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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 10 March 2020

1:10 First song


1:15 Market update

RNZ's business editor Gyles Beckford joins the programme to tell us what's happened since the markets opened this morning at 3.8% down. The latest Business Confidence survey is released at 1pm today - Gyles will reveal the details and see if there are any positives to take away.

New Zealand's sharemarket has immediately fallen two percent after opening after the Waitangi Day closure. Global markets have been left reeling in the biggest one-day fall on Wall Street since 2011.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

1:17 Walter Jehne: The Soil  Carbon Sponge

We hear a lot about trees and even seaweed as carbon sinks to reduce the amount of harmful carbon warming the atmosphere, but not so much about the relationship between soil and the climate. Retired CSIRO climatologist and soil microbiologist Walter Jehne is touring the country talking to farming groups about an idea called the Soil Carbon Sponge which is designed to cool the planet by rehydrating soils. His upcoming public lectures are here:_

Where:  Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall, Harts Road, Leeston
When:  Wednesday March 11  10.00am - 12.00 noon

Where: Otago University Dunedin
When: Thursday March 12 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Where: Town and Country Club, Gore  
When: Monday 16 March 9.15am-11.30am

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Photo: supplied


1:27 Te Puna Market in Henderson - reconnecting community with local food sources

A new zero-waste market 'by local, for local' has sprung up in the heart of West Auckland.  

Megan Beard from Healthy Families Waitākere is a member of Kai West and talks about Te Puna Market - a new community initiative in Henderson that helps people source good fresh local produce at a reasonable price.


1:35 Responding to drought in Waikato

Farmers are starting to pull their networks together to give people a chance to talk through how they are coping (or not coping) in the drought. Yesterday, Hawke's Bay sheep farmer, Mark Warren talked about the difficulties of pulling lambs out of mud in his dams. Hugh Wallace, a dairy farmer from Wharepapa, south of Te Awamutu, decided it was time for a Drought Shout, getting the community together at the local hall for a few beers, a bbq and a moment to see how everyone is coping.

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Photo: Hugh Wallace


1:50 The rise of skateboarding in New Zealand

This year for the first time Skateboarding will be one of the sports at the Olympics - and last Saturday in Wellington the National Championships took place at Bowlzilla in Wellington

One of the winners was Ramon Thackwell who is the president of Skateboarding New Zealand. He took out the masters title and joins us to talk about the rise of the sport and what it means to go mainstream.

2:10 Pip Adam - conversation is a form of creation

Reviewer Pip Adam says she's had the privilege of seeing one of her heroes, Laurie Anderson, twice this week and that both events got her thinking about collaboration and improvisation and  'conversation' as a form of creation. Today Pip talks about some projects that have a degree of conversation about them - including the Kei Te Pai Press Reading ClubImagining Decolonisation and Sweet Mammalian - Exquisite Corpse Issue


2:20 Gareth Shute on the retro-influenced North Shore sound

Finn Andrews and The Veils are touring next month, so we're looking back at the scene he helped kickstart. It was a whole retro-influenced music scene of rock'n'roll groups on Auckland's North Shore in the early 90's recorded by that other Kiwi music legend, Rikki Morris. The bands were The Checks, The Electric Confectionaires, The Veils...and out of that scene came Gin Wigmore - and Lorde. Audio Culture's Gareth Shute is in to chat about how this amazing sound evolved.

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Photo: Gareth Shute


3:10 Nina Mingya Powles ​- the Dumpling Queen who celebrates food

A steaming bowl  of noodles and wontons in soup, with a side of crisp Chinese broccoli feels like home for New Zealander Nina Powles. And home is complicated for this poet and writer of mixed Malaysian-Chinese heritage, who has spent her life between Wellington, Kota Kinabalu and Shanghai, now living in London.  Food is comfort, connection and joy for Nina. But so often society turns food into something to regulate and feel guilty about.  Her new book is a collection of essays that celebrate food and its importance to identity. It's called Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai

Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai

Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai Photo: Public Domain

3:30 Stories from Our Changing World - Voice of the Kākāpō 5

Voice of the Kakapo 5: Kakapo sperm takes to the air

AI and a drone are part of an innovative plan to try and solve the kakapo’s infertility problem, in part 5 of Voice of the Kākāpō.

Andrew Digby with a kākāpō called Sinbad, who has important Fiordland genes.

Andrew Digby with a kākāpō called Sinbad, who has important Fiordland genes. Photo: Andrew Digby / DOC

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and Chris Clarke