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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 3 September 2020

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1:00 Daily COVID-19 update: Minister Chris Hipkins and Dr William Rainger, Director Auckland Regional Public Health

1:17 Ōpōtiki District jobs boom

There's plenty of jobs going in the small eastern seaside town of Ōpōtiki right now, thanks to a funding boost for projects in the area.

Ōpōtiki District Mayor Lyn Rieseterer talks to Jesse about what's happening in the beautiful Bay of Plenty settlement and what jobs there are on offer.


Opotiki Photo: By Ulrich Lange, Dunedin, New Zealand - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

1:27 Sport NZ talks about the impact COVID-19 had on their plans

Earlier this week sports correspondent Hamish Bidwell talked about Sport New Zealand failing to live up to the promises it made in its statement of intent a year ago.

Today Sport New Zealand's National Sport Development Consultant Alex Chiet responds to the issues raised by him and the impact COVID-19 has had on progressing their projects.

Super Sixes year 6, Sports Park - Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 2019.


1:35 The dark side of "stan culture" and what it is

There's a new online cultural phenomenon for super devoted celebrity fans. It's called stan and is based on Eminem's dark character in a song about an obsessed fan.

The "stans' connect online and share content, but can also be disruptive and threatening.

Jesse speaks to Jules LeFevre, music editor of in Australia about stan culture and its more sinister side.

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1:45 Great album: Tina Turner - Simply the Best


2:10 Simon Sweetman's music picks

Simon reviews two new albums by English indie-pop artist Clint Mansell - Out of Blue and Berlin - which is a classical cover of a Lou Reed album.  

2:20 Recipe request: The Old Quarter - Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables 

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 Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables from The Old Quarter in Wellington.

Stir fried Seasonal Vegetable

Stir fried Seasonal Vegetable Photo: The Old Quarter \ Tony Dong


2:25 Crimes NZ: The Aramoana Massacre

The Dunedin settlement of Aramoana became known for the massacre that occurred there in November 1990.

Gunman David Gray torched his neighbour's house and then started shooting neighbours randomly, going from house to house. 

Tim Ashton was a member of the Anti-Terrorist Squad who was sent in to take down the killer. He tells Jesse about the events of that day and the subsequent battle to change gun legislation.

Aramoana Massacre Memorial

Aramoana Massacre Memorial Photo: Wikimedia Commons

This story was produced using archival audio from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

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3:10 Link 3: they all had their own talk shows

It Had to Be You - Harry Connick Jr

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll - The Osmonds

Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson


3:15 Ask the farmer - Steve Wyn-Harris

Farmer and rural commentator Steve Wyn-Harris talks about what's happening on the farm at the moment as lambing and calving season begins. He's also happy to answer your farming questions - email:,nz. 

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3:25 Past Pandemics and Public Reaction: The Influenza Pandemics of 1957 and 1968

It is difficult to place the COVID-19 crisis in historical context.  Comparisons have been made to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Swine Flu, SARS, and also the 1890 Pandemic.  Yet, further research suggests that we should also be looking at the "Asian Flu" of 1957 and the "Hong Kong Flu" of 1968. By examining these relatively recent pandemics, we can compare the reaction of NZ and other countries to the present crisis says historian from the Victoria University of Wellington Dr Grant Morris,

British navy soldiers in a makeshift infirmary in an Ipswich warehouse  - Sept 19 1957

British navy soldiers in a makeshift infirmary in an Ipswich warehouse - Sept 19 1957 Photo: The Lancet

The Silent Invader is a historical film in which US public officials discuss preparations for the out break of the Asian Flu in 1957

3:35 Are we there yet

Ten years after the September quakes that rocked Canterbury, Katy Gossett looks at the on-going emotional impact.

3:45 The Panel with Lavina Good and Nick Leggett

Music played in this show


Title: When You Dance You Can Really Love

Artist: Neil Young

Time: 1513



Title: It Had to Be You

Artist: Harry Connick Jr

Time: 1316

Title: A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll

Artist: The Osmonds

Time: 1411


Title: Breakaway

Artist: Kelly Clarkson

Time: 1508


GREAT ALBUM - Tina Turner:
Title: What's Love Got to Do With It

Artist: Tina Turner

Time: 1349


Title: We Don't Need Another Hero

Artist: Tina Turner

Time: 1352

Title: Private Dancer

Artist: Tina Turner

Time: 1357

Title: What You Get is What You See

Artist: Tina Turner

Time: 1457


MUSIC CRITIC - Simon Sweetman:

Title: Out of the Blue

Artist: Clint Mansell

Time: 1415


Title: Lady Day

Artist: Lou Reed

Time: 1421


Title: Lady Day

Artist: Clint Mansell

Time: 1422