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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 16 October 2019


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1:10 First song - Seth Hapu and Stan Walker

Seth Hapu has written and produced music for some of the biggest names on the New Zealand music scene -  Stan Walker, Sons of Zion and Maisey Rika.

At the same time he's been quietly chipping away on his own projects and last Friday was a special day for Seth as he released his anthem Cool Down with Stan Walker.

Seth Haapu - joined by Stan Walker for First Song on RNZ

Seth Haapu - joined by Stan Walker for First Song on RNZ Photo: Andre Upston

1:17 Half a million NZers suffering from "food insecurity"

Auckland's City Mission has unveiled what it describes as its most important piece of research in five years.

It suggests about half a million New Zealanders suffer from food insecurity - not having enough appropriate food to sustain yourself or your family.

The Mission's general manager of social services, Helen Robinson - who carried out the research - joins us to explain more.

Auckland City Mission

Auckland City Mission Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

1:27 Classical Cupid with Clarissa Dunn

RNZ Concert's Clarissa Dunn is in studio to play Classical Music Matchmaker! Clarissa will find classical music tailored specifically for you based on your personality.

Today she matches listener Janice with some classic clarinet tunes!

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Photo: RNZ

How to submit your own details for Musical Matchmaker:

Email your "dating bio" or details about what you're looking for to

And don't forget to vote for your favorite classical music in Setting the Score 2019.

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Rust and Restoration 

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Never-before seen film of the immediate aftermath of the 1931 Napier earthquake is now on show at the National Library  building in Wellington.  It is part of the first exhibition there by the national audio-visual archive, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, which has just moved into its new headquarters in the Library building opposite Parliament.

Today we are going to hear about this amazing footage with Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga – and listen to some gems from the sound archives which are also featuring in the new exhibition.


An excerpt from the Whetton 1931 Napier earthquake footage. Courtesy of Gloria Patterson and the Whetton whānau. 



1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Orphee Mickalad

Each week we chat to a former refugee, who's come to New Zealand and made it their home.

Today we're chatting to Orphee Mickalad, who left the Republic of Congo in central Africa after civil war broke out in 1997.

After nine years seeking refuge Orphee and his family settled in New Zealand in 2006.

2.10 Podcast Critic:

RNZ's Paul Bushnell is in to talk about drama podcasts, and has three recommendations of gritty, gripping audio series to listen to.

2:20 Bookmarks with musician Vorn Colgan

Wellington singer/songwriter and musician Vorn Colgan is playing a series of shows around the country coming up - with a unique selling point.

He's in the Bookmarks hotseat to chat a bit about his favourite books, music, and movies.

NZ Live - Sea Shanty Society

Vorn Colgan (L) and Lake McKenna. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

3:10 Can you really achieve anything if you try hard enough?

It's a noble idea: that anyone can do anything with enough hard work and perseverance. 

But the idea that merit can overcome poverty, inequality and social class is a myth, says Professor Daniel Markovits. 

He's attended and taught at some of the most elite universities in the world and says the system really is rigged for the rich and that hurts everyone.

He offers his solution in his new book, The Meritocracy Trap.  

Daniel Markovits

Daniel Markovits Photo: Supplied

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

Maori know it as pua reinga, 'flower of the underworld' and waewae atua, 'toes or fingers of the gods'. Botanists know it as Dactylanthus and it's New Zealand's only fully parasitic native flowering plant. In this story from the Our Changing World archives, Alison Ballance heads to Pureora Forest to find out more about this remarkable enigmatic plant.

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

4:05 The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and Selwyn Manning