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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 6 November 2019

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1:10 First song: Steve Gunn

American music sensation, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as "Rock's Best Kept Secret", Steve Gunn is in the country for a six stop tour which kicks off tonight at Auckland's Tuning Fork. Ahead of that, he's in today for First Song. Full details of his tour are here.

Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn Photo: Andre Upston

1:17 Threatened gull colony in remains of demolished Chch site

Ruins in the centre of Christchurch have become home for hundreds of the world's most threatened gulls.

The black-billed gulls have set up a colony of nests in the demolished remains of an office block on Armagh Street. 

Tarāpuka are only found in New Zealand, but usually near rivers, not on concrete piles. 

DoC Christchurch community ranger Vanessa Mander tells us about this unusual breeding place. 


1:27 "Rural trade me" allows online livestock sales

Once upon a time farmers had to go to auctions and pick out the livestock they wanted to purchase.

And while that is still available, the internet has provided a new way to buy and sell - a rural trade me if you will. 

StockX is an independent online marketplace run by those in the industry. Jason Roebuck is Managing Director and he joins us to explain how it works and why it's needed. 

Grazing cows in green meadow of hilly countryside during sunset in new zealand

Photo: 123RF


 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Polish refugee children arrive in Pahīatua

Last weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the arrival in New Zealand of over 700 Polish child refugees during World War II. Commemorations were held at Pahīatua, the site of the camp which was home to the children in 1944.  In today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, we will hear radio programmes about the children and the warm welcome they received.

Listen to a Spectrum radio documentary about their arrival in New Zealand: Will there Be Bread Tomorrow? 

1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Marie Niwenkunda

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 speaking to Marie Niwenkunda from Rwanda.

2.10 Podcast Critic: Alex Harmer

Alex reviews Elemental and Intelligence Matters.

2:20 Bookmarks: Dean Hall

Survival training for the NZ Army inspired Dean Hall to create the zombie apocalypse PC game DayZ. 

From there, the man known as "Rocket" founded his own gaming studio in Dunedin called Rocketwerks, employing 50 staff. 

He's now expanding into Auckland for a new game and is joining us in the studio here as today's Bookmarks guest.

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3:10 The underbelly of rock and roll

Misbehaving and rock and roll have always gone hand in hand. Sam Cooke, Jerry Lee Lewis,  Phil Spector, Sid Vicious even Elvis have a dark side. Jerry Lee Lewis famously married his 13 year old cousin, but he also had two other wives who died under mysterious circumstances. Jake Brennan has spent his whole life around the music industry. He shines a light on the shady side of famous musicians in a podcast and his new book, Disgraceland: Musicians Getting Away With Murder and Behaving Very Badly.

Rock n Roll Concert

Rock n Roll Concert Photo: Pixabay


3:35 Stories from Our Changing World Tracking inner city rats​

Victoria University researchers are radio-tracking urban rats in Wellington city suburbs in an effort to find out how large their home ranges are and help improve predator-free trapping efforts.

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

4:05 The Panel with Jacqueline Nairn​ and Chris Orr