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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 6 March 2020


1:10 First song: Paper Thieves - Oh Man

Paper Thieves have arrived in New Zealand direct from Berlin - they've just released their new single Oh Man and are about to head off on tour. Today they're in our Auckland studio for First Song

Paper Thieves - RNZ First Song

Paper Thieves - RNZ First Song Photo: Andre Upston

1:17 Talking to tamariki about COVID-19

University of Canterbury Child and Family Psychologist Sarah Whitcombe-Dobbs is part of a panel event to explain how to deal with children's concerns around the COVID-19 outbreak. The event (click on 'event' to go to registrations for it) will be held on Monday at the Te Papa Hauora Precinct. She speaks to Jesse ahead of that panel about how parents can manage any anxiety or questions from children about the outbreak and spread of the virus.

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Photo: AFP

1:27 Eco-friendly cardboard caskets on offer

Designer Becs Bartells saw a gap in the market when it came to death, the chance to have more eco-friendly caskets available. For her Massey University design degree she created a range of cardboard furniture, which led to her thinking about materials used in caskets for both burials and cremations. She joins Jesse to talk about her the business she's just launched, Outside the Box Cardboard Casket.

Outside the Box Cardboard Casket

Outside the Box Cardboard Casket Photo:

1:35 Wellington and Auckland Arts festival reviews with Mark Amery

It's Laurie Anderson and the music of the heavens with Mark Amery  in this week's look on Afternoons at Wellington and Auckland's arts festival seasons. Mark has been checking out the artist, performance poet and musicians live and installation works at New Zealand Festival in Lower Hutt and an astonishing opera never heard of in New Zealand, which feels right up Laurie Anderson's street Kopernikus, directed by Peter Sellars who is bringing the acapella Los Angeles Master Chorale to Auckland Arts festival next Friday 13 March.

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson Photo: supplied/ Ebru Yildiz

1:50 NIWA's annual glacier survey hindered by ash and dust

The Australian bushfires have hampered NIWA's annual glacier survey undertaken yesterday. Fifty glaciers are surveyed from the air using advanced photography technology to assess how much of last winter's show remains. Dr Drew Lorrey is NIWA's climate scientist and he explains to Jesse what the annual survey tells them as well how difficult the bushfire residue made it this year.

Ice at Fox Glacier seen with some yellowy ash patches on 1 January, 2020, after smoke from Australia's ongoing bushfires drifted across the Tasman.

Ice at Fox Glacier seen with some yellowy ash patches on 1 January, 2020, after smoke from Australia's ongoing bushfires drifted across the Tasman. Photo: Supplied / Rob Jewell

2:10 Graeme Tuckett's film picks

Graeme reviews The Way Back, Births Deaths and Marriages and Downhill.


2:20 NZ Live: Nadia Reid

Nadia Reid has just released her highly anticipated third album Out Of My Province . She joins Jesse to discuss recording in the United States, and she performs some tracks from the album. She's in our Auckland studio today for NZ Live.

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Photo: Alex Lovell-Smith

3:08 VJ Cooks - No-Bake Chocolate Easter Egg Slice

Vanya Insull aka VJ Cooks talks about her life as a social media celebrity - demonstrating how to cook easy meals for her family each day - her videos have gone viral! She's appearing in public for the very first time at the NZ Home and Lifestyle Show, on at Eden Park until 6pm Sunday. Tickets are available for $15 for adults. Kids under age 18 are free to enter. A 2 day pass is available for $20. All tickets can be purchased online and includes free transportation to the Eden Park site. She also shares her delicious recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Easter Egg Slice.

VJ Cooks Easter Egg Slice

VJ Cooks Easter Egg Slice Photo: VJ Cooks


3:16 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from midday talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly

3:25 How to lay artificial grass

With the lack of rain in many parts of the country - you might be weighing up whether or not you could  be better off with artificial lawn. Mitre 10's Stan Scott has all the tips to ensure you do a great job!

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Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

3:35 Critter of the Week The New Zealand pea crab​

Doc's Nicola Toki introduces us to this week’s critter is the New Zealand pea crab. This crab lives inside bivalves like the NZ green lipped mussel, pipi and cockles where it steals their food. Only the male ventures out of the comfort of its hosts shell and that is to mate! Interestingly, to gain access to shells containing female crabs, the males tickle the side of the mussel shell for an average of 200 minutes until it opens and they slip inside – risky business!

Female (L) and male pea crabs

Female (L) and male pea crabs Photo: Credit Jessica87nz CC BY-SA 3

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Phil O'Reilly