Nine To Noon for Thursday 27 August 2015
09:05 Children's Commissioner report on Child, Youth and Family
Five thousand children are in the care of the state but a new report by the Children's Commissioner questions whether they are better off as a result of that intervention. In his first comprehensive review of Child Youth and Family, Russell Wills highlights a lack of monitoring, follow up and reporting, by the agency. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Dr Wills and Lucy Sandford-Reed, the Chief Executive of the Social Workers Association.
09:30 Should KiwiSaver kickstart have been axed?
Kiwisaver is likely to give middle and lower income New Zealanders a higher standard of living in retirement according to an independant evaluation of Kiwisaver by NZIER. The Financial Services Council who commissioned the report says that means KiwiSaver's $1000 kickstart was removed on the basis of inaccurate information. Treasury's report argued KiwiSaver was poor value for money and had not substantially increased New Zealanders' savings. Peter Neilson is the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Council.
09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie
The fallout from the air show disaster, immigration and the BBC's dropping of the Met Office for weather forecasts.
10:05 Munjed al Muderis - from Iraqi refugee to pioneering Australian surgeon
Kathryn Ryan talks to a Sydney-based surgeon at the forefront of osseointegration technology which has helped more than 100 amputees walk after being fitted with bionic titanium limbs. Dr Munjed Al Muderis had a privileged upbringing, born into one of Iraq's ruling families and beginning a career in medicine. But his life as a young medic in his homeland, under Saddam Hussein’s rule took a dangerous turn when he and other Baghdad surgical colleagues were ordered to mutilate the ears of army deserters. He refused and paid a people smuggler for a passage on a leaky boat bound for Christmas Island. After reaching Australian soil, he spent 10 months in a refugee camp, and upon release completed his orthopaedic training and became a pioneering surgeon.
10:30 Book Review: Whizzing All Over the Place: A Foreign Correspondent's Memoir by David Barber
Reviewed by Gyles Beckford
Whizzing All Over the Place: A Foreign Correspondent's Memoir by David Barber, Steele Roberts Publishing.
10:45 The Reading: The Marriage Mender by Sarah Quigley (Part 4 of 5)
11:05 New technology with Nat Torkington
The fallout from the hacking of the cheating website, Ashley Madison.
11:30 Parenting with Sarb Johal
Clinical and health psychologist Sarb Johal, and Associate Professor at Massey University on school holidays - are they fun or just a lot of hard work? Tips to make the most of school breaks.
11:45 Film reviewer Dan Slevin
Boxer film Southpaw, Romantic comedy set at Broadway production She's Funny That Way and comedy Vacation.
Music played in this show
Artist: Great North
Song: I Was Gold
Composer: Great North
Album: Up in Smoke