Navigation for Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 29 June 2020

1:10 First song


1:17 Paula Bennett steps down

National MP and former deputy leader Paula Bennett will not stand in the upcoming election, ending a political career that began in 2005. 

She was rolled as the deputy leader last month and demoted to number 13 on the party's list, after the rise of Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye.

We speak to Ben Thomas, public relations consultant and former National government press secretary.

No caption

Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas

1.27 Students unsure about online learning

Universities across the country are introducing more online learning, and it's creating confusion and apprehension among some students and lecturers. 

The most controversial decision has been by Waikato University, which has announced that all courses will be held entirely online next trimester. 

We speak to Isabella Lenihan-Ikin, the President of the New Zealand Union of Students associations.

Man working on notebook, with a fresh cup of tea or coffee. Home work concept.

Photo: 123RF

1.34 TVNZ launches new kids game show

The first season of TVNZ's series Brain Busters, a game show for children, starts today. 

The first episode is at 4:10pm today on TVNZ 2.

600 kids from all over New Zealand will compete in the show, which has been compared to popular series The Chase. 

Producer Reuben Davidson tells us more.

Brain Busters, a new TVNZ game show for kids, debuts today.

Brain Busters, a new TVNZ game show for kids, debuts today. Photo: Supplied

1:45 Great NZ Album: The Chills - Submarine Bells


2:10 Television Critic Caitlin Cherry reviews Breeders and Bonus Family

Caitlin discusses two comedies dealing with the tougher sides of parenting, Breeders, co-created by martin Freeman (SkyGo/Soho/Neon) and Bonus Family - a swedish comedy about step families (Netflix).

She also gives her view on The Chaser spin-off game show; Beat the Chasers which debuted on TVNZ 1 last night

Breeders TV show poster

Breeders TV show poster Photo: FX/Soho/Neon


2:20 Recipe request: Airspresso Southland's Cheese Roll 

Eateries all over the country have their special recipes. We've asked you what recipe you would like from your favourite cafe - and on your behalf we've invited them onto the show to share their secret. Today we're showcasing Airspresso Southland's Cheese Roll. 

Airspresso Southland Cheese Roll

Airspresso Southland Cheese Roll Photo: Airspresso Dunedin

2:30 Coronation Street with Simon Morris

For today's expert segment, we'll be talking about one of the most popular soaps of all time - Coronation Street.

RNZ presenter and producer, Simon Morris, has been a dedicated fan of the soap ever since Ena Sharples barged into Florrie Lindley's shop in episode one.

He joins Jesse today to talk about the success of the show and why he remains a fan after all these years.

No caption

Photo: Geograph

3.10 Joy at work - The Marie Kondo way

Marie Kondo showed the world how the life changing magic of tidying up around the house.  Now she wants us to focus on the office. Kondo has teamed up with organisational psychologist Scott Sonenshein on a new book aimed at sorting out desks, schedules and inboxes. Scott speaks to Jesse about the new book called Joy at Work: Organising Your Professional life.

Tired or stressed businessman sitting in front of computer in office

Photo: 123RF

3:35 Voices

In ‘Voices’ today; Kadambari Gladding looks at how one former refugee decide to break moulds and hit the open road. 

3:45 The Panel with Heather Roy and Mauricio Olmedo-Perez




Music played in this show

A Way With Murder by Mini Simmons


Great NZ Album: The Chills - Submarine Bells

“Heavenly Pop Hit”

“Oncoming Day”

“Submarine Bells”

“Familiarity Breeds Contempt”