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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 17 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 Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health and Finance Minister Grant Robertson.

1:27 A ventilator prototype in the Waikato

An engineer and two medical specialists in the Waikato, who all happen to be neighbours, have teamed up to create a new emergency ventilator prototype.

We speak to Jeff Sharp, who is the managing director of the Hamilton plastics engineering firm ES Plastics.

Jeff Sharp, Dr Martyn Harvey and Dr Giles Chanwai working on the prototype.

Jeff Sharp, Dr Martyn Harvey and Dr Giles Chanwai working on the prototype. Photo: Supplied

1:35 Te Papa staff re-creating famous art works at home

Around the world art lovers in lockdown have been re-creating art works from museum collections and sharing them on social media under the hashtag  #MuseumChallenge.

Te Papa staff and members of the public jumped on board and have created some fantastic re-creations of some of the art works in Te Papa's collection.

We speak with Te Papa's head of Experience Design and Content, Frith Williams - who has re-created several of Te Papa's art works at home with her children.

You can see more on Te Papa's facebook page

1:40 Finding species in your backyard

During the lockdown so far, ecologist Jon Sullivan has found 20 new species in his garden in Christchurch. 

That's in addition to the 402 he's already found in the garden and logged on the social network iNaturalist. 

We’ll get some tips from Jon.

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Photo: DEAN CASKEY / Department of Conservation

1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Narjis Al-Zaidi

Each week at this time we bring you stories from New Zealanders who were forced to leave their homelands and have resettled here. Today we are speaking to Narjis Al-Zaidi from Iraq.

2:10 Graeme Tuckett's movie choices

Graeme reviews The DiscoveryPortrait of a Lady on Fire and Amores Perros.


2:15 Dunedin Wildlife Hospital raising money through poems

This weekend the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital is holding a fundraiser that also aims to provide some inspiration. 

In what is now a very familiar story, the live event had to be postponed. 

So instead the event has become a podcast. 

We speak to Dunedin poet Richard Reeve.

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2:20 Classic NZ Live The Beths

Lockdown Fridays give us the opportunity to revisit some of our favourite bands on Classic NZ Live. This week we feature The Beths from their November 2017 appearance. The group was formed in 2015 by jazz school classmates Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair and Ivan Luketina-Johnston (who has since left the band).

The Beths in the RNZ Auckland studio before their NZ Live session today. 3 November 2017.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

3:08 Lauraine Jacob's scrumptious Spuds and Pumpkin Bake

As the days draw in and become cooler, Food columnist and author Lauraine Jacobs shares her heartwarming recipe for Spuds and Pumpkin Bake. She says you can adapt this to use any root vegetables you have to hand. More great recipes and handy cooking tips can be found on her website.

Spuds and Pumpkin Bake

Spuds and Pumpkin Bake Photo: Lauraine Jacobs

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. Charlotte also talks about the RNZ initiative - recreating album artwork at home. below is her showpiece - Patti Smith's Horses that she did with her daughter Annie

Recreating album art work at home - RNZ's Charlotte Ryan - Patti Smith - Horses

Recreating album art work at home - RNZ's Charlotte Ryan - Patti Smith - Horses Photo: Charlotte Ryan

3:25 Sam Scott's tips for building a fold up table

Lockdown school's here for a while for some - and if the family needs the kitchen table back, Mitre 10's Sam Scott explains how he and his kids built a handy fold up table.

3:35 Critter of the Week Yellow Octopus

This weeks critter is the yellow octopus. Octopus are intelligent invertebrates with their closest relatives being snails, slugs, chitons and shellfish. This mysterious creature is only found in NZ. They are an important food source for the threatened NZ sea lions on the Auckland Islands, with over 1 million eaten per year says Doc's Nicola Toki


E_zealandicus Photo: Darren Stevens - NIWA

3:45 The Panel with Michelle Boag and Ian Taylor