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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 4 June 2020

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1:17 Reaction to the government's funding boost for research and development

A hefty $401.3 million will be injected into the research and development sector - but what will it mean? Is it enough? How will it impact current students and can anything be achieved with closed borders? Associate Professor Nicola Gaston from the University of Auckland reflects on yesterday's announcement by the government.

Stalled construction on the AgResearch Hub in the centre of Lincoln University Campus during winter 2018

Stalled construction on the AgResearch Hub in the centre of Lincoln University Campus during winter 2018 Photo: Troy Baisden

1:27 Housing in the post-covid economy 

With all this talk of moving to level one, people are now starting to try and work out where this crisis has left them financially. Interest in rental properties is rising and it looks like house prices are starting to weaken. 

We don't have all the numbers yet, but it looks like it might be quite a tough situation for younger people in the post-covid economy. Brad Olsen is a senior economist at Infometrics and a member of gen Z himself.  is here to try and explain what is going on in our property markets. 

Apartment building, accommodation, housing, rental.

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1:35 Children's Book Awards finalists announced 

The finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced this morning. Jesse is joined by judge and children's bookseller at University Bookshop Otago Charlotte McKay to discuss the amazing strength of the field this year. 

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Photo: Child and Young Adult book awards 2020

1:40 Spending locally in Dunedin 

Staff were a bit worried when Lawyer Jenny Beck called an all staff meeting at her Dunedin Law Firm. But the surprise they got wasn't as unpleasant as they thought it might be. 

New Zealand currency held fanned out in someones hand


1:45 Great album: Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo (10th Anniversary Edition) 

Ten years ago The Phoenix Foundation's - Buffalo album was inveiled. To celebrate, a special anniversary limited edition featuring some of the band's legacy hits is released tomorrow.

Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo (10th Anniversary Edition)

Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo (10th Anniversary Edition) Photo: Album Cover

2:10 Simon Sweetman's music choices of the week

Music critic Simon Sweetman reviews two new albums which he says are both fantastic. Joan as Police Woman Covers Two and Shelby Lynne Shelby Lynne.

2:25 Crimes NZ: Mike White on Mark Lundy

In 2007, investigative journalist Mike White was approached by a supporter of Mark Lundy, who was convicted of killing his wife and daughter in 2002, and asked to look into the case. 

He reluctantly agreed, and 13 years on the case is still very much on his radar. 

In April his article 'Anatomy of a Scandal: 20 years of lies, cover-ups, incompetence and shonky science' was published in North & South. 

We speak to Mike, now a senior writer at Stuff.

Marky Lundy

Mark Lundy Photo: RNZ

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3:15 Your Money with Mary Holm

The Commission for Financial Capability conducted a survey during level four lockdown in April - they wanted to find out if people were considering any changes to their KiwiSaver. Financial author and journalist Mary Holm analyses the results.

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3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness


3:45 The Panel with Lynda Hallinan and Morgan Godfery