09:05 Auckland hospital services

Dr Lester Levy, chair of the Waitemata District Health Board, which serves the largest DHB population of more than 540,000 in the country. He has just also taken over the role of chair of the Auckland DHB as well.

09:30 Singing scientist

Matthew Barnett - Senior Research Scientist at AgResearch, based at The Liggins Institute in The University of Auckland.

Matthew Barnett's 12 days of Christmas

Earlier songs:
Singing Scientist's Epigenome Song
Singing Scientist - I Love Fibre

09:45 Middle East correspondent Irris Makler

10:05 Roger Shepherd - Flying Nun founder

Founder of influential independent NZ music label Flying Nun. He started it in Christchurch in 1981 and it was home to legendary acts such as The 3Ds, The Clean, The Chills, and Straitjacket Fits. It eventually was sold to a bigger, multinational company, but late last year he bought it back. How did he do it? What's changed over the years, both for the label and the music industry? And what's next for Flying Nun?


10:30 Book Review with Phil Smith

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C Morais
Published by Allen & Unwin

10:45 Reading: Shaping Up by Elspeth Sandys Part 1 of 5)

The lighthearted story of Jean, the owner manager of a women's gym and the vibrant group of women who are its members .

11:05 Politics with Matthew Hooton and Andrew Campbell

NZ wikileaks, the foreshore and seabed and the prospect of some new political parties before the next election.

11:30 Guest chef Ruth Pretty and wine commentator John Hawkesby

Christmas Cup Cakes with Cinnamon Frosting
Chocolate Macadamia Delice

11:45 Off The Beaten Track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy discusses his month-long expedition to Antarctica and several subantarctic islands - including the Auckland Islands, the largest of NZ's sub-antarctic islands.