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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 30 March 2021


1:12 First Song: Muroki

Raglan based musician Muroki is in to play today's first song.

He's been the March featured artist for the "Ones to Watch" by Live Nation and Vodafone.


Muroki Photo: supplied

1:17 Are we now breathing in plastics from the air?

Tiny pieces of plastic are floating in New Zealand's air, according to the first study of its kind in this country.

The findings are from research by the University of Canterbury and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research.

University of Canterbury atmospheric chemist Dr Laura Revell was one of the paper's authors and explains to Jesse the significance of their find.

Microplastics on the beach.

Photo: 123RF

1:27 An increase in Māori and Pasifika tertiary enrollments

Record numbers of Māori and Pasifika students have signed up for tertiary education this year.

Figures show that Māori student enrolments are up 14.5 percent and Pasifika students up by 15.2 percent.

Jesse speaks to Jaistone Finau, president of Tauira Pasifika, the national association for Pasifika students about the upsurge in enrollment numbers.

Students at Pacific Advance Secondary School. Note only use identifying pictures for stories about PASS - only non-identifiying pictures may be reused.

Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

1:35 Invasive wasps learn to share resources leading to issues for native species

Invasive wasps are sharing resources rather than competing each other, and it's a worrying finding for conversation.

That's according to a University of Auckland study looking at introduced wasps on Ahauhu/ Great Mercury Island off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Lead author Dr Julia Schmack talks to Jesse about why this poses such a big problem for other native wildlife.

German wasp

German wasp Photo: Pixabay free use

1:50 How to Write a will

For today's feature Jesse speaks to Public Trust chief executive, Glenys Talivai about how to write a will and what you need to do to ensure it is recognised after death.

A man signing a last will and testament document.

A man signing a last will and testament document. Photo: 123RF

2:10 Book Critic: Robert Kelly

Best selling author Beverly Cleary has passed away at the age of 104. As well as writing many of the biggest selling junior fiction hits of the mid 20th century Cleary was also a librarian. That's got our book critic Rob Kelly thinking about librarians and fiction. He wanders into the studio with a stack of books by librarians or about libraries.  


Bookshelf. Photo: 123RF

2:20 Music feature: Taylor Swift

Today's music feature is celebrating American pop mega-star Taylor Swift.

She the first woman to have every won a Grammy for Album of the Year three times! 

Among her fan base is NZME entertainment reporter Lydia Burgham who counts herself as a "Swiftie". She joins Jesse to talk about the TayTay phenomenon!

Singer Taylor Swift

Singer Taylor Swift Photo: AFP

3:10 How a Glenorchy businesswoman turned the tables on a scammer

When Emma Ferris discovered the man she'd been dating for six months had conned her out of more than 250-thousand dollars, there was no way she was going to let him get away with it.  So the Glenorchy Mum and businesswoman took a page from his playbook, set a trap and he fell for it.  She tells the tale of what happened to her and offers advice about the warning signs she ignored in a popular podcast, Conning The Con.

Emma Ferris

Emma Ferris Photo: supplied

3.35 Spoken feature, Healthy or Hoax

Stacey Morrison looks into stomach banding for weight loss – but not just the traditional surgical kind – we’re also looking into the more controversial virtual kind.

Chatellerault Hospital. Coelioscopic surgery. Placement of gastric ring.


3:45 The Panel with Victoria Stewart and Allan Blackman