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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 5 May 2020

Competition details here: Design a lockdown t-shirt

We're asking you to design a t-shirt print to help remember or commemorate this weird time for New Zealand at level 3 and 4. Future generations will look at your t "-shirt and ask "what was that all about? And you can tell them about the time we tried to fight a pandemic by panic buying toilet paper, yeast and flour.

The winner will get their design printed on a t-shirt by fair trade, sustainable and ethical t-shirt company Liminal and it will be available to be purchased on-line.

$5 from the sale of every t-shirt goes to a charity of the winners choice. The Winner will also get 2 free t-shirts

Email a photo, pdf or screenshot of your design to with the word Lockdown t-shirt in the subject line. The winner's design will be professionally formatted for screenprinting.

Entries must be in by 5pm Friday 15th May

Click here to read the terms and conditions 

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Photo: RNZ

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

1:20 Queenstown economy under Level 3

Covid-19 has caused a major disruption to Queenstown's economy as well as to the thousands of migrant workers who live and work there.

We speak to Queenstown mayor Jim Boult. 

Paragliding over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Paragliding over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Photo: 123RF

1:28 Remembering Atareta Poananga

Atareta Poananga, who was a prominent Maori activist in the 80s and Aoetearoa's first Maori woman diplomat, died last week after a long illness. 

We speak to host of Te Ao with Moana (Māori Television) Moana Maniapoto about her memories of Atareta.

Moana Maniapoto

Moana Maniapoto Photo: Dru Faulkner

1:38 Auckland Theatre Company’s first online play

For the next four weeks the Auckland Theatre Company is putting on its first ever play designed to be watched online.

The first episode of Chekhov's The Seagull comes out this Friday at 7pm. 

We speak to director and co-creator Eleanor Bishop.

The Seagull by the Auckland Theatre Company

The Seagull by the Auckland Theatre Company Photo: Supplied

1:50 Lockdown t-shirt competition

Today we launch our lockdown t-shirt competition.

We speak to artist Dick Frizzell for some tips.

2:10 Re-reading in lockdown

Claire Mabey's taken these past few weeks in lockdown as an opportunity to revisit some of her favourite books - The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox, Potiki by Patricia Grace and Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel in preparation for The Mirror and the Light. She's also branched out and devoured some new material and today reviews Anne Enright's The Actress.​

2:20 The existential threat to live music 

Among the businesses hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis is live music.

Venues are shuttered and next summer’s festivals – well, who knows?

Jesse Mulligan speaks to John Minty, who owns the Splore music and arts festival.

John Minty

John Minty Photo: Supplied

3:10 Andy Greene -  Behind the scenes of The Office

All around the world, when millions of people could no longer go to the office, they watched it on TV instead. The American version of The Office is one of the most watched shows on Netflix. For the 15th anniversary of the show, Rolling Stone senior writer Andy Greene spoke to more than 80 cast and crew for his new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000's


3.30 New Zealand Music Month Fresh Music Videos Daily on RNZ

We're celebrating NZ Music Month with  Fresh Music Daily. We'll be sharing a new song and video from an up-and-coming Kiwi artist every day throughout May. Today we feature Ryan Fisherman and his track How Cool.

3:35 New Flags Flying - Part 4

In the 1970s, broadcaster Ian Johnstone lived and travelled in the South Pacific, which was then being "discovered" by plane loads of tourists, attracted by airline poster promises of sun, sand and scanty bikinis.


Fiji Photo: Mary Chapman

3:45 The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Mike Rehu