09:05 Competition for tech jobs predicted to ramp up

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Photo: Digital Skills Forum report on "Digital Skills for a Digital Nation"

Industry's increasing reliance on technology could worsen fierce competition for top specialist talent next year. As part of its annual Salary Survey the recruitment company Robert Walter's has canvassed hiring managers from hundreds of firms in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch within its client base. It found an increasing number of organisations embarking on digital transformation and risk management projects simultaneously, contributing to skills shortages. So how do we build the digital economy? Robert Walters New Zealand Director is Shay Peters. Victoria Maclennan is the Co-Chair of NZRise, the Chair of the Digital Skills Forum and a member of the ministerial advisory group on digital economy and digital inclusion.

09:20 Bucking the summer reading slump

Dr Rachel Williamson, who leads summer reading pilot programme to help children retain literacy levels over long holidays.

Dr Rachel Williamson, who has lead summer reading pilot programme to help children retain literacy levels over long holidays. Photo: supplied

Literacy skills in children built up throughout the academic year can easily be lost over the long summer break. This summer slump can set some children back months in their learning. Dr Rachel Williamson from the University of Auckland was part of the team that developed The Summer Learning Journey pilot which has been running for four years and has had impressive results in keeping literacy levels up and helping children be ready for the new academic year. 

09:45 APEC PNG aftermath & Vanuatu volcano evacuees

Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta looks at the fallout from the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea, including the damage caused by PNG security forces during a rampage through parliament over unpaid allowances. Also, a prominent broadcaster is suspended for his reporting of the summit, then reinstated after a public outcry. And, four months on, Vanuatu's volcano evacuees face an uncertain future, they still can't return to the island of Ambae.

APEC Port Moresby, PNG

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins

10:05 Fight of his life. Trans boxer Thomas Page McBee

Thomas Page Mc Bee

Thomas Page Mc Bee Photo: Kait Miller

Thomas Page McBee is perhaps better qualified than many to understand the complexities of gender. The author, journalist and columnist was the first trans man to box in Madison Square Garden, is a "masculinity expert" for VICE, and worked as a television writer for the forthcoming Netflix show, Tales of the City. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about his new memoir 'Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man'.

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Photo: https://www.thomaspagemcbee.com/

10:35 Children's book review 

Rachel Eadie from Scorpio books reviews two titles:

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend, which is published by Hachette
My Little Gifts - a book of sharing by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey, and published by Abrams.

10:45 The Reading - Ghost Dance

Ghost Dance written and told by the late Douglas Wright, final episode. 

Douglas Wright - Ghost Dance

Douglas Wright - Ghost Dance Photo: supplied

11:05 Public Image Ltd, Shayne Carter & Roots Manuva

Music reviewer Grant Smithies​ with a couple of songs from  Shayne Carter's back catalogue, plus post-punk and dancehall gems from Public Image Ltd and Roots Manuva. 

11:30  Warriors' exit, Black Caps' meltdown, U17 FIFA women

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer delves into Shaun Johnson's swift and messy exit from the Warriors, the Black Caps embarrassing meltdown in the desert and the extraordinary run of the NZ U17 team at the FIFA Women's U17 World Cup. 

New Zeaalnd under-17 womens football team for 2018 World Cup.


11:45 A behemoth bovine and baby name trends

The week that was with comedians Radar and Melanie Bracewell. What's in a name? Would you call your child Peace, Rainbow or Harmony? What about Leviathan or Rogue, or something a bit more consumable like Kale or Maple? BabyCenter  has compiled a list of what parents named their babies in 2018. Also a massive Aussie cow called Knickers, which is too big for the abattoir.