09:05 Southland gets biggest snow in 40 years - what effect has it had on lambing?

Don Nicolson, Federated Farmers president, and has sheep farm south of Invercargill; and David Rose, Federated Farmers adverse events spokesperson and Winton farmer.

09:20 The impact of changes to pub opening hours

Professor Kypros Kypri, Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health.

09:30 Blue Dragon Children's Trust - working with underprivileged children in Vietnam

Michael Brosowski and Chinh Van Do are launching the NZ branch of the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, a charity which helps Vietnamese kids who are caught up in trafficking, or disabled, or living on the streets. Michael is here with a couple of students who have received scholarships to study in NZ, who need to find homestays.

Michael will be speaking at the launch of the Blue Dragon Children's Trust (New Zealand) at the International Centre at Wellington College at 5:30 pm Thursday 23 September. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you are interested in finding out more about providing homestays for the Vietnamese students, please contact Wayne Loh, Business Development Manager, NTec (Email: wayne.loh@ntec.ac.nz Phone: 09 379 5700)

Michael's blog.

09:45 US correspondent Luiza Savage

The Tea Party Ascendant, Sarah Palin flirts with Iowa, and Obama prepares to speak at the UN.

10:05 Roger Ellory - UK crime writer

R.J. Ellory was orphaned at 7 and arrested for poaching at 17. He lost contact with his brother and it was the public profile his career as a crime writer gave him that led to them reconnecting. He recently won one of the UK's top crime writing prizes for his novel A Simple Act of Violence.

His new novel is called Saints of New York.

10:30 Book Review with Maraea Rakuraku

Whaikorero: The World of Maori Oratory by Poia Rewi
Published by Auckland University Press

Mauri Ola: contemporary Polynesian Poems in English - Whetu Moana II by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, Robert Sullivan

Published by Auckland University Press, $49.99

10:45 Reading

Gods and Little Fishes by Bruce Ansley

The memoir of a New Brighton boy, enjoying life in a thriving seaside township. (Part 2 of 5, RNZ)

11:05 Business with Rod Oram

Rod discusses the Auckland local body election from a business and economic perspective.

11:20 Tilda Swinton - Scottish actress

Tilda Swinton, the Scottish actress who has starred in films such as Orlando, Michael Clayton, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Burn After Reading and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The Academy Award-winning actress has been called "the most unique British actress of the past 20 years" by the Observer. She talks to Lynn Freeman about her latest film I Am Love and her remarkable career.

11:45 Media commentator Denis Welch

The Cameron Slater case and the Roy Morgan survey comparing RNZ and commercial radio listenerships.