09:05 Teachers unprepared for inclusive disability education

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A leading education academic says teacher trainees are unprepared to offer true inclusive education. Dr Gill Rutherford, Senior Lecturer in Education and Disability Studies at the University of Otago's College of Education tells Lynn Freeman the standard of teacher training in New Zealand is inadequate, and the right to inclusive education must be enshrined in law.  A recent survey shows 78 percent of New Zealand schools are "mostly inclusive", up from around 50 percent in 2009. Dr Rutherford is joined by Giovanni Tiso of the Inclusive Education Action Group, whose two children are enjoying an inclusive education at Berhampore School in Wellington, but thinks this should be the rule rather than the exception; and Sally Thomas who is the National Co-Ordinator of the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education, an education programme for people with disabilities.

09:25 PM expresses 'concern' over ballet reports

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The Prime Minister and Arts Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's concerned about reports that the publicly funded national dance company, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, will not include any of this year's graduates from the New Zealand School of Dance. RNZ has been told that so far no young dancers from this year's graduates have taken up contracts with the ballet company. Last week a number of personal grievance cases were brought against the ballet company. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage is reporting to Ms Ardern on the situation with the company, which received nearly $5.4 million in public funding. Lynn Freeman talks with veteran dance critic Jennifer Shennan.

09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

At least five more MPs are caught up in the Australian citizenship drama; the Government announces a sweeping new set of laws relating to foreign influence in Australia, including a ban on foreign political donations; and the same-sex marriage legislation is expected to finally pass through the Parliament after the long process of a two-month volunteer postal survey, debate and vote in the Senate.

10:05 Julian Norton: The Yorkshire Vet

The stories of Yorkshire vet James Herriot, real name Alf Wight, remain favourites of generations of people who've read the books and seen the long running TV series All Creatures Great and Small. The Skeldale vet surgery where the stories were based does exist, in the Yorkshire village of Thirsk, and it's now home to a museum. The surgery has moved to a new site and the new vets have brought Thirsk back into the international limelight with a TV series on the Living Channel called The Yorkshire Vet. Lynn Freeman talks with Julian Norton who helms the series.

10:35 Book review

Louise O'Brien from NZ Books reviews The Beat of the Pendulum by Catherine Chidgey, published by VUP.

10:45 The Reading

The Play of Light by Fiona Farrell, read by Janet Fisher (part 3 of 5).

11:05 Music with Kirsten Johnstone

Music 101's Kirsten Johnstone takes a look at the best new Christmas music on offer, featuring songs from Sia, Sole Mio, Sam Sparro and Sufjan Stevens.

11:20 How human behaviour changes online

Dr Mary Aiken is a leader in the field of forensic cyberpsychology, a discipline that combines psychology, forensics and technology. She takes a look at the impact of technological advances on a range of things, including crime, charity, and human behaviour.

11:45 Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

Courtney talks to Lynn Freeman about Alec Baldwin and the fake painting; why people touch things in museums; and a piece of 1960s social housing enters the collection of one of Britain’s most eminent museums.




Music played in this show


Artist:   Iron & Wine

Song: Call it Dreaming

Composer: Beam

Album: Beast Epic

Time: 09:34


Artist: Sia

Song: Ho Ho Ho

Comp: Furler / Kurstin

Album: Everyday Is Christmas

Label: Atlantic / Monkey Puzzle

Time: 11:08


Artist: Sole Mio

Song: Mele Kalahimete

Comp: Pati / Pati / Mackay

Album: A Very M3rry Christmas

Label: Universal Music

Time: 11:15


Artist: Sam Sparro

Song: Last Christmas

Comp: Michael

Album: Christmas in Blue - EP

Label: Sparro, Inc.

Time: 11:21


Artist: Sufjan Stevens

Song: That Was the Worst Christmas Ever

Comp: Stevens

Album: Songs for Christmas

Label: Asthmatic Kitty

Time: 11:26