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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 12 December 2019

1:10 Theia performs her Christmas song Te Kaiwhakaora O Te Ao

All this month we've had finalists in our Write an Original Christmas song in to perform their songs live - many of the entrants are musicians you may not have heard of, but we also had songs from well known artists including chart topping pop singer, Theia

She wrote a Christmas song in te Reo, called Te Kaiwhakaora O Te Ao - which she has also recorded and released - You can find it on our RNZ Christmas spotify playlist.

She joins us in our Auckland studio with some very special guests to perform it live.


1:17 Underwater speakers draw fish to dead coral reefs

A team of researchers have experimented with placing loudspeakers underwater in areas where coral is dying, to see if the sounds of a healthy reef would lure fish back to the area. Dr Mark Meekhan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science tells us what happened.

Dr Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science

Dr Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science Photo: Supplied

1:27 Former PM Jim Bolger given honorary doctorate

Former prime minister Jim Bolger has accepted an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato, where he served as the University Chancellor for 12 years before retiring earlier this year.

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Photo: RNZ/Rebekah Parsons-King


1:34 Prisoners up-skill thanks to Howard League

Today is a day of celebration for some of the female prisoners at Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility, who are graduating from a range of programmes run by The Howard League.

Mike Williams from the league joins Jesse to talk about the work they do.

1:40 Great album: Prince - 1999 Reissue​


2:20 Music Critic: Jana Te Nahu Owen 

Jana reviews Weyes Blood - Something to Believe and Angel Olsen Summer


2:10 James Shaw in Madrid at the Conference of the Parties

UN delegates have gathered in Madrid this week for the 25th Conference of the Parties - or C.O.P.

Leading the New Zealand delegation at the annual international climate change negotiations  is Green Party co-leader and Climate Change Minister, James Shaw

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Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas


2:25 NZ Biography - Truby King and the legacy of Plunket

Today we're talking about the founder of our modern day Plunket Society, Federick Truby King, who's generally referred to as Truby King. 

His career didn't start with paediatric health, but followed a career in what in modern terms would be called psychiatry, back then known less kindly as lunacy. 

To talk about his life and legacy, we're joined by Otago university professor Barbara Brookes who specialises in medical history.

Dr Truby King

Dr Truby King Photo: NZ

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Your Money with Mary Holm

Christmas is a time for reflection and so financial author and journalist Mary Holm examines what financial decisions she has made and regretted.

Close-up of New Zealand fifty dollar banknotes

Photo: 123RF

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

4:05 The Panel with Heather Roy and Ian Telfer