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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 14 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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1:10 First song: The Raddlers

Christchurch Indie band The Raddlers happened quite by accident and to share the story of their formation and a track from their new EP, they head into our Christchurch studio for first song.

The Raddlers

The Raddlers Photo: Supplied \ The Raddlers


1:17 New organisation for New Zealand's book scene

Book and publishing organisations have come together to create The Coalition of Books, an umbrella agency for New Zealand books and writers. 

The plan is to develop initiatives for authors, booksellers, and festivals, and overall, strengthen the literary sector. 

We ask Steve Braunias, Editor of Newsroom's Reading Room, and the man we turn to for all things literary, what this new organisation means for Kiwi authors.


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1:27 The importance of pruning your lilly pilly

A message has gone this week from scientists trying to tackle the insidious fungus that causes myrtle rust: prune your lilly pilly hedges.

The fungus attacks young stems and leaves but it's less likely to take hold when it's cold - so the perfect time to prune is now.

To explain how lilly pilly and myrtle rust are connected, we're joined by Dr Robert Beresford, from Plant & Food research, on behalf of the Beyond Myrtle Rust Programme.

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1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Ed Hillary and Everest, 1953.

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Sixty-six years ago this week, a triumphant Sir Edmund Hillary returned to New Zealand after successfully climbing Mt Everest in May. 

In today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, we will hear about the hero’s welcome that he received and his famous comment about ‘knocking the bastard off.’


1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Kazimiya Shahwali

Each week we bring you a story of New Zealanders who come from other countries and resettled here through refugee programmes. Today we speak to Kazimiya Shahwali, a Kurdish woman who arrived here in 2001 and now calls Hamilton home.

She and her family run a rather famous bakery, Kurdish Naan Bread. We talk to her about the business and how she came to live here. 


2.10 Ron Brownson on the Colin McCahon Auckland exhibition

This month marks 100 years since one of New Zealand's most celebrated and significant artists, Colin McCahon, was born.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has put together an exhibition to celebrate his work and the special relationship he had with the city.

Ron Brownson is one of two curators of the A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland exhibition he tells us about the project. 

2.20 Bookmarks with author Eirlys Hunter

They say Write What You Know and Eirlys Hunter knew children's books. She completed an MA in Creative Writing in 1998 and has had her stories read on RNZ as well as seeing them appear in NZ literary journals Sport, Landfall and Best New Zealand Fiction.

Her latest work for children, The Mapmakers' Race, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for this year's NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

She joins us to talk through some of her favourite music, movies, books and TV shows.

Illustrator Kirsten Slade and Author Eirlys Hunter

Illustrator Kirsten Slade and Author Eirlys Hunter Photo: Vanessa Rushton Photography

3:10 Ben Lewis: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting

It was considered the Holy Grail of the art world, a portrait of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci painted in the 16th century, then  lost to history.  But two sharp eyed art dealers bought it at an auction in New Orleans for less than 2 thousand dollars. It would later sell  for more than 450 Million. But is it really a da Vinci original?

Ben Lewis searches for the provenance of the art work and paints a picture of how greedy and unscrupulous the art world can be in his book The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting. 

Visitors view the painting 'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York Auction House.

Visitors view the painting 'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York Auction House. Photo: 2017 Getty Images


3:35 Stories from Our Changing World


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

4:05 The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and Raybon Kan