Nine to Noon on 9 July 2008

9:05 Ambulance services revamp

Craig Page from the National Distribution Union, and David Waters, Chief Executive of Ambulance NZ. A Parliamentary committee is recommending a shake-up for our ambulance services - but the union that represents most ambulance officers say it doesn't go far enough.

9:25 Gathering of the Clans

Lord Jamie Semple, Chief of the Name and Arms of Sempill and vice convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. The call has gone out for the clans to gather. Some 60 clans have signed up to attend The Gathering in Edinburgh in a year's time. Now, chief organiser Lord Jamie Semple wants support from New Zealand.

9:30 Failures in Witness Protection Scheme

Nick Smith, MP for Tasman; and Phil Goff, Minister of Corrections

A Ministerial inquiry into the death of a Nelson woman - killed by a police informer out on parole and whose identity remains protected by the witness protection scheme - is highly critical of both police and Department of Corrections handling of the case; Nick Smith has been working closely with Debbie Ashton's family.

9:45 Australia correspondent Paul Barclay

10:05 New Zealand photographer Lance Aberhart

Laurence Aberhart is one of New Zealand's pre-eminent photographers, a technician and an artist of the form. Last year's major exhibition of 200 works of Laurence Aberhart has been followed by a book, simply titled Aberhart, which is a finalist in the upcoming Montana Book Awards.

10:30 Book Review: For You: a Libretto by Ian McEwan

Reviewed by Phil Smith
Published by Vintage, ISBN 978 009952 6667

10:45 Book reading: Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett

11:05 Artist of the Week with Marty Duda

Today's artist is Willie Nelson

Tracks featured:
from the 1962 album And Then I Wrote

Georgia On My Mind
from 1978 album Stardust

Still Is Still Moving To Me
from the 1993 album Across The Borderline

Night Life - Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis
from the 2008 album Two Men With The Blues
(Blue Note)

11:30 Legal commentator Dean Knight

Dean Knight is a senior lecturer in law at Victoria University in Wellington - today's topic covers the controversy surrounding the Electoral Finance Act.

11:45 Television review with Simon Wilson

Television critic Simon Wilson has been watching two comedies - Burying Brian and Outrageous Fortune