Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 10 February 2020
1:10 First song
1:17 Northland farmers struggling in dry conditions
Northland Federated Farmers president and sheep farmer John Blackwell is calling on the government to deckare a drought in his region.
There's been little or no rain over the past few months, leading to low water supplies and animal feed.
Even Aucklanders are being told to have shorter showers as hot weather has seen water usage skyrocket to record levels.
1.27 Are councils spending too much on consultants and contractors?
An investigation from Central Otago news website Crux has found that the Queenstown Lakes District Council has spent three hundred and eighty eight million dollars on consultants and contractors over a three year period.
It's taken three years of requests for Crux to be able to publish this story and it raises questions around just how transparent local bodies in New Zealand are when it comes how they spend ratepayers money.
We speak with Dr Jean Drage, an adjunct Senior Professor at Lincoln University and editor of Local Government in New Zealand, Challenges and Choices
1.34 Backyard nuclear device for sale
There's an unusual offering on Trademe today for an adventurous buyer. Advertised as a home made working nuclear reactor "forged from the depths of physics", the listing is for a science fair project that has boundless potential for the right experimenter.
The device was built last year by then Marlborough Boys College student Samuel Lee.
1:45 Great NZ Album: Melt by Straitjacket Fits
2:10 Phil Wallington on the legacy of Kirk Douglas
Phil Wallington takes a look back at Kirk Douglas' amazing career which survived the McCarthy witch hunts and the Hollywood Blacklist. He also explains the role of new "intimacy coordinators" on film sets and reviews the Netflix series Vikings.
2:20 Medical aid twelve thousand feet up
In the mountains of Kashmir the Ladakhi people live almost completely self sufficiently high above the world below. However, they are a very long way away from medical attention. The Ladakh Medical Aid Society raises funds to send a small medical team once a year up in to the mountains offer free medical advice and assistance.
They're having a fundraising dinner next week at Ima Cuisine in Auckland on Sunday the 23rd of February.
To tell us more about the Ladakhi people and the work of the society is Mary Ann Rowland.
2:30 The history and flavours of cheese with expert Juliet Harbutt.
Juliet, a cafe and deli owner, food writer, promoter of cheese and all around expert will discuss tastings, varietals and how to put together the perfect cheeseboard. Juliet says cheese has been her life for over 35 years and that her curiosity has taken her all over the world from cheese cellars to markets and to some of the top restaurants on the planet.
3:10 Helen Lewis - the limitations put on women by the media
To understand the architecture of misogyny, what defines what is and isn't appropriate behavior for women, look no further than the most famous house in the world, the House of Windsor. Columnist Helen Lewis says the team Kate or Team Meghan rivalry created by the British media gives women only two options: the traditional wife or the more modern one. We'll talk to Helen Lewis about how this narrative limits women everywhere. Her book Difficult Woman is due out in March and you can find more stories here on Atlantic Woman.
In ‘Voices’ today: It’s got overtones of Cool Runnings… A Tongan teenager living in Auckland takes up lawn bowls and becomes her country’s only representative at the under-25 world champs in England. You’ll never guess what happens when she goes up against the best in the world…
3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day
4:05 The Panel with Victoria Stewart and David Slack