09:05 Overhaul for Child Youth and Family

The Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley has just released the interim expert panel report for transforming CYF. 

09:25  The shape of China's economy & why it matters

As China's  President Xi Jinping makes his first state visit to the U.S. the  fate of the world's second largest economy has never seemed more important. China has been flirting with recession for months - but there are some signs of hope. Peter Churchouse is a Hong Kong-based, New Zealand finance and investment expert with more than 35 years' experience working in the Asian investment sector. Peter Churchouse set up Morgan Stanley's first Asian office and worked there for 16 years in several senior roles. 

09:30 Solar storms and the electricity network

While we're used to hearing about storms affecting infrastructure and electricity supplies, but solar storms or tsunamis also represent massive risks to electrical and technical systems. Solar storms occur when the sun hurls bursts of magnetic plasma into space which can compress, disturb earth's magnetic field and set off interactions with currents in conductors, wires and transformers. In March 1989 a solar storm caused the collapse of an electric power grid in Canada, which plunged 9 million people into an electricity blackout. Solar activity and winds are closely monitored because of the potential danger they pose to technology. Physicist Craig Rodger from Otago University is leading New Zealand research into reducing the possible damage to electricity infrastructure from very large geomagnetic storms.

09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie ​

10:05 Bringing back power to the people. Can civic duty ever be sexy?

What does it mean to be a good citizen and why does it matter?  Eric Liu is the Founder of Citizen University an organisation that promotes and teaches good citizenship. He wants to re-imagine civics as the teaching of power, and help communities re-frame what's possible in politics.
Eric Liu is the author of several books including 'A Chinaman's Chance', 'The Gardens of Democracy' and 'True Patriot'. He was a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He was recently appointed by President Obama to the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Eric Liu comes to New Zealand on October 3rd and will be a speaker at TEDx Christchurch.

Eric Liu

Eric Liu Photo: supplied

10:30 Book Review: The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

Reviewed by Gina Rogers, published by Macmillan

10:45 The Reading: The Phoenix Song by John Sinclair, told by Kat Wong (Part 12 of 12)

11:05 New Technology with Sarah Putt

Sarah Putt looks at Online voting, Data driven TV shows and asks if iPads are bad for toddlers.

11:30 Parenting - Anxiety in children

Dr Kaylene Henderson is an Australian child psychiatrist, parenting specialist and mother of three. Dr Henderson has created the research-based online course series for parents called 'Raising Good Kids: Managing Behaviour and Emotions in 0-5's' and a corresponding course series for early childhood professionals.

11:45 Film review with Dan Slevin

Dan discusses Sicario and Iris.


Artist: Andrew Keoghan
Song: Bright Idea
Composer: Keoghan
Album: Arctic Tales Divide
Label: Brave Beluga
Time: 10:06am

Artist: The Beatles
Song: Across the Universe
Composer: Lennon / McCartney
Album: Let it Be
Label: Apple
Time: 11.06am