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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 14 December 2020

Dickens gave us A Christmas Carol, Frank Capra It's a Wonderful Life, what Christmas story do you have to share about your family or a cherished memory?  We want to hear your holiday stories for our Afternoons Christmas Chronicles.   

Email us your story in a paragraph and we will share some of the treasured tales the week before Christmas.  Email us

A bee, landing on a pohutukawa bloom.

Photo: 123rf

1:17 Marlborough Council moves to ban vehicles on an East Coast beach

The Malborough Council is looking to stop all vehicles using 45 kilometres of the region's East Coast, including quad bikes, despite opposition from many locals. Jesse speaks to Rick Stolwerk, the chairperson of the East Coast Protection Group.

Garry and Mandy Ham drove their quad bikes out to Ward Beach and were told off.

Photo: Supplied / Garry Ham via LDR

1.27 Hastings teacher wins National Excellence award

Dr David Ivory is the Director of Social Enterprise and Head of the Commerce Facility at St John's College in Hastings and can add a National Excellence in Teaching award to his MNZM!

He's with me now to tell us more about the work that saw him being recognised along with five other New Zealand teachers, who stood out from a pool of 1500 teachers nominated across Australasia. 

David Ivory (left), MNZM, for services to education and the community.

David Ivory (left), MNZM, for services to education and the community. Photo: Supplied

1.34 Building a Māori Garden in East Auckland

A Masters of Landscape Architecture student at Auckland's UNITEC has seen his research project begin to come to life. Rob Small's project was to investigate how to design a garden that would display the ethnobotany of the Māori people of Aotearoa. He's been working with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei at the Pourewa Reserve and two million dollars has been raised to restore a Māori garden on land where they traditionally gardened. 

1:45 Great NZ Album: Herbs - Sensitive to a Smile


2:10 Linda Burgess' TV picks

Wellington based critic Linda Burgess just happens to be in Auckland today so joins Jesse in studio to talk about what she's been watching this week. Linda reviews Dash and Lily and Queen's Gambit .

2:20  Susan St John on the state of housing 

Auckland median house prices have hit $1 million for the first time and Wellington is not far behind according to new figures from the Real Estate Institute. 

Jesse speaks to Susan St John, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Auckland Business School, who's offered her ideas for dealing with the housing crisis in a recent article published by Newsroom. 

Susan St John

Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

2:30 Ask the archaeologist: Brigid Gallagher of Time Team fame is the expert!

For our expert segment this week, we're talking to archaeologist Brigid Gallagher who is a Heritage Conservation Specialist based at Waihi Beach.

You may recognise her name from the British TV series Time Team. She talks to Jesse today about the importance and relevance of archaeology in the modern world and is also happy to answer your questions - email

Archeologist Brigid Gallagher.

Archeologist Brigid Gallagher. Photo: Supplied.

3:10 Dr Craig Wright: Why IQ is overrated

IQ is an overrated way to measure genius. Beethoven couldn't do maths. Steve Jobs barely finished high school. Dr Craig Wright has seen a genius or two in his time as a PhD student at Harvard and professor of music at Yale. He identifies the traits that put Stephen Hawking in the same company as Kanye West, in his book The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit - Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness.

Dr Craig Wright

Dr Craig Wright Photo: Public Domain

3:35 Voices

In ‘Voices’ today;  Kadambari Raghukumar talks to a couple who’ve helped transformed nearly 24 hectares of disused dairy land into native bush.

3:45 The Panel with Wendyl Nissen and Mike Rehu