09:05 Hekia Parata on school funding

09082016. Photo Rebekah Parsons-King. Caucas run. Hekia Parata.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Kathryn Ryan talks to Education Minister Hekia Parata about changes to the way schools are funded. Schools find out today how much extra they'll get out of a new $12.3m fund targeting the children of long term beneficiaries. They also discuss whether there's enough spent on special education, and the widespread concern among teachers over the global funding proposal.

Alleged ISIL fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists' flag at an undisclosed location in Anbar province

09:30 Planning for a post Islamic State Iraq

The days of Islamic State controlling large swaths of territory and major cities in Iraq and Syria appear to be numbered with an assault one of its last strongholds, the Iraqi city of Mosul, expected soon. Military planners are now looking towards the next stage of the war against IS, which is likely to become a rural counter-insurgency operation much like the conflict between Al Qaeda and US forces after the 2004 invasion of Iraq. Michael Knights is an analyst and Iraq expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

09:45 Australia Correspondent Bernard Keane

Australia correspondent Bernard Keane

This week Australia Correspondent Bernard Keane talks about China and deteriorating relations between the economic powerhouse and Australia. There's also a Labor senator in hot water after he accepted donations and gifts from a company linked to the Chinese Government.

10:05 The technological advances shaping our future

Kathryn Myronuk is an expert on the technological advances shaping our future. She helped create Singularity University in Silicon Valley, an organisation devoted to studying how different technologies will affect the world over the next decade and the impact on employment. She'll be in Christchurch in November for Singularity U New Zealand summit.

10:35 NZ Books Review - Please Do Not Disturb by Robert Glancy

Reviewed by Louise O'Brien, Published by Bloomsbury

10:45 The Reading

Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall read by Katherine McRae (Part 8 of 10)

11:05 Marty Duda's artist of the week, Sonny Rollins

Saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins is considered that last of the sax greats and his playing is on par with names like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. He’s been active since the early 1950s, playing with everyone from Coleman Hawkins to John Coltrane to McCoy Tyner. He’s even recorded with The Rolling Stones, that’s him on Waiting On A Friend

11:30 Friendships with benefits, why having mates helps you stay drug free

Drug and alcohol expert Professor David Best talks to Nine to Noon about creating a sense of community for recovering and recovered addicts.  Until recently responses to addiction focused on treatment, and little attention was paid to what happens next.....now that's changing.

Professor Best is in New Zealand attending The Cutting Edge Addictions Conference in Rotorua.

11:45 Law commentator Ursula Cheer 

Prof. Ursula Cheer, dean of the school of law at the University of Canterbury

Prof. Ursula Cheer, dean of the school of law at the University of Canterbury Photo: supplied

University of Canterbury Professor of Law, Ursula Cheer, discusses Melania's Trump's defamation claim against the New York based US publisher of MailOnline, Mail Media Inc, and a US blogger named Webster Griffin Tarpley.