09:05 The final report of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty

Jonathan Boston is the co-chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty and a Professor of Public Policy at Victoria University's School of Government. The 78 recommendations in the group's report include a nationwide food-in-schools programme, introducing Government-backed loans to help low-income families avoid borrowing from loan sharks, a Warrant of Fitness for rental houses and passing on child support payments to sole parents on benefits.

Final report: Solutions to child poverty (pdf)

09:25 Pacific Island language expert hits out at governments' lack of support

Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin is the head of Samoan studies at Victoria University and recently resigned from the NZ Minister of Pacific Affairs Pacific Advisory Council, frustrated at what he says is the lack of commitment of successive Governments to fostering and supporting Pacific Island languages in New Zealand schools.

09:45 US correspondent Jack Hitt

The fight continues over the fiscal cliff, and does Hillary Clinton really have a chance for the 2016 presidential election?

10:05 Big Year Interview - Anna Guy

Anna Guy was caught in the middle of a grim murder case that captured the country's attention this year, when her husband Ewen Macdonald went on trial for the 2010 killing of her brother Scott Guy. He was found not guilty, but was sentenced to five years in prison after admitting to arson, vandalism and killing animals.

10:30 Book Review with Sonja de Freiz

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Published by Sceptre

10:45 Reading: Heaven Freezes by Fiona Kidman (Part 2 of 2)

An ex-farmer marries a young corportate go-getter after the tragic death of his first wife. But his rebuilt life is fragile and he begins to see that his new wife is unlikely to stay long.

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

The takeover bid for New Zealand IT company Endace.

11:30 Eric Murray - Olympic and world champion rower who's competing in the Fight for Life

Eric Murray is one half of the champion men's rowing pair which holds the current Olympic and World titles – since he joined forces with Hamish Bond in the pair nearly four years ago, they have never been beaten.

Eric is taking part in the Fight for Life this weekend (Saturday 15 December). He'll be in the ring with Warriors' rugby league player Manu "The Beast" Vatuvei.

11:45 TV reviewer Nick Grant

Previewing what will be on TV in 2013.

Music played in this show


Real Estate: 'It's Real'
from the 2011 album "Days"

Tiny Ruins: 'Little Notes'
from her 2011 debut album "Some Were Meant For Sea"

The Phoenix Foundation: 'Flock of Hearts'
from their 2010 album "Buffalo"

Dinah Washington: 'Call Me Irresponsible'
recorded in 1964