09:05 Australia back-pedals on fee hikes for Kiwis studying at Oz universities

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The Australian government has dropped its plans to make New Zealanders studying at Australian universities pay higher fees. It had proposed legislation which would have removed access to government subsidised fees for New Zealanders and permanent residents. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the lobby group Oz Kiwi.

09:20 Edgecumbe: home for Christmas?

A view from the air of the Edgecumbe flooding.

A view from the air of the Edgecumbe flooding. Photo: RNZ / Sharon Brettkelly

Whakatane District Council Mayor Tony Bonne talks to Kathryn Ryan about the on-going impact on Edgecumbe and the surrounding district of April's devastating floods. Seven months on, with a new stop-bank in the pipeline, and while donations of childrens' Christmas presents are coming in,150 flood-hit families won't be home for Christmas.

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Milligan

The Republican tax bill and the latest on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

10:05 Selina Tusitala Marsh: the force behind Pasifika poetry

Selina Tusitala Marsh reading one of her poems in the RNZ Auckland studio.

Selina Tusitala Marsh reading one of her poems in the RNZ Auckland studio. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

It's been a massive year for the Auckland-based poet and scholar, Selina Tusitala Marsh, who in August was chosen as the first Pasifika woman to be New Zealand's Poet Laureate. She has been awarded over $80,000 over two years by the National Library of New Zealand to create new work and promote poetry throughout the country. Dr Marsh was also the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, and last year she was selected to be the Commonwealth Poet to perform for the Queen. She currently lectures at Auckland University, specialising in Māori and Pacific literature, and is strong advocate for Pasifika poetry and literature.

10:35 Book review

Quentin Johnson reviews Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir by Tim Winton, published by Penguin.  

10:45 The Reading

Actor Bruce Hopkins is walking his father and brother’s ashes home to Rakiura/Stewart Island along Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail.Today in The Long Way Home – on a rest day in Auckland, disaster strikes Bruce loses something irreplaceable.

Have you seen this pouch?

Have you seen this pouch? Photo: Bruce Hopkins

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

11:30 Restoring one million metres worth of waterways

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The Million Metres Streams Project has a goal to restore a million metres worth of waterways, by planting native trees along the banks of rivers and lakes across the country. They're almost at the 25-thousand-metre point, so there's still some way to go. The aim is to reduce erosion and sedimentation, and improve water quality. It's something that everyone can get involved in - and this year the project is encouraging people to buy their friends and whanau a bundle of trees for Christmas, instead of opting for a scented candle, scarf or the dreaded pair of socks. Georgina Hart leads the project, and she joins Kathryn Ryan in the studio.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

The High Court rejection of an NZME/Fairfax merger and  the BSA finding against Seven Sharp on voting for the Maori Party.Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald.

Music played in this show

Artist:   Solomon Burke
Song: Everybody needs somebody to love
Composer: Berns/Burke/Wexler
Album: Solomon Burke: Home In Your Heart, The Best Of (Compilation)
Label: Rhino
Time: 9:43

Artist:   Mama Cass
Song:  Dream a little dream of me
Composer: Kahn/Schwandt/Andre
Album: Dream a Little Dream
Label: Dunhill
Time: 11:18

Artist:  Modern Maori Quartet
Song: Mareikura
Composer:  Awhimai Fraser
Album: That's Us
Label: Modern Maori Quartet
Time:  11.36