On Nine to Noon Today

9:05 Cash strapped secondary schools want increase in funding

Vickie Barrie, Principal Northcote College; Peter Gall, President Secondary School Principals Association and Principal of Papatoetoe High School; and
Chris Carter, Minister of Education

9:40 Young wildlife film maker

Sebastian van der Zwan is an aspiring film maker from Auckland who has won one of four places in an Animal Planet reality series. He and other contestants from around the world went to South Africa, where they were let loose in the wild, making a short film each, with their efforts being filmed for the series. That series begins tonight on Animal Planet.

9:50 US correspondent Jack Hitt

10:05 Under Pressure - hyperactive parenting and how it is ruining 21st century kids

Interview with Carl Honore, writer and commentator. With the pressure growing for children to get into the best schools and universities, or to develop their talents and become the next Tiger Woods, it has never been more difficult to be a child. Carl Honore calls for parents and teachers to allow children to grow up at a slower rate. Where is the time to join their friends and play, or simply to sit and daydream?

10:30 Book Review: The Butt by Will Self

Reviewed by Gail Pittaway
(Published by Bloomsbury, ISBN 978 074 759 1757)

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

Read by Jason Whyte
Episode 7 of 10

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

11:30 Japanese dairy farm star

Tomoko Ishijima manages a 280 cow dairy farm and is a finalist in the Dairy Farm Manager of the Year Awards

11:45 Media commentator Phil Wallington