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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 6 September 2019

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1.13 First Song: Marika Hackman – Wanderlust


Vintage Gollywog toy

Vintage Gollywog toy Photo: CC0 Public Domain

1:15 Golliwogs dividing New Zealand's crafting community

A group of women trying to call out racism in the crafting community says their message is being ignored.  They told the administrators of their crafting facebook group that the repeated images of knitted and crocheted golliwogs were offensive and should be removed. But they say rather than removing them, the group doubled down and has banned any conversations about sexuality, politics or race in the group.

The spokesperson for the concerned women is Renee Paku, who says golliwogs have an incredibly racist history and people need to understand this. And just because it is a toy, it doesn't mean its not offensive.


1:27 Blake Awards Youth Leader winner, Okirano Tilaia

Each year the Blake Awards acknowledge people who have shown great leadership and whose actions contribute to a better future for New Zealand.

This year a new category was added  and last night 17 year old Okirano Tilaia who led Cashmere High's response to the mosque attacks in Christchurch became the inaugral Blake Youth Leader. 

Okirano Tilaia

Okirano Tilaia Photo: Blake Trust

1:35 Opposition to proposed Hamilton Garden's revamp

The Hamilton Gardens are the most visited tourist attraction in Waikato, and are used to host a yearly arts festival and other events. The Hamilton City Council has plans to revamp the gardens, to make access easier. But not everyone is happy, because it involves turning a popular performance space, the Rhododendron Lawn into a carpark.

Hamish Nathan is the former director of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and wants the council to scrap the carpark idea.

Hamilton Gardens Development Plan

Hamlton Gardens Redevelopment Plan - the carpark area in green is currently the Rhododendron Lawn

Hamlton Gardens Redevelopment Plan - the area in green is currently the Rhododenron lawn Photo: Hamilton City Council

1:50 Announcement of winner of the 2019 Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency

We welcome back Steve Braunias for his annual announcement of the winner of his Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency Award, where winners get a week staying at Grey Lynn's mock-tudor Surrey Hotel, including their Sunday roast. 

The Surrey Hotel in Greylynn - built in the Tudor age (1989)

The Surrey Hotel in Greylynn - built in the Tudor age (1989) Photo: Supplied

2:10 Film Review: Graeme Tuckett

Graeme reviews IT Chapter Two and Apollo 11

2:20 NZ Live: Dillastrate

In just two years the pop duo, Dillastrate have toured the country NINE times.

They describe their sound neosoul pop and are working on their first full length album, and perform live from our Christchurch studio.


Dillastrate Photo: Supplied


3:10 Indulge yourself with Chilli, orange and white chocolate brownies

Sarah Tuck, editor of Dish Magazine has got a real treat to share from the Spring Issue of Dish.She's bringing into the studio her winning Chilli, Orange and White Chocolate Brownies.

Chilli, Orange and White Chocolate Brownies

Chilli, Orange and White Chocolate Brownies Photo: Sarah Tuck

3:20 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan talks about Waiata Anthems today.

NZ musicians perform their songs in Maori – Six60, Stan Walker, Shapeshifter, Bic Runga, Benee, Tiki Taane, Teeks, Sons of Zion, Tami Neilson and Hatea Kapa Haka.

Waiata Anthems

Waiata Anthems Photo: Supplied


3:30 Critter of the Week Sand Scarab Beetle/Pericoptus truncatus

It's critter of the week time! Nicola Toki, Doc's Threatened Species Ambassador introduces us to the amazing sand scarab beetle/pericoptus truncatus. 

The nomads of the beach, this critter is constantly moving back and forth across the sand with the tide as it specifically needs to be in sand that has 9-20% water content or it will saturate or dessicate - larvae have wolverine-like claws that they use like oars to essentially swim across the sand. 


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

4:05 The Panel with Leonie Freeman and David Slack