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Critter of the Week: Unsea lichens

22 Jan 2021

This first critter for 2021 has many names, including tree dandruff. DOC's Nic Toki explains to Jesse what Unsea lichens is and how Māori traditionally used it in a very clever way.  Audio

Friday 22 January 2021

Available Audio (10)

 

1:12 First Song:

1:17 Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki resigns

Following mounting pressure over the uplift of new born babies, the chief executive of Oranga Tamariki, Grainne Moss has resigned.

Jesse speaks to RNZ's Mani Dunlop about the events that have led her to step down today and who might be in line to take over the role.

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Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

1:27 Democracy fragility in the US overstated

Politics and International relations associate Professor Stephen Hoadley believes recent events in the US point to how robust their democracy is.

In an opinion piece he argues that recent commentary around how under threat democracy is in the Republic actually ignore how well it did stand up to what he calls "turbulent political traffic" He talks to Jesse about the article.

After last week's Capitol Riot the FBI has warned of additional threats against the US Capitol and in all 50 states.

After last week's Capitol Riot the FBI has warned of additional threats against the US Capitol and in all 50 states. Photo: AFP / 2021 Getty Images

1:35 New computer tool to locate shareholders of Māori freehold land

Researchers have developed a tool to help locate missing shareholders of Māori freehold land.

They have used a so-called "flaxroots" rethink of how technology can be used alongside communities to locate landowners.

Sydney Shep and Rere-No-A-Rangi Pope worked on the project and explain to Jesse how they have taken a cultural approach with technology to create the system.

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Photo: 123RF

1:50 Volunteers sought for Gorsebusters project

Organisers of a six day kayaking adventure is hoping to attract up to volunteer for a Gorsebusters project.

Baz Hughes of Okarito Kayaks explains to Jesse they will look after the keen kayakers for the time they are working on the Okarito lagoon, as long as they don't mind helping to clear away gorse and weeds from the area.

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Photo: 123rf.com

2:10 Film Review with Graeme Tuckett

Today Graeme looks at The and the Thief as well Dawn Raid.

2:20 NZ Live The Broken Heartbreakers

Their motto is "breaking broken hearts is our bread and butter". The Broken Heartbreakers are John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey. They are now based in Dunedin but are in Auckland for two concerts and joins us in studio B to perform live with a full band. 

The Broken Heartbreakers

The Broken Heartbreakers Photo: Petra Paignton (Petra Zoe)

 

3:08 Food: Blueberry and Coconut Cake with Magical Blueberry Glaze

Nicola Galloway of Homegrown Kitchen based in Nelson has been making the most of the summer bounty. She shares her delicious recipe for a summery cake topped off with her special glaze that gives it a magical finish.

You can find out how to make this at home here.

Blueberry and Coconut cake with Magical Blueberry Glaze

Blueberry and Coconut cake with Magical Blueberry Glaze Photo: Nicola Galloway

3:16 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from midday talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly

 

3:25 Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

Lynda Hallinan is still on holiday with her family and has come up with an ingenious way to keep her children busy.

She shares her tips for creating nature tables and propagating plants through the practice of foraging!

3:35 Critter of the Week: Unsea lichens

This week's critter has been described as "the essence of the Goblin Forest". Unsea lichens has many other names, such as tree dandruff, woman's long hair and beard lichens.

It was also used in that past by Māori to make nappies and sanitary pads. DOC's Nic Toki explains to Jesse just how clever that was given the antiseptic properties the lichen has.

Beard Lichen/Tree's Dandruff/Woman's long hair/Usnea lichens

Beard Lichen/Tree's Dandruff/Woman's long hair/Usnea lichens Photo: T Cegy CC BY-SA 3.0

3:45 The Panel with