1:15 Native forests barriers to protect East Coast waterways from storms

An East Coast forestry project will see native forest barriers planted along the coast to protect waterways in future storms.

Past storms in the area have seen tens of thousands of cubic metres of forestry waste tumble down rivers and wash onto beaches.

The project is the first of its kind in New Zealand, and it will be managed by the environmental land use business eLand NZ which as signed a 90-year agreement with landowner Aratu Forests..

Jesse talks with eLandNZ managing director Sheldon Drummond.

Contractors work to clear logs from as river along Paroa Rd north of Tolaga Bay.

Forestry waste in water ways in Tologa Bay in 2020 Photo: Gisborne Hiabs / Justin Martin


1:27 Graduating a continent away from family 

Graduations are a moment for celebration, but that's hard at the moment for families spread across the globe. Divya Rathore is graduating from the University of Auckland today with a Master of Laws degree, but her family are 1200 kilometres away in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. 

University graduate with cap.

Photo: 123RF

1:37 NZ's first rock lottery! 

Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music are throwing their names in a hat. The Aotearoa Rock Lottery breaks up big bands and rearranges their members into whole new outfits. The first of it's kind is coming up on the 19th of June. Organiser Fen Ikner and musician Fiona Campbell join Jesse to explain how it all works. 

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Photo: Rock Lottery


1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

RNZ producer and onetime bookseller Robert Kelly presents his weekly quiz.

2.12 Podcast Critic

Caitlin Cherry reviews Tim Harford's podcast Cautionary Tales and the true crime podcast West Cork


2:25 Bookmarks with Rebecca K Reilly

The Bookmarks guest today is Rebecca K Reilly, a writer from Tamaki Makaurau who has just released her debut novel Greta and Valdin.

The book follows the escapades of two siblings who share an Auckland apartment and their eccentric Māori-Russian-Catalonian family. 

She talks to Jesse about what she enjoys watching, reading and listening to when she's not writing herself. 



The Laughing Man, J D Salinger

Anastasia Krupnik, Lois Lowry

Emily's Runaway Imagination, Beverly Cleary 

Less, Andrew Sean Greer



The Girl Most Likely To (1973)

Deerskin (2019)

Félicité (2017)

Djon África (2018)


TV shows

The Circle Brazil

Sing On

Beachfront Bargain Hunt

Work of Art



Sibylle Baier – Forget About

Mani Orrason – I Swear It's True

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Old Panda Days

June Jones – Meryl

Author Rebecca K Reilly

Author Rebecca K Reilly Photo: Ebony Lamb Photography

3:10 Tina Turner's last project, her documentary

Poverty, domestic abuse, racism; Tina Turner overcame all of it to become the record-breaking queen of Rock and Roll.  Her story is as legendary as her music. 

Now at age 81, she's ready to say goodbye to the past in her in a new documentary called Tina. The film will premiere in New Zealand at the Doc Edge documentary festival. 

Jesse talks to Oscar winning directors and Lindsay and T.J. Martin about Tina Turner's last project and farewell to her fans.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner Photo: supplied


3:35 Stories from Our Changing World  Fight for the Wild 4: What’s in it for us?

Fight for the Wild is a documentary film & podcast series exploring the notion of Predator Free 2050 in Aotearoa.

Episode 4, What’s in it for Us? counts both the cost of Predator Free, and the benefits. It explores the costs of not doing it, before setting out a range of possible, positive outcomes for the economy, our exports, for Aotearoa’s standing on the world stage, but most importantly, for ourselves and those who will follow.

And in one of the last interviews Sir Rob Fenwick gave before his death in March 2020, he talks about what Predator Free meant to him, and estimates our chances of success.

Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund

Rob Fenwick with Ropata

Rob Fenwick with Ropata Photo: Kiwis for Kiwi

3:45 The Panel with Wendyl Nissen and Ed Amon