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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 30 August 2019

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1:17 Free lunches in New Zealand schools

Yesterday the Government announced a free daily lunch trial from the beginning of next year. The scheme will be piloted at 30 schools around the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne. It will be extended to 21,000 children the year after. 

The idea of free lunches has been touted as a solution to end hunger for Kiwi kids for a while.

Clarissa Mackay, founder of advocacy group Eat Right Be Bright, called for an initiative like this on our show last year. She's back with us now to discuss the plan. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, at Kaitao Intermediate School in Rotorua, announces free lunches for schools.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, at Kaitao Intermediate School in Rotorua, announces free lunches for schools. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly


1:27 The untold story of Kiwi "runaway millionaire" Kara Hurring

What would you do if you looked at your bank account and suddenly there was $10 million in it? You know it's a mistake, an error. Do you tell the bank? Or do you run?

One young Kiwi couple took the second option in 2009, fleeing with their unearned fortune to start a new debt-free life in China. 

The two-year-long manhunt for Kara Hurring and Leo Gao captivated the world, and Kara's story is now the subject of a telefeature, Runaway Millionaires, on TVNZ. Pip Hall wrote the script and joins us in studio to tell us more. 

Jess Sayer stars as Kara Hurring in Runaway Millionaires

Jess Sayer stars as Kara Hurring in Runaway Millionaires Photo: TVNZ


1:35 New programme to recycle pens and stationery 

Plastic bags are no more, straws are next in line, and most workplaces and homes are looking for ways to recycle properly. 

But have you ever thought about pens? Most of us use them until we lose them. And traditionally, if they are chucked away, they just end up in landfill. Until now.

A new programme has launched in New Zealand today, a partnership between stationery company BIC and recycling company TerraCycle, to make pens, markers, and highlighters 100 percent recyclable.

Daria Romanos from TerraCycle is here to explain how it works. 

Kereu Primary school students test a new recycling programme

Kereu Primary school students test a new recycling programme Photo: TerraCycle


1:50 Donna Hay comes to New Zealand

One of the most famous cookbook authors in the Southern Hemisphere, Donna Hay, is coming to New Zealand to chat about her life. 

With more than 7 million books sold, she's got a fair bit to say about her career, and naturally, food. She's on the line from Australia now to tell us what the tour, An Evening with Donna Hay, is all about. 

Donna Hay

Donna Hay Photo: Supplied


2:10 Film Review: Ali Ventura

Ali reviews Booksmart and the documentaries showcased at the Loading Docs 2019 Launch. 

Loading Docs - Operation RAMBU!

Loading Docs - Operation RAMBU! Photo: Loading Docs


2:20 NZ Live - Blam Blam Blam

Blam Blam Blam would be significant to New Zealand music if just for the song “There Is No Depression in New Zealand." It is heard in movies and TV shows, it has survived being an anti-anthem for the Springbok tour of 1981 and it survives to this day. 

The members of Blam Blam Blam all continued to make music under various guises through the 1980s and to the present day. Now they have reformed to play at The Others Way Festival tonight in Auckland, and two more shows over the weekend. Details are here

Blam Blam Blam

Blam Blam Blam Photo: Blam Blam Blam


3:10 Delissimo Deli's Macedonian Gulash Soup

Zan Stoev of Delissimo Delicatessan Cafe in Auckland's Eden Terrace grew up helping to cook the family meals back home in Macedonia and began his career in hospitality at 18.

After migrating to New Zealand in the late 90's, he became a student in his field and went on to open his own eateries. Today he lets us into the secret of his cosy winter Macedonian Gulash Soup. Full recipe here. 

Macedonian Gulash Soup

Macedonian Gulash Soup Photo: Delissimo Delicatessan Cafe


3:20 Music 101 with Charlotte Ryan


3:30 Critter of the Week: Boulder butterfly 

This week DoC's Threatened species Ambassador Nicola Toki tells us about New Zealand's second smallest butterfly, the boulder butterfly or Lycaena boldenarum.

You're most likely to see these butterflies along a river on a sunny day, showing off their colourful wings - but when they're wings are closed, they're almost invisible. 


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

4:05 The Panel with Tayyaba Khan and David Cormack