09:05 New regulations for the sale of NZ farmland to overseas investors

From December, ministers will have "extra flexibility'' to consider a wider range of issues - including large-scale ownership of farmland - when assessing overseas investment applications for sensitive land. However, the Overseas Investment Act will not be changed because Finance Minister Bill English says the uncertainty would outweigh potential benefits. But government ministers will be able to consider New Zealand's economic interests and whether an overseas investment provides opportunities for local involvement. Sir Bruce Slane, a member of the Save the Farms lobby group and former president of the NZ Law Society; David Boswell, Partner at law firm Bell Gully, who specialises in overseas investment.

09:25 Mixing prayer and policy-making

Rev Jim Wallis, one of President Barack Obama's spiritual advisers, and a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life.


Dunedin - Taking part in a Conference on Faith, Ethics and Public Life hosted by the University's Centre for Theology and Public Issues at Dunedin's historic First Church on Tuesday 28 September 2010.

Wellington - Jim Wallis will speak in Wellington on 29 September, 5:30-7:30pm at Room AM102, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Victoria University (Gate 7, top of Kelburn Pde, opposite Wishbone) on 'Why the right gets it wrong and the left doesn't get it'.

Auckland - part of the Salvation Army Just Action Conference 2010
Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau City, Auckland
Thurs 30 September: 8.30am - 5.15pm, speaker Jim Wallis starts at 7.30pm.

09:45 US correspondent Jack Hitt

Discussing the new polls which are showing some good news for the Democrats.

10:05 Robert Swan - environmentalist

Robert Swan, the first man to visit both poles unassisted. His was a feat achieved against the odds, and at a huge personal cost - he'll talk about his commitment to preserving these precious environments.



10:30 Book Review with Phil Vine

Settler's Creek by Carl Nixon
Published by Random House NZ Vintage

10:45 Reading

Dissolve by Tracy Farr

Precious oyster shells from a bygone era are treasured in this post-apocalyptic tale.

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Rod rounds up three current, politically-driven business issues: Transpower; foreign investment; and Labour's GST plans.

11:20 Vicki McAuley - wife of the late Trans-Tasman kayaker Andrew McAuley

Vicki is the author of Solo: A Man, A Kayak, An Ocean by Vicki McAuley published by Pan MacMillan.

11:45 Media commentator Denis Welch

Denis takes a look at the use of language - specifically, labeling people according to their occupation or offenses.