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Critter of the Week: Giant Weta Fungus

This week's critter is a super rare fungus that attacks giant weta. It's only been seen a handful of times and might be more threatened than the weta it feeds on! Audio

Friday 24 September 2021

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1:00 COVID update live

1:20 Encouraging friends and family to get vaccinated

Encouraging our friends and family members who may be vaccine hesitant or just putting it off can be a challenge.

One woman in Auckland has embarked on a fun way to encourage her friends and family to get vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Kira Mance Freire joins Jesse to explain!

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - 2021/08/25: Officials are seen at a vaccination centre in Christchurch.

Photo: Getty Images

1:31 Central Otago airport one step closer after assessment

The prospect of a new airport for Central Otago may be one stop closer after an initial assessment. 

The project is in the very early days but the idea is already prompting strong debate among the Tarras community. 

Project Director Michael Singleton tells Jesse what the preliminary assessment has found.

Project Director Michael Singleton.

Project Director Michael Singleton. Photo: PORT HILLS PRODUCTIONS LTD.CHRISTCHURCH

1:40 Planning for kākāpō breeding season

Conservation biologist for endangered birds Dr Andrew Digby has just returned from the motu of Whenua Hou and joins Jesse to talk about his work and the upcoming kākāpō breeding season.

The kākāpō Weheruatanga-o-te-Po nesting in 2019. Kākāpō are predicted to breed again in 2022.

Photo: Department of Conservation / Andrew Digby

1:50 A&P shows cancelled around the country

The Hawke's Bay A & P show is just one of many agricultural shows around the country to cancel this year due to Covid.

The Society's general manager Sally Jackson tells Jesse about the show's history and what New Zealanders can do to support the events industry.

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Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley

2:10 Film Review: Graeme Tuckett

2:20 Big moove: Using biofilters to remove methane

A chemical engineer and his team in Canterbury have found a novel way to help remove methane gas from the air. 

Peter Gostomski from the University of Canterbury tells Jesse how it would work and what impact it could have for the dairy industry.

Dairy cows in a milking facility in New Zealand.

Photo: 123rf

2:30 NZ Live REPLAY The Phoenix Foundation

Due to the current alert level restrictions we can't have any live performances in our studios. So we're replaying some of the stellar ones from 2020.

This week we're replaying The Phoenix Foundation session which took place in the Auckland studio in October 2020.

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Photo: Ebony Lamb

3:08 Warm Salad of Asparagus with New Season Potatoes, Hazelnuts and Poached Egg

Today Martin Bosley shares a lunch recipe that makes the most of the spring produce. He shares how to make this simple but delicious salad, that he recommends eating warm.

You can find out how to make his recipe here.

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Photo: Martin Bosley

3:16 Music 101: Yadana Saw

Yadana Saw is filling in as host of Music 101 here on RNZ this Saturday  from midday. She'll be talking about  what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on the  show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she picks us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly

3:25 DIY tips with builder, Stan Scott

Builder Stan Scott joins Jesse on the show to answer any DIY questions you might have. You can text 2101 or email jesse@rnz.co.nz to get answers from Stan.

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Photo: Public Domain

3:35 Critter of the Week Giant Wētā Fungus

This week’s critter is a super rare fungus that attacks giant wētā. It kills and covers its host with a white mould, producing little beige-capped mushrooms when it’s ready to spread its spores. It’s only been seen a handful of times and might be more threatened than the wētā it feeds on!

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Photo: Di Batchelor all rights reserved, used with permission

3:45 The Panel with Nikki Bezzant and Eli Matthewson