Today on Nine to Noon

9:05 Elim funerals

More young victims of the canyoning tragedy farewelled today

9:15 Te Aute College

Roy Hoerara, Old Boy and Member of Board of Trustees for Te Aute College, who is fighting to save the college

9:25 The Brain that changes itself

Norman Doidge, research psychiatrist, who works from both the faculty of Columbia University in New York and the University of Toronto. He has researched the plasticity of the brain, about how it can change itself to overcome even serious damage. Author of The Brain that Changes Itself - stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science.

9:45 Five years of war in Darfur

Interview with Alun McDonald, Oxfam's press officer in Khartoum, who says the country continues to be ravaged by violence and war, and frustration is building amongst refugees who have been left in camps for as long as five years.

10:05 Life on the street

Wally Kupenga, unemployed and homeless 37 year old, has lived on the streets of Auckland for the past five years. He speaks about how life's challenges, and alcohol addiction, can bring someone to the point where they are without a home, and he gives us a glimpse into life on the street.

10:35 Book Review : The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

Reviewed by Phil Vine
(Published by Jonathan Cape, ISBN 978 022 408 2433)

10:45 Book Reading: The Rope Of Man by Witi Ihimaera

Part 10 of 13

11:05 Politics with Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre

11:30 Guest Chef Richard Till

Today's recipes are Mussel Fritters, Duck a la Orange (best roast duck with a boil-up method) and Crème Brulee

11:40 Wine with John Hawkesby

11:45 Sophist and provocateur Tommy Honey