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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 13 February 2019

1:10 Nadia Reid live and solo

First today - welcome back to a friend of the show, the incredible Nadia Reid! She's in a tiny breather between tours and has taken time to jump into our Wellington studio to play a solo track. 

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1:15 Co-housing the key to closed property markets?

If you believe the hype, co-housing could be the way of the future.

But first thing's first: making sure everybody actually knows what co-housing IS.

Yesterday marked New Zealand's first ever co-housing hui, with bankers, architectural firms, builders and designers getting together in Wellington to discuss how to build up this burgeoning movement.

Massey University's social entrepreneur in residence is Thomas Nash, and he was at the conference - he joins us to explain a bit more about this innovative idea, and where it's headed in the future.

An architectural sketch of the Cohousing project

An architectural sketch of the Cohousing project Photo: Supplied by

1:25 Well-being in the schoolyard

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Photo: Lea Waters

How much does a child's well-being impact the way they can learn? And how do we go about defining well-being for children? 

Lea Waters is a psychologist and researcher who specialises in the relationship between children's emotional state and their ability to learn. 

Lea has just been in New Zealand speaking at Marsden College about how a "visible well-being" approach can be woven into into a daily curriculum.

1:35 Ngā Taonga: The Battle for Cassino 

75 years ago this week New Zealand soldiers, including the Māori Battalion, were fighting in one of the most brutal battles of World War II, as the Allies attempted to take the Italian town of Cassino and its landmark monastery which were held by the Germans. 

In the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision are recordings which tell the story of this battle and its impact on New Zealanders.  Sarah Johnston is going to play some of them for us today.

Listen to two 1994 Spectrum documentaries ‘Cassino Revisited’

1:40 Great album

2:10 Theatre with John Smythe 

2:20 Bookmarks: Suran Dickson 

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Photo: Suran Dickson

Our Bookmarks guest is a former schoolteacher who found herself walking  the corridors of power. As the founder of the anti-bullying charity Diversity Role Models, Suran Dickson was often named as one of the most influential LGBT people in Britain, and addressed audiences at the likes of Google, Goldman Sachs and MI6.  

She returned home to New Zealand three years ago. Her  and her work now revolves around talking to businesses and public organisations about leadership and inclusion. 

3:10 How to eat to save the planet 

Eat right, and you can save the planet.  But that will mean cutting the amount of meat and sugar we consume in half.  These are the findings of a study by the The EAT-Lancet Commission, an organisation that studies healthy diets and sustainable food production.

Thirty seven experts from sixteen countries have come up with a plan to feed the world's growing population without harming the planet. New Zealander Dr Sudhvir Singh is the  Director of Policy for the Commission and a co-author of the report.

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Photo: University of Auckland

3:35  Our Changing World

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

4:05 The Panel with Chris Gallavin and Tess Nicol