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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 5 July 2019

1:10 Soaked Oats live in studio

Dunedin four-piece Soaked Oats are back in town, having sold out venues across Australia over the past few weeks to promote their new EP, Sludge Pop, released last month.

They're playing a bunch of shows across the country, including a sold-out gig in Mt Maunganui tonight, as well as gigs in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, and join us with a wee sneak peak.

Soaked Oats

Soaked Oats Photo: Supplied/lisa@the label

1:15 International cult conference this week in Manchester

Cults and mysterious new-age movements seem to be popping up all over the place, so it seems appropriate that they're the focus of a conference this week in Manchester, hosted by the International Cultic Studies Association.

Journalist Anke Richter will be attending the gathering and joins us to explain why they're such a fascinating topic right now, and what she's expecting.

Actress Allison Mack, who was involved with the NXIVM cult, arrives at court with her lawyer

Actress Allison Mack, who was involved with the NXIVM cult, arrives at court with her lawyer Photo: Johannes Eisele/ AFP

1:25 A hat thief is on the loose in Christchurch

The Christchurch Star is reporting that a CRIMINAL is on the loose on the streets of Christchurch.

And not just any criminal.

A HAT THIEF. And one with exquisite taste too.

Eighty-nine year-old Jim McLachlan was the victim of this senseless crime and joins us to explain a bit more.

And if you have any information about the location of the hat - or if you happen to own a Scottish clothing store and want to send Jim a replacement - you can contact the original reporter of this story, Louis Day, on 021 919 917

Jim McLachlan

Jim McLachlan Photo: Supplied/The Christchurch Star

1:30 Wanted: a C Osborne in Wellington

Lost and found is a bit of a recurring theme of today's programme - because a mysterious package, addressed to a certain C Osborne in Wellington, arrived at the doorstep of Andrew Chen.

Andrew's now embarked on an Odyssey to find the rightful owner of the package, and is on the line with his appeal.

Mysterious C Osborne package

Mysterious C Osborne package Photo: Supplied/Andrew Chen

1:35 Kiwi board game company teases launch of new game focusing on te reo Māori

Kiwi board game company Game Kings is making a board game aiming to help people learn te reo Māori and use it more in everyday life. It's called Tākaro, and the idea is proving popular with fundraisers and fans alike.

Game Kings director Eliot Jessep is with us to explain the concept and how it works.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Film Review: Richard Swainson

Our regular film critic Richard Swainson takes a look at two films this week - Toy Story 4 and Anna.

2:20 NZ Live - Mini Simmons

Mini Simmons

Mini Simmons Photo: Supplied/Mini Simmons

Mini Simmons are your ultimate 70s throwback band, from their tasty guitar licks to their (less than?) tasteful facial hair.

They've just released their debut, self-titled album, and are about to embark on a nationwide tour to promote it - so they're in the Auckland studio to give us a taste of their sound.

3:10 Food: Annabelle White - Simply The Best Banana Cake 

School Holidays begin today and Annabelle White is super keen to get kids into the kitchen. She is in studio today to give her top 5 hot tips for baking and to share her recipe for what is Simply the Best Banana Cake . The recipe can be found here

Annabelle is also presenting at  The Food Show which is on in Auckland from the 25-28 July. Full details are here

Simply the Best Banana Cake

Simply the Best Banana Cake Photo: Supplied: Annabelle White

Lynda Hallinan

Lynda Hallinan Photo: supplied

3:25 What to do in the garden this weekend and what to wear!

Gardening guru Lynda Hallinan is getting ready for the weekend - and so should you!

She'll give us the low-down on what you should focus on in the garden this weekend - and what you should wear while you're doing it!

 

3:35 Critter of the Week Mountain Stone Wētā / Hemideina maori

Nicola Toki - Doc's Threatened Species Ambassador joins the programme today to tell us all about the Mountain Stone Weta.

They can be found in many central mountain ranges on South Island of New Zealand, in the alpine zone above the tree line in the scree slopes high in the Southern Alps.

Although classified as a tree weta, they actually live in tree-less places – tune in to find out more!

There are TWO DAYS LEFT for you to take the Garden Bird Survey - you can find all the details here.

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

4:05 The Panel with Penny Ashton and Bernard Hickey