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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 24 August 2018

Here is the winning entry of our flash poem competition, in honour of poetry day:

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Photo: Ali Ventura / Pablo

In case you missed it - here's yesterday's amazing live performance from 17 year old Papatoetoe High School student Silika Isaia

1:10 First song: 13 year old Jesse Hanan performs live

Jesse Hanan's Dad sent us some recordings of his son performing, we thought he was great and reckon you will too, so we invited him on the show to perform.

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Photo: Supplied

1:15 Why Australia's mess proves the worth of MMP

In the next hour, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to hold a party room meeting. It seems likely he won't have that title by the end of the day. 

As Michelle Grattan told us earlier this week, politics across the ditch is simply a shambles. But it's not unusual for the Aussies, who haven't seen a leader finish a full term since John Howard. 

It makes our political system in New Zealand seem pretty stable, in fact many say this puts to bed criticisms of MMP. 

Green MP Gareth Hughes has written about his impression of what's happening in a Australian and he joins us to explain more. 

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1:35 Tenth Annual Hamilton Circle

Hamilton has a very vibrant music scene. Not just Kimbra, though she is one of the stars to come out of there, and one who participated in what's called the Hamilton Circle.

Since the early 2000s musicians have gathered to performs songs, exactly two covers of a local band and one original. The event inspired similar ones in other cities across the country. 

Tomorrow the Tenth Annual Hamilton Circle will be held. To tell us more about its history is veteran Hamilton muso, Rohan Marx from band Mobile Stud Unit. 

1:40 Great album

2:10 Film Review with Richard Swainson

Richard reviews Lean on Pete and Book Club

2:20 Tom Scott on NZ Live

Tom Scott made his name rapping about youth, disenchantment, and blurry nights out as a member of the hip-hop troupe Homebrew.

Since then he's both left and returned to his beloved Avondale, and had a son, 18 month-old Quincy.

Now he's back with Avantdale Bowling Club - a fusion of hip-hop and free jazz, exploring ideas of home, idealism, fatherhood and growing up.

And Tom Scott is in the Auckland studio to talk a bit about the album and to perform some tracks for us.

Tom Scott and son

Tom Scott and son Photo: Cam Neale

3:10 Kelly Gibney's home made Pesto

Cook and food writer Kelly Gibney uses pesto as a way to eat more greens and use up those extra herbs and green veges in the fridge.

She shares her recipes for:

  • Kale & walnut pesto
  • Pistachio, mint & basil pesto
  • parsley & cashew pesto
  • Spring onion & coriander pesto
Kelly Gibney's home made pestos

Kelly Gibney's home made pestos Photo: supplied

3:20 Talk the Walk: Christchurch 360 trail

We're wandering an urban route on Talk the Walk today. The Christchurch 360 trail is a 135 km track which circles the city and walking along it you'll pass through wetlands, savannah, bush and the city itself.

Colin Meurk first proposed the trail in 1991 and tells us about it.

3:25 Critter of the Week

Hamilton’s frogs are home-bodies extraordinaire! – moving around only a few square metres in their entire life.  DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, explains that this is only one of the oddball features of this endemic frog – there’s no croaking, tadpoles or webbed toes either.

Hamilton's frog

Hamilton's frog Photo: CC BY-SA 2.5 Phil Bishop

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

4:05 The Panel with Alexia Russell and Dwayne Major


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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.