Nine To Noon for Thursday 26 March 2009
09:05 Auckland governance - supercity
A look at the prospect of Auckland being a supercity and an examination of the requirements needed to fill the top job.
On the panel to discuss this are Peter McKinlay, director of Auckland's University of Technology's (AUT) Local GGovernment Centre (it is the first University in NZ think tank focussing on local Government, established two years ago) and a Tauranga based consultant on strategic public policy primarily on local Government; Dr Paul Rouse, associate professor of accounting and finance at the University of Auckland's Business School who made a submission to the Royal Commission and is not in favour of a Supercity; and Greg Hallam, executive director of the Local Government Association of Queensland, who will tell us about the Brisbane supercity experience and success.
09:30 Marley and Me
John Grogan, author of Marley and Me and his new book The Longest Trip Home.
He is a former Philadelphia journalist and columnist who became a surprise best selling author with his true story of life with his incorrigable dog Marley.
John Grogan's book 'Marley and Me' has sold almost 6 million copies and spent 76 weeks on the US bestsellers list. It has since been made into a film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.
The book tells the story of life with Marley - a neurotic and uncontrollable Labrador Retriever who drove John and his wife to the depths of despair - but who they loved dearly despite it.
John Grogan is currently visiting New Zealand.
09:45 UK correspondent Jon Dennis
10:05 Aging disgracefully
Irma Kurtz, Cosmopolitan magazine agony aunt since 1972 and author of new book About Time - Growing old disgracefully.
10:30 Book Review with Sonja de Freiz
Sectioned by John O'Donoghue
Published by John Murray
10:45 Reading. How To Catch A Cricket Match by Harry Ricketts
Episode 9 of 10
An entertaining exploration of that great game.
11:05 New Technology with Nat Torkington
11:30 Parenting with Diane Levy
11:45 Television Review with Simon Wilson