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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 18 June 2021


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1:17 Super rugby trans-Tasman final at Eden Park tomorrow

The end of the super rugby trans-Tasman final is going to be played at Eden Park tomorrow night.

Two New Zealand teams are in the finals, with the Blues squaring off against the Highlanders.

Jesse speaks to speaks to Sky Sports commentator Kirsty Stanway about how the competition has shaped up and why the Australian teams performed so badly.

Dalton Papalii and Bryce Heem.
Blues training at Blues HQ, Epsom, Auckland on Tuesday 15th June 2021 ahead of the Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final against the Highlanders at Eden Park.
Mandatory credit: © Andrew Cornaga /

Photo: © Andrew Cornaga / Photosport Ltd 2021

1:27 How do you know you're buying kiwi made? 

Apparently it's not as hard as you would expect to masquarade as a New Zealand company from a lot of places around the world.

The issue's been highlighted in a recent column by Ben Kepes, who's a Christchurch based investor and entrepreneur. He recently popped in for a coffee at a local cafe C4, of which he owns 98 percent stake in its parent company C Group.

The cafe owner had a pretty upsetting tale to share. Ben Kepes talks to Jesse.

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1:35 A sell out for Small Hall Sessions Reb Fountain tour

Where's your favourite place to see a gig?

It might be a stadium or even a paddock. But kiwi promoter and producer Jamie Macphail is a big believer in a more intimate space.

He runs Small Hall Sessions touring which takes big name kiwi artists around the country playing in some of its most special venues.

He talks to Jesse  from the road between two packed out Reb Fountain gigs.

Reb Fountain

Reb Fountain Photo: Supplied

1:50 Young farmer an important rural voice on  Manawatū District Council

One of the country's youngest local body politicians, is a farmer, sheepdog trial champion, bull breeder and horse trainer.

Farmer Heather Gee-Taylor was recently featured on Country Calendar talking about how important it is for the farming community to have a voice in politics.

She talks to Jesse about making sure her rural community is heard in local politics.

Heather Gee-Taylor with her farm dogs

Heather Gee-Taylor with her farm dogs Photo: RNZ/Sally Round

2:10 Film Review Ali Ventura

Today reviewer Ali Ventura talks to Jesse about the latest iteration of Cruella starring Emma Stone. She's also been to see Days of the Bagnold Summer, a British coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird.

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2:20 NZ Live: Candice Milner

Lyttelton indie-folk songwriter Candice Milner is joins us in the studio for NZ Live this week.

Candice released her debut album Evergreen at just 18. It won her a spot as a finalist for 'Best Folk Artist' at the 2018 NZ Music Awards.

Today we celebrate the release of her sophomore album, Depressional Season.

Candice Milner with her band.

Candice Milner with her band. Photo: Supplied.

3:08 Pea, mint and halloumi fritters

Chef, photographer and author Emma Galloway joins Jesse today to share her recipe for pea, mint and halloumi fritters. She's also got a few variations of the recipe which involve a minor tweak of ingredients to become three other different fritters. You can find her recipe with the variations here.

Pea, Mint and Halloumi Fritters

Pea, Mint and Halloumi Fritters Photo: Emma Galloway

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 Weekend Stuff with Stan Scott

This week builder Stan Scott joins Jesse to answer your DIY questions. Text in any queries on 2101 or email

3:35 Critter of the Week

This week’s critter is the native Tiger Leech, one of only a few species of blood-sucking leeches in Aotearoa. It has distinctive yellow and black racing-stripes on its back and is used in medical emergencies—it can suck up to 5 times its bodyweight in blood!

Tiger Leech

Tiger Leech Photo: CC BY-4.0 Stephen Moore, Manaaki Whenua, Landcare research

3:45 The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Alan McElroy