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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 16 June 2020

1:10 First Song


1:17 Northland coastal farm Elliot Bay saved from development

Good news for a group of Northland locals who fought to save a 700-hectare East Coast property from commerical development.

Native bush makes up 500 hectares of the Elliot Farm property, incuding mānuka, kānuka, kauri and tōtara, while 200ha of farm land fronts the surf beach, Elliot Bay.

The Elliot family had allowed public access to the beach for the past nine decades, but recently decided to sell.

Jesse speaks to the chair of the Ipipiri Nature Conservancy Trust, Geoff Ricketts, who led the fundraising campaign.

Elliot Bay, Northland

Elliot Bay, Northland Photo: Supplied/Ipipiri Nature Conservancy Trust

1:27 Antarctica NZ to rebuild NZ's Scott Base

New Zealand's Scott Base is to be redeveloped with the existing base replaced with three interconnected buildings.

Antarctica New Zealand has just announced Kiwi-owned and operated company - Leighs Construction - as its main contractor.

Senior Project Manager Simon Shelton from Antarctica NZ joins Jesse to talk about this very complex construction project.

Scott Base redevelopment design.

Scott Base redevelopment design. Photo: Supplied.

1:35 Exhibition celebrates Mittens the iconic Wellington cat 

Mittens the cat is one of Wellington's most famous residents. So famous he was recently given the keys to the city.

He lives with his owners in town, but regularly visits various local businesses, happily using elevators to get to the right floor. In fact he is so well known he has almost 50 thousand Facebook followers.

We speak to his owner, Silvio Bruinsma about Mittens and an upcoming exhibition celebrating his royal floofiness.

1:50 The 'Bon Appetit' backlash

The New York Times is describing it as "A Reckoning at Condé Nast".

The editor-in-chief of the publisher's food magazine Bon Appétit' Adam Rapoport recently stepped down after a photo from 2013 showed him in 'brownface'.

Meanwhile, Vogue editor Anna Wintour has issued a so-called 'diversity apology'.

To look at what's going on, Jesse is joined by former New York magazine editor, Kirsten Matthew, who is now back in New Zealand where she runs a marketing company.

Vogue chief editor Anna Wintour at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Photo: AFP

2:10 Claire Mabey's good reads

Book critic and director of Verb Wellington Claire Mabey reviews Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell,  Nothing to See by Pip Adam and a free online poetry journal Saltwater Love Zine.

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Photo: Victoria University of Wellington All Rights Reserved.

2:20 Songs from the decades

Rock around the clock! DJ Sandon James, of Sweet Mix Kids fame, takes us back through the years and brings to life again the songs we grew up with.

Sandon James and Jesse Mulligan

Sandon James and Jesse Mulligan Photo: RNZ

3:10 Dr Vivek Murthy - we all need human connection

An invisible epidemic is spreading across the world says Dr Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Obama. It's not a virus, it's loneliness. We'll talk to Dr Murthy about why healthy relationships are a vital as vaccines and ventilators and his new book, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.

Dr Vivek Murthy,former surgeon general of the United States

Dr Vivek Murthy,former surgeon general of the United States Photo: Public Domain

3:45 The Panel with Paula Penfold and Fete Taito