Artist: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Song: 'Blue Skies'Pete Seeger & Tao-Rodriguez-Seeger
Artist: Justin Bieber
Album: My World
Song: Baby feat. Ludacris
Album: The Great New Zealand Songbook - Volume 2
Song: 'Poi E'Patea Maori Club
11:30 Sports commentator Richard Boock
Rugby World Cup ticket sales, Kieran Reid voted NZ Rugby Player of Year, the Ashes in Perth, and more Pakistani cricketers implicated in gambling scandals.
11:45 Week That Was with Radar and Michele A'Court