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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 25 February 2021

1.12 First Song:


1:17 Reserve Bank told to take into account housing when decision-making

The Government's ignored advice from the Reserve Bank governor about house prices being factored in to their monetary policy decisions.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has changed the Bank's remit so it must consider government policy on house prices when deciding  on its own  financial policy functions.

Business journalist Bernard Hickey talks to Jesse about that change and why the reserve bank governor was reluctant for it to happen.

Open home sign at a house for sale in East Auckland

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

1:27 Concerns for native mussels in Wairarapa

The annual kākahi (mussels) monitoring survey day at Lake Domain Reserve in the Wairarapa has come up with some concerning results.

While there were plenty of adult kākahi found, not a single juvenile specimen was found.

Niwa freshwater ecologist Mark Fenwick explains to Jesse what that means for the sustainability of them.

Large adult kakahi or freshwater mussel.

Large adult kakahi or freshwater mussel. Photo: Linton Miller

1:35 Ditching NCEA Latin could curtail career options

The decision by then Education minister, Chris Hipkins to remove Latin from all NCEA levels is being criticised by a Victoria University PhD candidate in the history programme.

Josh King argues that Latin is a subject which can encourage the joys of seeing a language and open possibilities for students.

He talks to Jesse about why he's arguing against the trend to ditch Latin here and around the world from school curricula.

1:45 Great album: DAFT CLUB by Daft Punk

2:10 Music Critic: Colin Morris

For today's music review Colin is looking at a new album from Passenger, Songs for the Drunk and Brokenhearted as well as an album called, Behind the Song,

2:25 NZ Screen History: After School with Olly Ohlson

Keep Cool till After School. It was the catchphrase of Olly Ohlson, the host of the TVNZ show, After School in the early 1980's and a pioneer of Māori language and Māori content on television.

Te Hata Pihopa Tapui Olly Ohlson grew up as the youngest of 19 children in the Uruwera area and now lives in Dunedin. He talks to Jesse about his years hosting After School and how important it was for him to bring te reo into children's lives.

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Your Money with Mary Holm 

Mary Holm is continuing her theme of where to invest your money in these times if you're not paying extra off your mortgage.

She talks more about shares as an investment option and about people's fears of putting their money into them.

Mary Holm

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

3.35 Spoken feature: BBC Witness History

The great American singer Mary Wilson died earlier this month. She made her name in the 1960s as part of the hugely successful Motown group the Supremes. Vincent Dowd spoke to Mary a few years ago.

It was in August 1964 that the Supremes conquered the US music charts. There'd been an invasion that year of British bands... with UK acts at number one for a total of 24 weeks. But starting in August that year there were five consecutive number ones from a group which rivalled even the Beatles.  And which was everything they were not: American, female and black.


3:45 The Panel with Caroline Daley and Ben Thomas