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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 19 June 2020


1:15 Live update from the Ministry of Health 

We cross live to a media conference given by Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield. 

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Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

1:35 Volunteering with 'Nana Marie'

Every week in New Zealand, 12 babies are born with a heart defect. That's one in every 100 births. 

A congenital heart defect is the most common birth defect. 

Marie Jujnovich aka Nana Marie has been volunteering for almost 30 years providing support to new parents of babies with heart conditions.

She joins Jesse to speak about her work with Heart Kids.

Marie Jujnovich aka Nana Marie.

Marie Jujnovich aka Nana Marie. Photo: Heart Kids

1:45 Biking in vogue on the farm 

A farm owner and keen biker have come together to open up a bike park on Glendhu station in Wanaka. 

It has 50 kilometres of trails to accommodate riders at all levels. 

To tell us more about diversifying his farm to include mountain biking, Jesse is joined by Glendhu station owner, John McRae. 

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Photo: Bike Glendhu

2:20 NZ Live Classic - The best of the covers Pt 2

RNZ's Senior studio operator Andre Upston has compiled a fabulous selection of cover versions performed on NZ Live over the last few years. We had such an enthusiastic response to Part One last week, we asked Andre to come back with Part Two today. A few more of our favourites are among the lineup including Ardijah, Anthonie Tonnan, Nadia Reid and Miller Yule.

Miller Yule

Miller Yule Photo: RNZ

3:08 Annabel Langbein's buckwheat pancakes with honey nuts 

It's refugee week this week and  Annabel Langbein, The Free Range Cook talks about UK-based organisation called Migrateful which runs cooking classes led by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants that can be accessed on-line here too. She also shares her delicious recipe for buckwheat pancakes with honey nuts. 

Gluten-free buckwheat pancakes

Gluten-free buckwheat pancakes Photo: Annabel Langbein

3:16 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from midday talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly


3:25 Tree planting for the spring

It's tree planting season and gardening guru Lynda Hallinan knows the best trees to plant for spring blossoming.

'Shirotae' - the Mt Fuji cherry. White, semi-double, slightly weeping, stunning in full bloom
'Shimidsu Sakura' - paler pink, fading to white, magnificent in an avenue
'Kiku-Shidare Sakura' - better known as the Cheal's Weeping cherry. Like a waterfall of pink blossoms, sensational and ridiculously girly.
In the North, baby-pink 'Awanui' is reliable if a bit boring.
In a small garden, if you can get it, there's Prunus mume, also known as the Chinese plum, Japanese plum, and Japanese apricot. It has small fairly useless fruit 

Royal Gala Apples in full blossom

Royal Gala Apples in full blossom Photo: Supplied/Susan Murray

3:35 Critter of the Week Seabird Tick - ‘the vampire of the seabirds’

A tick (Ixodes auritulus zealandicus) that sucks blood from different seabirds, including the antipodean and wandering albatross. Today is the first ‘World Albatross Day’, which aims to champion these special birds and highlight the many threats to their survival – seems fitting to highlight a lesser-known species that relies on seabirds, like the albatross, for their survival, says Doc's Nicola Toki.

Seabird Tick

Seabird Tick Photo: Left: Rachel Cane; Right: []

3:45 The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly and Dean Hall