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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 11 February 2021

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1:17 Wellington weekly median rent hits $615 

Wellington is the first region in New Zealand to surpass a weekly median rent of $600.

The current weekly median rent is $615 according to the latest Trade Me Rental Price Index, which is $25 per week higher than Auckland. 

We speak to a young Wellington renter who's just found a flat after a long hunt. 

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Photo: RNZ

1:27 The Burnside boulder butterfly project

Students at Burnside Primary school in Christchurch are helping to bring the boulder copper butterly back to the city. 

The students are part of the B5 Project which stands for Burnside Brings Back Boulder Butterfly.

Entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste explains how the project works, and an exciting development.

Burnside Primary student Valentina, with a Boulder Butterfly.

Burnside Primary student Valentina, with a Photo: Supplied/ Burnside Primary

1:35 Shilo Kino and Astley Nathan go Back to Kura

Journalist and writer Shilo Kino and broadcaster Astley Nathan are two Māori millennials who are taking time off work to complete a year-long full immersion Te Reo Māori course at Te Wānanga o Takiura. 

They have joined forces to document their progress in their podcast Back To Kura

Back to Kura podcast co-hosts Shilo Kino and Astley Nathan.

Back to Kura podcast co-hosts Shilo Kino and Astley Nathan. Photo: Supplied


1:45 Great album: The Brian Wilson Anthology


2:10 Music Critic: Brad Warrington

Brad features two new cover songs he's been enjoying.


2:20 Recipe request: Yorkshire Muffins from Ilex Cafe

Eateries all over the country have their special recipes. We've asked you what recipe you would like from your favourite cafe - and on your behalf we've invited them onto the show to share their secret. Today we're showcasing Yorkshire Muffins from Ilex Cafe.

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Photo: Ilex Cafe/Facebook


2:25 NZ Screen History: Telethon

Telethon was a 24 hour live television show devoted to raising money for a charity. It started in 1975 when it raised a bit over half a million dollars for St John Ambulance. In 1981 it raised over 5 million dollars for disability charities.

The show attracted some pretty big television stars from New Zealand and overseas - including the likes of Basil Brush and Lauren Bacall.

And the man who helped make it all happen is Don Hutchings - the executive producer of the first Telethons, who looks back on making the show.

Telethon 1981

Telethon 1981 Photo: NZ On Screen


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3:15 Your Money with Mary Holm 

Today Mary talks about whether or not paying down your mortgage is still the best strategy with interest rates at all time lows.

Mary Holm

Mary Holm Photo: RNZ/Cole Eastham-Farrelly

3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness


3:45 The Panel with Sally Wenley and Nick Leggett