Nine To Noon for Thursday 24 May 2012
09:05 Parents of special needs students fight against proposed closures of residential special schools
Helen McDonnell, chairperson, Board of Trustees of Salisbury School; Patrick Walsh president of the Secondary Principals' Association; and Brian Coffey, Group Manager Special Education - Ministry of Education.
09:25 Likely tax changes in Bill English's "sensible" Budget today
Chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers and former member of the tax working group, John Shewan, discusses the tax changes he expects in today's Budget.
09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie
The Olympic torch relay.
10:05 Kate Swaffer - younger onset dementia sufferer and advocate
Australian nurse-turned-catering business owner Kate Swaffer was diagnosed with younger onset dementia just before she turned 50. She has now become an advocate for people with the disease, writing a blog and lobbying the Federal Government for age appropriate resources and services.
She is one of the keynote speakers at Alzheimers New Zealand's Future Faces of Dementia conference being held in Wellington from May 24-27.
10:35 Book Review with Graham Beattie
The Faceless by Vanda Symon
Published by Penguin
10:45 Reading: Playing The King by Matthew O'Sullivan (4 of 5)
Hartley Manners begins the irksome task of learning his lines and is making good progress when an unexpected obstacle emerges.
11:05 New Technology with Donald Clark
SpaceX's successful launch; acoustic cloaks; pay-by-phone
11:20 Parenting: babies aged 0-12 weeks with Dorothy Waide
Dorothy Waide is a Karitane nurse and is known as the Baby Whisperer. She's has had a long career as a nanny to babies around the world - including for the children of celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, and Russell Crowe.
She's discussing babies aged 0-12 weeks (the "fourth trimester"), especially sleeping and settling.
11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis
Act donor Louis Crimp and the issue of free speech.