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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 11 September 2020

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Critter of the Week t-shirts Photo: RNZ/Liminal

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1.12 First Song:

1:17 Six months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic

The WHO announced just six months ago today that the coronavirus, which originated in South East Asia, is a global pandemic.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks to Jesse about what's been happening since the severity of the virus was flagged by WHO and whether we can eliminate community transmission here again.

Siouxsie Wiles with a flask of bioluminescent liquid

Siouxsie Wiles with a flask of bioluminescent liquid Photo: University of Auckland

1:25 Cricket books shifting north to join Whanganui collection

Sports journalist, author and commentator, Joseph Romanos was looking for someone to take around 600 cricket books off his hands as part of a clean out at his house.

Whanganui mayor, Hamish McDouall, has answered the call and will add them to his already impressive collection of books of the same genre. He talks to Jesse about what he'll do with any double ups.

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Photo: Joseph Romanos twitter

1:35 Back to the Future put forward to a future date

The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra was set to hold a live performance of Back to the Future last night. Alert level two has meant the unique concert's been rescheduled.

Jesse speaks to APO conductor, Vincent Hardaker about the concert and his role as inaugural Assistant Conductor in Residence.

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Photo: supplied

1:50 DairyNZ welcomes visa holder changes for their sector

Dairy farmers are relieved that under immigration rule changes they will again have their offshore expert workers allowed back in the country.

DairyNZ CEO Tim Mackle had been lobbying the government for the change, he talks to Jesse about how much pressure was on farms without the overseas skilled labour.

dairy cows grazing in a field with New Zealand mountain in the distance

Photo: 123RF

2:10 Ali Ventura's film picks

This week Ali reviews hard-hitting New Zealand film Savage, which portrays the life-lasting effects of gang life on children. She's also stepped away from her usual type of screen choice and watched the documentary Return to Gandhi Road. 

2:20 NZ Live with Steve Tofa

Steve Tofa released his debut solo album The Barefooted Beast in 2019, one of the tracks Bone Dat Needs Pickin, was nominated for a Silver Scroll this year. 

Steve's second album Koko Stax is set for release later this year, with the first singles slated for release soon.

He joins Jesse live in studio to play a selection of songs. 

Steve Tofa's debut album The Barefooted Beast was released in 2019.

Steve Tofa's debut album The Barefooted Beast was released in 2019. Photo: Supplied

3:08 Lauraine Jacobs Chicken and Egg Spring Salad

Lauraine Jacobs is in Matakana where she's researching for her new book. The food writer takes some time out to share her delicious recipe for Chicken and Egg Spring Salad. You can find more great food ideas from Lauraine here.

Chicken and Egg Spring Salad

Chicken and Egg Spring Salad Photo: Lauraine Jacobs

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 Ask the builder - Stan Scott

Have you got a DIY problem that needs solving? Builder Stan Scott answers more of your questions, in his fortnightly korero with Jesse - please email

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Photo: Public Domain

3:35 Critter of the Week  Kermadec red-crowned kakariki

This week’s Critter of the Week is the Kermadec red-crowned kakariki. They are similar to the mainland red-crowned kakariki, but are slightly larger and prefer a warmer climate, says Doc's Nicola Toki. They are only found up north in the tropical Kermadec Islands.

3:45 The Panel with Michele A'Court and Neil Miller



Music played in this show

NZ LIVE: Steve Tofa

Fatty Boy
Bone Dat Needs Pickin
I hope I Never - Split ENZ cover
Change Gonna Come - Sam Cooke cover

HINA – Scratch

Aldous Harding – The Barrel

Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You

Bic Runga – Tiny Little Piece Of My Heart

Mild Orange – Freak In Me