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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 29 May 2019

1:10 First song

1:15 Is it hacking or not? The budget scandal

The National Party has slammed the Government's allegation that it obtained information from computer hacking. 

It comes after Treasury announced it had been 'deliberately and systematically' hacked following the release of details about tomorrow's budget. 

Simon Bridges won't say how National got the information but says there has been no hacking. So what's going on? NZ Herald data journalist Keith Ng discusses the issue. 

National leader Simon Bridges talks to media about the Treasury Budget information leak.

National leader Simon Bridges talks to media about the Treasury Budget information leak. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

1:25 Donating winter energy payments to those in need

We're not yet in the grips of winter but the first of this years Energy Payments have been paid to help those in need prepare.

The payments go out automatically to those on a range of benefits, and the NZ super - even those who aren't in need of extra assistance. 

That's where the Super Warm Fund comes in. It was set up last year to allow for people to give the money back if they don't need it and donate to those who do.  Auckland Foundation's Chief Executive Mark Longbottom explains.

Homeless elderly woman sleeping rough in a park curled up against the cold autumn weather on a rustic wooden bench

Photo: 123RF

1:35 Sound Archives - Happy 150th Otago University!

New Zealand's oldest university, Otago, is celebrating its 150th birthday. An exhibition on its history opens at Otago Museum on Friday and over Queen's Birthday weekend, thousands of former students and staff will be gathering for a several days of celebrations. 

In today's visit to the sound archives we will visit some moments from Otago's 150 years with Sarah Johnston of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

1:40 Great album

2.10 Critic Hannah Banks

Hannah Banks reviews two shows that have just opened in Wellington's BATS Theatre: YES YES YES and Running Late. If you want to hear more about the consent play check out our interview with the creators here. 

2:20 Bookmarks Ahi Karunaharan

Our guest for Bookmarks today is Ahi Karunaharan. He's a kiwi playwright, writer for radio and director and he's snuck out of rehearsals for A Fine Balance at Q Theatre to pick the music and talk about art and literature that inspires him. 

A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance Photo: Q Theatre

Matt Blomfield

Matt Blomfield Photo: Photo supplied \ publicity

3:10 Matt Blomfield: Seven years of hell at the hands of Whale Oil

Words have power. No one knows that better than Matt Blomfield, a former Hell's Pizza executive who found himself the subject of an orchestrated attack by Cameron Slater on the blog Whale Oil  in 2012. 

Slater's blog described Blomfield as a psychopath involved in "drugs, fraud, corruption and more. The damage wasn't just online, two years after the blog posts, a masked gunman fired a shot at Blomfield at his home, in front of his children. 

For nearly 7 years, Blomfield fought to have his name cleared and finally won a defamation case against Slater. Author Margie Thomson tells his story of standing up to cyber bullying and how vulnerable we all are in the face of a digital attack in her new book Whale Oil. 

Matt Blomfield joins Jesse to talk about his long battle to clear his name

3:35 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

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

4:05 The Panel with journalist Alexia Russell and comedian Eli Matthewson