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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 15 May 2020

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1:17 Farmers struggle as extreme drought continues in Hawke's Bay​

While most of the country is busy celebrating the move to level 2, farmers in the drought-stricken Hawke's Bay continue to battle extremely dry conditions. 

Farmers have described it as the worst drought in living memory with very little rainfall since October last year.

We speak to 32-year-old Hadley Boyle from Tikokino in central Hawke's Bay. 

Hadley Boyle, who will be the fourth generation of his family to farm on Evertree.

Hadley Boyle, who will be the fourth generation of his family to farm on Evertree. Photo: Supplied.

1:27 How cafes and restaurants are coping under Level 2 rules

Many New Zealanders will no doubt be looking forward to finally catching up with their mates at their favourite cafe or watering hole this weekend as the country emerges from lockdown. 

To find out what the rush has been like so far, we ask Gatlin Avery from bistro and bar Celeste on Karangahape Road in Auckland.

Gatlin Avery, who's the front of house manager at Bar Celeste.

Gatlin Avery, who's the front of house manager at Bar Celeste. Photo: Supplied.

1:35 The true story of six Tongan teenage castaways in 1965

Fifty-five years ago almost to the day, in June 1965,  six Tongan teenagers ran away from their strict boarding school, procured a boat and set sail for what they thought would be a little adventure. A storm damaged the boat, and they ended up shipwrecked  on a remote island for 15 months.  Unlike Lord of the Flies, they survived by working together. An Australian sailor spotted the teenagers and rescued them.  A new book that tells their remarkable story has renewed interest in epic  experience.  Jesse speaks to Sione Fataua - one of the six survivors.   

Sione Fataua is one of the six survivors.

Sione Fataua is one of the six survivors. Photo: Fairfax Media Archives/via Getty Images

1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Orlando Barbosa

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 Orlando Barbosa from Portugal.

2:10 Graeme Tuckett's movie picks

Life has a semblance of normality again as our film critic this week, Graeme Tuckett reviews Les Miserables which was released yesterday, and Bait which is out next week - both in the cinemas!

2:20 NZ Live Classic - Leisure

As we delve back into our Classic NZ Live's we come across all sorts of treasures. Today we have Auckland-based five piece band Leisure who were in our studio in July 2019, to showcase their second album Twister.

Leisure - in for NZ Live at RNZ

Leisure - in for NZ Live at RNZ Photo: Credit Andre Upston

2:50 Hamish Blake from Lego Masters

Joining us today is Australian comedian and entertainer Hamish Blake.

You may know him from the comedy duo 'Hamish and Andy'. He's also the host of Australia's Lego Masters and has worked in radio, television, film and podcasting.

Hamish Blake, left, from Legomasters.

Hamish Blake, left, from Legomasters. Photo: Supplied.

3:08 Julie Biuso's French Roast Lamb & Gratin of Vegetables

Studded with rosemary and garlic, slathered with butter and set on a rack above a bed of potatoes, onions and tomatoes. Add a salad of winter leaves and sliced persimmon and pomegranate seeds, and perhaps a bowl of minted yoghurt with toasted ground cumin, a drizzle of pomegranate syrup and a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts - and you have a feast! Julie Biuso from Shared Kitchen's sumptuous recipe for French Roast Lamb & Gratin of Vegetables is here.

More great ideas and recipes from Julie can be found at Shared Kitchen

French Roast Lamb

French Roast Lamb Photo: Julie Biuso \Shared Kitchen

3:20 Saving NZ's heritage seeds

The Koanga Institute is a charitable trust that works to save New Zealand's heritage seeds and plants. 

Over the past 30 years, the Institute has collected and saved hundreds of not only heritage vegetable seed lines but also heritage fruit tree lines.

We speak to Kay Baxter, who co-founded the Institute with her husband Bob.

Kay Baxter - Kōanga Institute

Kay Baxter - Kōanga Institute Photo: Kōanga Institute

3.30 New Zealand Music Month Fresh Music Videos Daily on RNZ

We're celebrating NZ Music Month with Fresh Music Daily by sharing a new song and video from an up-and-coming Kiwi artist every day throughout May. Today we're featuring Theia as she celebrates the release of her new single Celebrity.

3:35 Critter of the Week:  The shortjaw kōkopu​

This week the critter is the shortjaw kōkopu. A rare, secretive and seldom seen species of migratory fish, explains DOC's Nicola Toki.

Shortjaw Kokopu

Shortjaw Kokopu Photo: DOC: CC BY-SA 3.0,


3:45 The Panel with Julia Hartley Moore and Alan McElroy