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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 11 September 2019

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1:10 First song: Ash Grunwald

If you're a lover of Blues then the name Ash Grunwald will be a familiar one. The Australian crooner has just released his newest album and is in New Zealand to announce his tour here later in the year. He's in our Auckland studio today for First Song.

First Song RNZ Ash Grunwald

First Song RNZ Ash Grunwald Photo: Andre Upston

1:17 Southland Charitable hospital campaign launch

Melissa and Blair Vining are campaigning for a charitable hospital to be set up in Invercargill. Their lobby for better services in Southland follows Blair's terminal bowel cancer diagnosis last year. The lack of services by the Southland DHB is driving them to try and establish a charitable hospital. Melissa explains what they hope to achieve at their initial meeting tonight.

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1:27 Arts month in September

The Arts Foundation wants to mark Arts Month in September by starting a conversation around the country about what art means to people. Central to getting communities to engage is Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai. She explains how she is going to communities to talk about art and encourage creativity which might not usually be involved with the arts.

Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai

Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai Photo: supplied

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives:  Te Māori

Thirty five years ago this week, an exhibition opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was to have a profound impact on how New Zealanders view and think about Māori culture.  It is even credited with helping the revival of te reo Māori. In today’s trip to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Sarah Johnston re-visits the phenomenon that was “Te Māori.”



1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor ​

Each week at this time we bring you stories from New Zealanders who were forced to leave their homelands and have resettled here.

Today we are talking to Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor from South Sudan

2.10 The Christchurch Art Gallery​ - celebrates te wiki o te reo Māori

Nathan Pohio, artist and assistant curator at Te Puna o Waiwhetū - The Christchurch Art Gallery - talks about two exhibitions currently on display -The Maori Moving Image and Tributes of Aroha.

2:20 Bookmarks: Mere Boynton - once a warrior

Mere Tokorahi Boynton is a singer and actor - she's most famous for her role as Mavis in the movie Once Were Warriors. It was there where she first got to showcase both her acting and singing in the same role.

She is one of the performers in the upcoming world premiere of "Witi's Wahine", a theatre show that celebrates the many inspirational female characters created by one of New Zealand's best known, most loved writers, Witi Ihimaera. The show features Boynton alongside other acclaimed actors, musicians and kapahaka champions - and debuts with three shows at Lawson Field theatre in Gisborne over Saturday and Sunday October 5 and 6th as part of the Tairawhiti Arts Festival. 

Mere Boynton

Mere Boynton Photo: Supplied

3:10 Documenting US/Mexico border migrants

19 years ago, before chants of 'build the wall' sounded at political rallies in America, photographer Jon Lowenstein started taking pictures of migrants who cross the US/Mexico border illegally in search of better lives. Time and again he has seen suffering and resilience on the migrant trail and once they arrive in America they try to survive as undocumented workers. His long term documentary project called Shadow Lives shines a light on the people behind the politics. 


3:35 Stories from Our Changing World. Green cities of the future

Cities of the future will be taller and more densely populated, but they should also be greener, as technologies being developed today begin to play a role in producing renewable energy.

Technology expert Peter Griffin meets Victoria University of Wellington and MacDiarmid Institute scientist Justin Hodgkiss to learn about flexible, more efficient solar panels.

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

4:05 The Panel with Lynda Hallinan and Shane Te Pou