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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 5 February 2021


1.12 First Song:

1:17 Band gets their stolen equipment returned

Hamilton based band, The Monroes, were bereft at the end of last month when a trailer containing all of their equipment to perform was stolen from a secure storage facility.

Their friend Layton Lillas put the call out for it to be returned so they could fulfill their upcoming bookings and yesterday the gear was found. He talks to Jesse about the good news.

Munroes band equipment found

Munroes band equipment found Photo: supplied

1:27 Instrument bank to help promising young musicians 

If you have any string instruments gathering dust in your cupboards, you could help a promising young musician.

The Michael Hill International Violin Competition Charitable Trust has just launched an instrument bank

Anne Rodda, executive director of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, explains how it works.

Anne Rodda, executive director of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Anne Rodda, executive director of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Photo: Supplied

1:35 Central Interceptor unearths rare and unidentified species

As work continues on Auckland's Central Interceptor, more and more rare and in some cases, unidentified prehistoric species are being discovered.

There's also been significant progress on the 1.2 billion dollar project. Watercare's executive programme director the Central Interceptor project, Shayne Cunis talks to Jesse about where things are at and what they've found.

1:50 The story of Eastwoodhill Arboretum 

During a family holiday in Gisborne last weekend, Jesse happened upon the Eastwoodhill Arboretum, and learnt about the attraction's incredible story.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum curator Martin Weaver will share some of the story. 

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Photo: Tairawhiti Gisborne

2:10 Film Review with Graeme Tuckett

Today Graeme reviews High Ground and Another Round.

2:20 NZ Live Louis Baker 

Louis Baker joins Jesse from our Wellington studio for an acoustic session ahead of his Waitangi Day in Wellington, and a special performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, on February 11. 

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Photo: supplied

3:08 Xi'an's Cucumber Salad

Food writer Anna King-Shahab from Lazy Susan joins Jesse to talk about Auckland eatery Xi'an's. She also shares one of their recipes for cucumber salad. There's more to it than that sounds. You can follow the recipe here.

Xi'An's Cucumber salad

Xi'An's Cucumber salad Photo: Liz Clarkson

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 Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

Today Lynda reminds everyone going back to work that the garden still needs a hand. She talks about the importance of making sure there's enough moisture in the ground when the summer days are still hot and dry.

3:35 Critter of the Week: Sun Orchid, Thelymitra 'Ahipara'

This week's critter is a very rare orchid. The Sun Orchid or Thelymitra 'Ahipara' is only found in wetlands in the Far North.

DOC's Nic Toki talks to Jesse about how swamp kauri digging has played a bit part in the plants demise as it thrives in black swamp ooze and peatbog pools.

Thelymitra ‘Ahipara’ Flower Lake Ohia

Thelymitra ‘Ahipara’ Flower Lake Ohia Photo: Bill Campbell


3:45 The Panel with Amy Adams and Russell Brown