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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 13 August 2019

Knit a Critter

Knit a native NZ critter for our Knit a Critter competition. All items are donated to the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, via the Red Cross.

Your knitting or crocheted item can be shaped like the critter or knitted critter image on an item of clothing like a beanie or another creative idea you come up with. It's up to you!

For any wearable items, do please use pure wool.

You can find all the details here

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Photo: RNZ

1:10 First song: Rei

Kiwi hiphop sensation REI has gone from strength to strength since his debut album in 2017 as he experiments with different combinations of style, sounds, language and vibes.

He's in today for First Song to share a track from his third album The Bridge.

Rei - RNZ First Song

Rei - RNZ First Song Photo: Credit: Andre Upston

1:17 How talk to kids about climate change

Children can be perceptive and many are aware of the news of the day. 

Climate change is one of the biggest stories of our generation, so how do you talk to your kids about it? Should you bring it up?

That's the question Meg de Ronde posed on social media, asking her twitter followers for any tips on tackling this issue without scaring her kids. We ask her about the response she received. 

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Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

1:27 Yours Faithfully: TV Show about religion in New Zealand

We have a diverse range of beliefs here in Aotearoa, but how much do you know about them? A new TVNZ On Demand series looks into different religions, from the Kiwi perspective.  

Stand-up Comedian James Nokise visits sacred sites, meets leaders, and prays with worshippers to understand their faith in this 8-part series. 

We speak to director Bill Kerton about making the show, you can watch it here.


1:35 The Godzone Dictionary: A language guide for non-Kiwis

Sweet as, heaps, aroha, hard case - Kiwi vernacular is pretty unique. 

Whether it be slang or common Māori phrases, for visitors to the country, it can be hard to keep up. 

But no more! Language expert Max Cryer has written the definitive guide to speaking like a New Zealander. Max tells us about why he wrote The Godzone Dictionary.

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Photo: Ali Ventura


1:50 The Reading: John Bluck Serial 

It's time to join the writer and social commentator John Bluck as he continues his description of a very personal journey into intensive medical treatment. Let's hear the fourth episode in his series Who wants to be a Pakeha? The Art of Waiting.


2:10 Book Critic: Claire Mabey 

Claire Mabey reviews Wild Honey, Reading New Zealand Women's Poetry - an anthology by Paula Green. Peat by Lynn Jenner, and Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. 


2:20 Music Feature: Nicky Wuts on the vibraphone

Nicky Wuts is one of New Zealand's finest jazz vibraphonists, and joins us in the Wellington studio to explain how these unusual instruments work, and play us some of her favourite tunes.

Nicky Wuts and Chris Dann

Nicky Wuts and Chris Dann Photo: RNZ/Emile Donovan

3:10 Ben Elton on We Will Rock You: The Musical 

Long before Oscar winning Bohemian Rhapsody, comedian, writer and director Ben Elton knew there was incredible power in the music of Queen. His musical based on songs like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions spent more than a decade on the West End and is coming to Auckland.

Ben Elton talks about the musical, the power of a good rock ballad and why this project means so much to him. You can find show times and tickets here


3:30 Spoken Feature

RNZ's Elemental podcast is celebrating one hundred and fifty years of the periodic table of elements. Science producer Alison Ballance and chemistry professor Allan Blackman look today at Bismuth.

Bismuth is a heavy metal that expands when frozen, and can be used to levitate trains and soothe upset guts.


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

4:05 The Panel with Michelle Boag and Peter Dunne