Nine to Noon on 29 July 2008

9:05 How accurate is LTNZ and AA's Used Car Safety Guide?

Clive Matthew-Wilson, Editor of Dog and Lemon Used Car Guide; and Stella Stocks, from the NZ Automobile Association.

Land Transport New Zealand and the Automobile Association have recently released their Used Car Safety Guide for 2008, listing how 349 types of second-hand cars bear up in crash situations. For the first time the report has also factored in the impact each car has on other road users, into its overall safety rating. The list is based on a study by Australia's Monash University, which used data from actual crashes to determine whether a vehicle is safe or unsafe.
Results available on-line at:

9:20 Operation of political trust funds

Andrew Geddes, Associate Law Professor, Otago University. Professor Geddes explains how donations to political parties could have been channelled through trusts and sub-trusts prior to the 2007 Electoral Finance Act.

9:30 How to talk to kids about their internet use

Marian Merrit , US internet safety expert.
If you have any questions about internet safety, email directly to her at

9:45 US correspondent Richard Adams

Richard is Washington editor of The Guardian.

10:05 Feature Interview

Dr John Hood, former Vice Chancellor of Auckland University, speaks about his new role as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University.

10:30 Book review: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Reviewed by Graham Beattie
Published by Faber & Faber
ISBN 978 057 123 9610

10:45 Book Reading: The Mesmerist written and read by Barbara Ewing

Part 7 of 15
Published by Sphere
ISBN 978-1847-440228

11:05 Business and Economic commentator Rod Oram

11:30 Actor, Matthew Sunderland

Matthew Sunderland played David Gray in the film about the Aramoana massacre; appearing in a new play in Auckland (starts 2 August).

11:45 Media commentator Denis Welch