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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 8 May 2020

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New Zealand Music Month Fresh Music Videos Daily on 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 Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health and Finance Minister Grant Robertson.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay. Photo: Pool / NZME


1:15 New website from New Zealand Woman's Weekly and stablemates 

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Photo: CapsuleNZ

After four weeks of grieving for The Listener, the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and several other titles, the editors of some of those have found a new way to get their writing to their readers. was launched yesterday. It’s a website with articles written by the editors of some of those lost titles.  It’s the idea of the former deputy editor of The NZ Woman’s Weekly, Kelly Bertrand.


1:20 Zealandia prepares for the people to come back

Eco sanctuaries around the country look set to open their gates to the public once we're at level 2, allowing stir crazy people to 'go bush'.

At Wellington's Zealandia, rangers have been working throughout the lockdown and now it's planning for the level 2 reopening. Danielle Shanahan is Zealandia's Director of the Centre for People and Nature. She chats to Jesse about what Zealandia's been like without its visitors. 


1:35 Distance learning Te Reo Maori for kids  

Kiwi kids have been able to keep up with learning Te Reo Maori this term through a distance learning TV channel during school hours each day on the Te Reo Channel and online.  Mauri Reo Mauri Ora is fronted by Te Korou Whangataua,  Juneea Amohia Silbery and Ani-Piki Tuarifor kids aged from three to 18.  Juneea joins Jesse to chat about what kids and adults are learning. 

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Photo: Juneea Amohia Silbery Maori Television


1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Mohamud Mohamed

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 Mohamud Mohamed from Somalia.

2:10 Ali Ventura's weekend movie picks

Another lockdown weekend, the weather's a whole lot cooler - an ideal opportunity to watch a couple of movies perhaps? Ali reviews Extraction and Colour out of Space.


2:20 NZ has the world's attention - how should we use it?

New Zealand has almost got there in stamping out Covid-19 we hope .. and we've got the world's attention in the process. How should we use it? That's a question posed by thinktank NZ Alternative. Its co-director Thomas Nash talks to Jesse about some of their ideas around migrant rights, calling for international debt relief and pushing for climate change to be at the heart of Government policy. Read the full article - NZ is winning global kudos for our Covid-19 response. How do we use it? 

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Photo: Thomas Nash

2:30 NZ Live Classic Jamie McDell

Lockdown has given us the space to scan through the archives of NZ Live and replay some of the classics. Today we're featuring Jamie McDell whose 2018 appearance showcased her third album Extraordinary Girl. 

Jamie McDell

Jamie McDell Photo: Supplied

3:08 Sammy Akuthota's South Indian Dal Tadka

In this week's food segment we catch up again with Sammy Akuthota from Satya Chai Lounge on Auckland's K Road and ask him how things are going. He's also got a tasty recipe for South Indian Dal Tadka.

South Indian Dal Tadka

South Indian Dal Tadka Photo: Sammy Akuthota / Satya Chai Lounge on Auckland's K Road

3:23 Weekend gardening with Lynda Hallinan

Lynda talks about the drought, and also symbolic tree planting

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Photo: Wikimedia commons

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 Thomas Oliver and his song You Shine on Me.

3:35 Critter of the Week New Zealand Flatworm

Doc's Nicola Toki introduces us to our critter this week - the New Zealand flatworm, a carnivorous terrestrial flatworm! Native to New Zealand, but an invasive species to Europe where they significantly reduce earthworm numbers.

New Zealand Flatworm

New Zealand Flatworm Photo: [By Flickr user Rae's -, CC BY 2.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=39818346]

3:45 The Panel with Lavina Good and Rodney Hide