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Critter of the week t-shirts are back!

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1.12 First Song:

1:17 NZers don't realise how unlucky they are

In an opinion piece, bound to ruffle feathers, executive director of The New Zealand Institute, Oliver Hartwich, argues that New Zealanders are actually quite unlucky right now.

He talks to Jesse about his piece and where he thinks we are going wrong and why we don't appear to know it.

Oliver Hartwich

Oliver Hartwich Photo: Supplied

1:27 NZer working on Biden's presidential campaign in Nevada

The US Presidential election is looming large on the horizon with the final days of campaigning in what many are calling the election of a lifetime.

Jesse speaks to Jordy Barry, a New Zealander working in the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris campaign in Nevada about being part of the action.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (R) speaks while former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the Democratic Presidential Debate.

Photo: AFP / Getty

1:35 Matchmaking rescue animals with forever homes

An app has been launched this week designed to help rescue pets better match with potential new forever homes.

MyHooman is being described as 'Tinder for rescue animals'. Jesse speaks to Louise Burgess from 'Last Lamppost Dog and Animal Rescue' about how this technology could make a difference.

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1.50 Big Buddy scheme wins at Westpac Business Awards 2020

A not for profit organisation that supports boys without fathers has won the Excellence in Community Contribution award at the 2020 Westpac Business Awards.

Big Buddy CEO Paul Burns talks to Jesse about the recognition and how it coincides with their annual appeal for more volunteers.

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2:10 Referendum results reactions

At 2pm today the preliminary results of the two referendums held at the general election will be released.

Jesse will speak to the sector groups behind the campaigns both for and against the End of Life Choice campaigns as well as those who support and are against the referendum to change laws around cannabis.

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2:20 NZ Live Bic Runga

One of NZ's most popular singers, Bic Runga, has just started her six-date tour around New Zealand. Like many performers she had to delay these performances because of COVID.

She stops by the Auckland studio to explain how she's also trying to make this tour as sustainable as possible.

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Photo: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller

3:08 Food with Ginny Grant from Cuisine Magazine

Today senior writer with Cuisine Magazine, Ginny Grant, joins Jesse to talk about ndujua crumbs and the many ways this spicy and spreadable Calabrian salami can be used.

You can find her recipe for grilled mussels with njuda crumbs here.

Grilled mussels with 'nduja crumbs

Grilled mussels with 'nduja crumbs Photo: Cuisine Magazine Aaron McLean

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 Weekend Stuff with Lynda Hallinan

Today Linda talks to Jesse about how to keep plants alive in Auckland without breaking the tough Watercare rules about using outdoor hoses.

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3:35 Critter of the Week: Lucius Malfoy's Wasp

This week's critter is a treasure for all Harry Potter nerds, did you know that we have a critter only found in New Zealand named after one of J. K. Rowling’s characters?

It’s hard to love wasps, but DOC's Nic Toki reckons Malfoy’s wasp is worth all the love you can muster. Just like Lucius, they are misunderstood, and deserve the benefit of the doubt, they’re not really the bad guys.

A creepy looking critter for our Halloween eve!

Malfoy's wasp

Malfoy's wasp Photo: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0

3:45 The Panel with Alexia Russell and Guy Williams