On Nine to Noon Today

9:05 Gambling Helpline closure

Peter Jansen, Chairman, Gambling Helpline; and Barbara Phillips, Manager of Problem Gambling for the Ministry of Health

9:20 Rabbits making comeback in Mackenzie Country

Paddy Boyd, Manager of Haldon Station; and John Parker, Landcare Research Pest Management expert

9:30 Brain enhancement via medication

Professor Barbara Sahakian, professor of neuroscience at Cambridge, UK. More and more healthy professionals are using prescription drugs to 'improve' their brains. What are the long term implications for their health?

9:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

10:05 New Zealand Government buying back the rail and ferry businesses from Toll Corporation

Brent Edwards, Radio New Zealand political reporter

10:15 Unravelling the msytery of the Giant Squid

Dr Steve O'Shea, New Zealand's world-renowned 'Squid Man', discusses New Zealand oceans and ocean life.

Dr O'Shea is Senior Research Fellow in the Earth & Oceanic Sciences Research Institute, and Discovery Channel Quest Scholar. As a marine biologist, he is a recognised authority in the taxonomy and systematics of cephalopods (octopus and squid), but also has considerable experience in aspects of environmental impact assessment, conservation, fisheries surveys, biodiversity studies, documentaries, marine invertebrate fixation and preservation techniques, and museum curation.

10:40 Book Review: The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

Reviewed by Graham Beattie
(Published by Sceptre, ISBN 978 034 093 8270)

10:45 Book Reading: Dances With Marmots by George G. Spearing

Read by Jason Whyte
Episode 6 of 10

11:05 Politics with Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre

11:30 Guest Chef Kate Fraser

Food writer and editor of Zest, The Press, with Oyster Stew and Slow Cooked Pork

11:40 Wine with John Hawkesby

11:45 Discussion with Tommy Honey, sophist and provocateur