Nine To Noon for Thursday 18 May 2017
09:05 Extreme heat detected beneath the Southern Alps
New Zealand scientists drilling into the Alpine Fault on the West Coast have found much higher temperatures than expected - which as well as being scientifically exciting could also be commercially very significant for New Zealand. They've drilled nearly 900 metres into the Alpine Fault at Whataroa - finding geothermal conditions comparable with Taupo, but there are no volcanoes in Westland. Kathryn Ryan talks to Victoria University's John Townend.
09:15 Yes, you CAN complain about electricity and gas
Do you know your rights if you have a power complaint? We're talking about things like savings that don't materialise, misleading bills, the quality of supply and problems with switching providers. Utilities Disputes Commissioner Nanette Moreau says according to a recent UMR survey, only 6% of New Zealanders are aware they can complain about electricity and gas to Utilities Disputes. Result -- consumers are left in the dark, outage-style.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 22 33 40 with your complaint about electricity or gas.
09:30 Demand grows for curtain banks
Poor housing stock, bad weather and the fact that many landlords are not motivated to upgrade their properties are being blamed for a recent up-tick in demand for curtain banks around New Zealand. But unfortunately for the Dunedin Curtain Bank, it might be forced to close its doors in four weeks as operational funds run out. Meanwhile Wellington's Curtain Bank is predicting it is around 300 pairs short of meeting its demand this winter, and is calling for donations. Kathryn Ryan talks to Dunedin Curtain Bank trust manager Tess Trotter and Mirander Struthers the Healthy Homes Manager, for the Wellington region.
09:45 UK correspondent
Tim Sculthorpe on how Tony Blair's allies are plotting to create a new party if the election doesn't go Labour's way.
10:05 Waste Not Want Not
In a throw-away culture where goods have a limited life-span, and where some appliances have sealed units putting up a barrier to repair, Sophie Unwin tells Kathryn Ryan about her mission to reduce waste and ensure valuable repair skills are passed on before they disappear. Sophie Unwin is founder of the Edinburgh Remakery - and its sister site in Brixton in South London - places where people can learn from those in the know how to mend furniture, textiles, phones or their computers.
10:35 Book review
What Cancer Taught Me by Jake Bailey reviewed by Rachel Eadie.
10:45 The Reading
11:05 WannaCry - what and why?
Paul Matthews reports on the 'wanna cry' cyber attacks wreaking havoc around the globe.
11:25 Does NZ education policy align with recognised research?
Educator, researcher and parenting commentator Nathan Mikaere-Wallis of X Factor Education talks about the international research on what works in schools, and discusses how consistent New Zealand is with this research.
Sarah McMullen reviews Alien: Covenant and American Housewife