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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 23 March 2017

1:10 First song

1:15 Community Hemp Harvest

Hikurangi Enterprises' hemp trial is ready for harvest, and this Friday the community can come and smell, touch and smoke the plant, and learn what it's all about. The trust secured a licence from the Ministry of Health last year to establish a small trial crop of industrial hemp in Ruatoria. And now, about 5,000 plants are ready to harvest. Manu Caddie is the business development manager.

Hikurangi Enterprises' Hemp Crop

Hikurangi Enterprises' Hemp Crop Photo: Hikurangi Enterprises

1:25 The Controversial Okura Estuary Development

We've talked before on the show about a proposal to develop the southside of the Okura Estuary. The development was approved by the first Unitary Plan recommendations but that was overturned by the Auckland Council after opposition from people worried about the conservation impact of a residential development on the local ecology. Now the developer Todd Property is having another go, launching a new website to reassure people that they have the interests of the marine reserve at heart.

Evan Davies from Todd Property, and CEO of Te Araroa National Walking Trail Rob Wakelin, discuss the project.

Okura Estuary.

Okura Estuary. Photo: Supplied

1:35 Governing For The Future

It's election year and politicians can offer a lot of short-term vote-winning policies in the lead up. But are we governing with long-term goals in mind? And are we thinking about the future of our children? Victoria University of Wellington is holding a symposium at Parliament today, to explore how societies can exercise good governance not just for today, but for future generations.

It's called Improving Intergenerational Governance. And it will also be the launch of two books by Professor Jonathan Boston, from the University's School of Government. Jonathan has published on public management, social policy, climate change policy, tertiary education policy, and comparative government.

Improving Intergenerational Governance.

Improving Intergenerational Governance. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

1:40 Favourite album: The Woods by Sleater Kinney

2:10 Theatre Critic

John Symthe From Theatreview  reviews Anzac Eve by Dave Armstrong, which has been on at Bats Theatre in Wellington.

Jess Berentson-Shaw

Jess Berentson-Shaw Photo: supplied

2:20 Science fiction or science fact with Dr Jess

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a science researcher and communicator working for the Morgan Foundation, where she focusses on applying science and evidence to public policy. She also writes for the Spinoff parents about science and parenting.

She discusses family poverty, and how the country helps parents and kids from low income families best from a policy perspective?

2:30 The History of  Football in New Zealand

The winter football season is about to begin for thousands of New Zealanders.  Football is extremely popular in NZ.  However, we have literally hundreds of books on our rugby history and very little on our football history.

Historian, Grant Morris from Victoria University looks back on our obsession with soccer. 

Soccer: New Zealand plays Australia, 1922

Soccer: New Zealand plays Australia, 1922 Photo: Te Ara / Public Domain

3:10 Masterpieces: Margo Barton

Margo Barton is a Professor of Fashion, and the woman behind the iD International Emerging Designer Awards which are now in their 13th year. They attract hundreds of entries from around the world.

She is also a milliner, one of the only people with a doctorate in millinery in the world, and designs retro bathing suits.

She talks about her favourite item of clothing.

3:25 The Expats: Rowan Broughton in Connecticut

Rowan Broughton was on her way to the UK over 20 years ago when she stopped over in the US, and fell for an American.

3:30 This Way Up: Wandersearch

About two-thirds of people with dementia sometimes wander and get lost. It's a major problem facing carers, relatives, and the rescue services who have to find them. And if they're not found within 24 hours, then half of these wanderers end up seriously injured or even dead.

This Way Up's Simon Morton visited the police search and rescue team in Auckland to see how some locally designed technology, previously used to track kiwis in the wild, is now being used to track people.

WanderSearch system in action

WanderSearch system in action Photo: RNZ/Simon Morton

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

4:05 The Panel with Johnson Witehira and Max Ritchie