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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 16 April 2020

1:00 Live coverage of the Ministry of Health's latest Covid Update

An update from the Government on Covid 19 - speakers today are Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield at a media briefing at Parliament about the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield at a media briefing at Parliament about the Covid-19 coronavirus. Photo: Pool / NZME

1:30 Business responds to Government's alert level 3 plan 

Today the Government will provide more details about what the restrictions will look like under alert level 3. 

Cabinet ministers will decide on Monday whether to ease the current restrictions when the initial four-week lockdown period ends on Wednesday night.

We'll speak to Kirk Hope, the Chief Executive of Business New Zealand.

Fish and chip shops are closed under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown.

Fish and chip shops are closed under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

1:35 NZ invited to sing Pokarekare Ana at home this Saturday

The NZSO, in partnership with Ngatai Huata and the Tomoana Whānau, is inviting everyone to join together in a performance of the waiata Pokarekare Ana, on Saturday at 3pm.

We speak to composer Ngatai Huata, granddaughter of Paraire Henare Tomoana who wrote Pokarekare Ana. 

1:40 Great album - DISCOVERY by Daft Punk 

2:10 Good vibe tunes for week four of lockdown

Brad Warrington aka DJ Sticky cracks out three numbers for us today - Boomchild - Cold Shoulder, Toro Y Moi - Ordinary Pleasures and Flume ft Toro Y Moi - The Difference.

2:25 NZ Crimes: The so-called 'poisoned professor' case

This story would not seem out of place in an Agatha Christie novel, but it has a distinctly New Zealand twist - featuring the upper echelons of Christchurch society in the 90s.

It became known as the so-called ‘poisoned professor case’ after Canterbury plant scientist David Lloyd fell severely ill in mysterious circumstances in 1992.

Dr Vicky Calder was arrested in 1994 and stood trial twice for attempted murder, or alternatively poisoning with intent. 

The first trial ended in a hung jury, the second jury found her not guilty. 

Jesse Mulligan speaks to Lady Deborah Chambers QC, who presented a documentary on the case in 1997.

Judith Ablett-Kerr QC.

 Vicky Calder's lawyer Judith Ablett-Kerr. Photo: Peter Meecham/Stuff

3:15 Solving the World’s Problems: Ending beauty standards

This week’s Solving the World’s Problems guest is journalist Tess Nichol, formerly of Metro magazine.

Tess says that living under lockdown is the perfect time to end unreasonable beauty standards.

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3:25 The NZ public service in the Great Depression"

On Thurs 2 April, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was asked whether he had considered cutting the pay of workers in non-essential parts of the public service.  He replied: "Those are ideas I guess that will be floated and the Minister of State Services and the State Services Commissioner will, no doubt, be talking around that."

Our regular Historian, Grant Morris of Victoria University lools at an a historical precedent for such cost cutting - the Great Depression.

Members of the Coalition Cabinet of 1931. In the front row are (L-R): E A Ransom, J G Coates, G W Forbes, W D Stewart, A T Ngata and J A Young. In the back row are (L-R): D Jones, J G Cobbe, A Hamilton and R Masters.

Members of the Coalition Cabinet of 1931. In the front row are (L-R): E A Ransom, J G Coates, G W Forbes, W D Stewart, A T Ngata and J A Young. In the back row are (L-R): D Jones, J G Cobbe, A Hamilton and R Masters. Photo: https://natlib.govt.nz/records/23104438

 

3:35 Spoken Feature 

 

3:45 The Panel with Sally Wenley and Shane Te Pou