09:05 The battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces in the area of al-Shurah, 45 km south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from IS.

Iraqi forces in the area of al-Shurah, 45 km south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from IS. Photo: AFP

Iraq analyst and advisor to the US military led coalition Micheal Knights discusses the battle for Mosul & post ISIS plans once the fighting ends. Mosul, was declared as the de facto Iraqi capital of ISIS 's "caliphate" in 2014.The conflict in Iraq's second-largest city, is expected to result in a massive influx of displaced people to the Kurdistan region. What plans are in place to deal with this crisis?

09:20 Fighting tooth decay with fluoride varnish

A child's mouth showing rotten and decaying teeth.

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Nine to Noon hears from two District Health Boards which have begun painting fluoride varnish onto childrens' teeth, to fight decay - with positive results so far. Dental decay is the biggest cause of preventable hospital admissions, with nearly 6500 children and adolescents needing surgery under general anaesthetic in the 2013/2014 year - the most recent available period.

09:30 What do special needs children need in the classroom?

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As the Ombudsman investigates complaints about two schools confining special needs children in seclusion rooms, Kathryn Ryan talks with teacher and mum of three, Julie Hanify, who was diagnosed with ADHD and autism in her 40s. She's just written a book about her experiences, called A Small Blue Thing.

09:45 Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Peter discusses the recent claims of deliberate torture by the Australian government on Nauru, revealed in an Amnesty International report.

10:05 NZ's best backcountry huts

Writer and photographer  Shaun Barnett talks to Kathryn Ryan about his guide to the best huts of the beaten track. .  A Bunk for the Night, a Guide to New Zealand's Best Backcountry Huts. by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint.

10:35 Book review - "The Wonder" by Emma Donoghue

Reviewed by Jane Westaway, published by Macmillan.

10:45 The Reading

Slings and Arrows written and read by Sarah Boddy (Part 3 of 5)

11:05 Marty Duda's artist of the week

Songwriter Rod Temperton passed away this week at the age of 66. Because of his low profile he was known as “The Invisible Man”. The British-born musician is best known for his work with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, writing the title songs for both the Off The Wall and Thriller albums. 

11:20 The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer's New Zealand

Ngahiraka Mason is the guest curator of the Auckland Art Galllery's exhibition featuring more than 120 Māori and Pākehā portraits by late 19th and early 20th century painter Gottfried Lindauer.

11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

This week Siouxsie discusses the Japanese researchers turning mouse stem cells into eggs, a new diabetes test based on sweat and the invasive plants which dye yellow woodpeckers red