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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 4 September 2020

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Photo: RNZ

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1.00 Covid-19 Live Update

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Health Minister Chris Hipkins and Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director General of Health give a Covid-19 update and reveal if there will be any change to alert levels. 

1:17 Reaction to the alert level announcement.

Professor Michael Plank, the principal investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini talks to Jesse about the 1pm announcement on alert levels.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield at the post-Cabinet media conference on 8 June, 2020.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield at the post-Cabinet media conference on 8 June, 2020. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

1:27 Huntly unhappy with regional council opposing Sleepyhead development

Huntly residents are perplexed and unhappy the Waikato regional council is opposing a zoning change which would enable a large Sleepyhead factory and 1100 homes to be built in nearby Ōhinewai.

Huntly community board member, Red Wootton, talks to Jesse about how much an impact the development would have and why he doesn't understand the regional council's opposition.

Sleepyhead Beds Ohinewai

Sleepyhead Beds Ohinewai Photo: An artists’ impression of the $1 Billion development planned for Ohinewai

1:35 Supporting the social work support team in Māori communities

A charity has been set up to provide support and relief to social workers who are helping vulnerable Māori families to get through the Covid-19 related hardships.

Jen Deben, came up with the idea to help the helpers after seeing how tirelessly they were working during the initial lockdown and how much support the families were needing.

She talks to Jesse about how the charity, Applause, works and why the support for the social workers is so important.

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Photo: www.applausecharity.

1:50 The West Coast is next on the Wikipedian's mission

Former Wikipedian at large, Mike Dickison, has revived his role as roving Wiki editor to make sure the West Coast is represented accurately and in full in the online encyclopedia.

He speaks to Jesse about his travels to the South Island and where he'll be recruiting volunteers to get as much of the region as possible online.

Punakaiki on the West Coast.

Punakaiki on the West Coast. Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal

2:10 Steve Newell's movie picks

Just in time for the weekend Editor of Steve Newell reviews Tenet , which was top of the NZ box office in its first weekand Bill & Ted Face the Music.

2:20 NZ Live Terrible Sons

Today we're joined live from our Christchurch studio by New Zealand indie rock husband and wife Lauren and Matt Barus and their band Terrible Sons. Last week they revealed their new single Love Will Make Fools from the EP they're set to release in February. They've got some great music and stories to share on our first NZ LIVE performance in several weeks.

3:08 Nicola Galloway's All-the-Goodness Beetroot Salad

All-the-Goodness Beetroot Salad

All-the-Goodness Beetroot Salad Photo: Nicola Galloway

Spring is upon us and award-winning food writer, cookbook author and culinary tutor Nicola Galloway from Homegrown Kitchen talks of the joy of foraging in the spring garden which is coming to life with salad greens, fennel bulbs, pea shoots, broad bean tips and herbs. She has created a delicious healthy recipe for All-the-Goodness Beetroot Salad.

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 Weeding in early spring

Gardening guru Lynda Hallinan says there are two ways to approach this task and urges you to not be in a hurry to clean everything out of your vege patch.

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Photo: By Lupin (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

3:35 Critter of the Week The Kiwi Feather Mite

This Critter of the Week lives for a free ride, and free food. But the Kiwi Feather Mite may just be the worst hitch-hiker in New Zealand explains Doc's Nicola Toki. Once they’re on, they stay for life and have a diet of blood!

3:45 The Panel with Ali Jones and Alan McElroy



Music played in this show


Title: Angie

Artist: The Rolling Stones

Time: 1326


Title: Home

Artist: Looking for Alaskas

Time: 1347


Title: Just 'Cause You Don't Want Me

Artist: Mel Parsons

Time: 1419


Title: Cheshire

Artist: Phoebe Rings

Time: 1420


NZ LIVE - Terrible Sons [Live from the Christchurch Studio]:

Title: Ruffle

Artist: Terrible Sons

Time: 1425


Title: What a Friend

Artist: Terrible Sons

Time: 1435 

Title: Love Will Make Fools

Artist: Terrible Sons

Time: 1446

Title: Rolling Thunder

Artist: Terrible Sons

Time: 1454