Nine To Noon for Monday 7 August 2017
09:05 PSA class action heads to Wellington High Court
A group made up of more than 200 Kiwifruit growers, suing the government for negligence over the way it handled the PSA outbreak, head to court today, in a multi-million dollar class action. The group called 'Kiwifruit Claim' are accusing the Ministry for Primary Industries of breaching a duty of care by letting the disease get into the country in 2010, and claiming losses of $376 million.
MPI rejects the allegations. On its website it states that it acted appropriately in its treatment of PSA as a biosecurity threat, and in line with its international obligations and scientific knowledge available at the time. It says it did not 'let' PSA into the country by allowing pollen imports into New Zealand, and various studies are inconclusive as to how it entered the country.
Success could expose the Government to claims by other sectors affected by disease and pests. Lynn Freeman talks to Te Puke growers Stewart and Gilly Moss who are taking part in the class action.
09:20 AA calls for massive upgrade to NZ’s most dangerous roads
The Automobile Association is calling for a massive investment to improve the safety of our roads ahead of the election next month. The AA has found about 40 percent of our state highways score only 2 out out of a possible 5 in a 5-star safety rating system. The worst offending roads are State Highway 22 from Drury to Pukekohe, and State Highway 58, close to Wellington, from Pauatahanui to Upper Hutt.
Lynn Freeman speaks with the AA's motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon.
09:30 Walsh takes shot put gold at world champs
Lynn Freeman speaks with Tom Walsh's coach Dale Stephenson after his Gold Medal win at the World Athletics Championships.
09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney
Seamus Kearney discusses the European contaminated eggs scandal; heatwave and anti-tourist protests cause airport delays with the new EU regulations; and two Chinese tourists are arrested for making a Nazi salute outside the German parliament.
10:05 Andrew Cameron: nursing in war zones
Nurse and midwife Andrew Cameron talks with Lynn Freeman about his remarkable career in some of the world's most dangerous and challenging locations. When not in a war or post-conflict zone, he is the director of nursing and an ambulance driver at the Birdsville Clinic – one of the most remote health posts on the edge of the Simpson Desert in Australia.
10:35 Book review
Harry Broad reviews Darien: Empire of Salt by C.F. Iggluden – published by Penguin Random House.
10:45 The Reading
11:05 Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton
Stephen and Mike dissect a tumultuous week in politics: the rise of Jacinda Ardern, and Metiria Turei's gamble.
11:30 Ray Letoa: Samoan cuisine with a modern twist
Ray Letoa is one of New Zealand's top bartenders, working at CoCo at the Roxy in Wellington. As part of this year's Visa Wellington On a Plate event, Ray is championing Samoan cuisine through traditional methods with a modern twist.
11:45 Satellite cities & motorways – do they fit in the modern world?
Bill McKay discusses the old ideas of satellite cities and motorways and where they fit in the modern world.