09:05 Pacific Islands Forum head on situation in Nauru

The suspended Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun remains without a passport and separated from his family here in New Zealand. Mr Kun's passport was confiscated six weeks ago when he tried to leave the country for New Zealand - he had been involved in anti-government protests.

There's been growing concern about the rule of law in Nauru with the recent expulsion of members of the judiciary, the suspension the MPs, and the removal of civil and political rights. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor visited Nauru this week, where she met with Nauru's President, members of the judiciary, as well as the suspended MPs.

09:20 Government halts abuse prediction study

The Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley has put a stop to an "observational study" of children to assess a new tool to predict the risk of abuse. The Ministry of Social Development commissioned Auckland economist Professor Rhema Vaithianathan to develop the model, which uses data about children and their families to identify those at risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse before the age of two.

But Ministry documents show officials tried to get ethics approval for a study which would risk-rate newborns and then keep a watching brief to check if the predictive tool worked.

Auckland economist Professor Rhema and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley discuss.

09:30 How to hack a car and take control

Chris Valasek successfully hacked a Jeep Cherokee using only a laptop, taking over so that the driver no longer had any control. He's the Director of Vehicle Security Research at IOActive... the hacking was all part of an experiment to prove just how vulnerable many high tech cars are to being remotely controlled.

The hacking was filmed by Wired.

09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie

10:05 Tech Entrepeneur Salim Ismail on building a start up

Tech entrepreneur Salim Ismail is the author of Exponential Organisations and Founding Executive Director of Silicon Valley based, Singularity University, which is part think-tank, part business-incubator.

He is about to visit New Zealand as a guest of Callaghan Innovation, to speak about how to build a start-up at a time when disruptive technologies and globalisation are transforming the way we do business.

He argues that it is time for a new model - what he calls the Exponential Organisation.

Details of his talk are available on the Callaghan Innovation website.

10:35 Book Review: The Predictions by Bianca Zander

Reviewed by Lynne Browning, published by Little Brown.

10:45 The Reading: Five Sons & 100 Muri of Rice by Sharyn Steel and Zoe Dryden

Read by Susan Wilson and Uma Giri (Episode 9 of 12)

11:05 New Technology with Sarah Putt

Sarah Putt discusses banning the robotic arms race; best cities for start-ups; and will connectivity influence house prices?

11:30 The benefits for children of working with animals

Louise Bourne is a former early childhood teacher who has long felt that kids spend too much time indoors. She decided to set up a rural experience programme for children at her three acre farm in Horokiwi near Wellington. Under her tutelage, kids learn how to feed and care for animals - from guinea pigs to horses, and spend time outdoors.

Children and dogs.

Children and dogs. Photo: Supplied.

11:45 Film reviewer, Dan Slevin

Dan Slevin discusses new releases Mr Holmes (Bill Condon); Self/Less (Tarsem Singh); and some more picks of the New Zealand International Film Festival.