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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 20 July 2018

1:10 First song

1:15 Romance scams online fleece New Zealanders out millions

The latest report from Netsafe shows that in the first quarter of this year New Zealanders were conned out of 7.9 million dollars through online romance scams.

That compares with 1.4 million dollars being scammed from people for the whole of 2017 here.

Netsafe director of technology and partnerships Sean Lyons talks about what is going on and who's being targeted.

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Photo: 123RF

1:25 Largest NZ poetry collection housed in a converted garage

The largest collection of New Zealand poetry is being stored in a converted double garage in suburban Wellington.

Dr Niel Wright has amassed more than 5,000 works and has meticulously stored and archived each one in his retro-fitted garage in Northland.

The collection is known as the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa and can be viewed by the public.

Dr Wright discusses what prompted him to start his incredible collection and who usually stops by to look through.

Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa

Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa Photo: supplied

1:35 We Want Our Dogs Back NZ

In light of the good news that Auckland cavoodle Bowie was reunited with her owners 3 months after going missing a Facebook group is pointing to other dogs still missing.

The We Want Our Dogs Back NZ, 30 Days and Counting facebook page is run by people dedicated to helping owners find their beloved pets.

Marie Jones set up the page and talks about how social media helps to find lost dogs and how some owners are still searching 7 years after their pet went missing.

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Photo: Facebook / We Want Our Dogs Back

1:40 Great album - Stephen Stills eponymous first solo album

2:10 Film review with Richard Swainson

Richard Swainson reviews The Equalizer 2 and Stray

2:20 NZ Live: Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia AKA James Milne performs new music from his upcoming fourth album Absolute Truth.

The songwriter and musician from Christchurch has released singles throughout the year, part of what he calls his "Singles Club", with help from a kickstarter campaign. 

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Photo: supplied

3:10 Kelly Gibney talks porridge

Food writer Kelly Gibney shares her best tips for making porridge, with and without rolled oats. She also tells us how to make her tasty recipe Indian spiced brown rice porridge

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Photo: Supplied / Kelly Gibney

3:20 Talk the Walk: Te Whara Track

Ros Cole-Baker tells us about Te Whara track, also known as Bream Head, which is near Whangarei and rated as one of the country's most spectacular day walks.

The track follows an ancient Māori trail from Ocean Beach to Urquharts Bay, passing through coastal forest, with incredible ocean panoramas.

Te Whara Track near Whangarei

Te Whara Track near Whangarei Photo: DoC/Miles Holden

3:25 Critter of the Week: NZ glow worm

NZ glow worm larvae

NZ glow worm larvae Photo: Emma-Louise Crawford

This week DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nic Toki introduces us to the NZ glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, or Titiwai - the constellation of the caves! Like most glow worms, these critters aren't actually worms, they're a fungus gnat. New Zealand has over 300 species of fungus gnat but only one - arachnocampa luminosa - that produces light. 

Titiwai need damp places to construct their snares, as shown below, and are therefore usually spotted in caves or tunnels. They're under threat by spiders and a white fungus that attacks glow worm pupae. 

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Photo: Phil Bendle

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Lisa Scott and Jonathan Krebs


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Photo: RNZ/Liminal/DoC


NZ is full of amazing native creatures, and many of them are not cute and pretty! We are celebrating those less loved critters with some limited edition t-shirts illustrated by the amazing @giselledraws.

She was assisted by science advisor Mike Dickison and DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki.

To order a t-shirt please click here.


We have set aside 5 dollars from every t-shirt sale and plan to donate it to a community volunteer group that is working on local habitat protection or critter conservation. To apply please email us details of what your group does and what you would do with the money.

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