Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 8 March 2012

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

1:15 Your Place

2:10 Feature stories

2:30 New Zealand International Arts Festival review

Hone Kouka’s play Tu, based on Patricia Grace’s novel; the Latin jazz concert Cubano Be! Cubano Bop!; and whether this festival buzz has generated big audiences.

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Gallery: New Zealand International Arts Festival

2:45 Feature Album

3:12 Arts Report

3:33 Southern story: Gone in a flash

In December 2011 Golden Bay experienced as much rainfall in one day as it usually would for the whole of the month. 764mm fell over 48 hours, mostly east of Takaka township - from Clifton to Wainui Bay bordering the Abel Tasman National Park.

Lahar-like flows of debris swept whole trees across the land, wiping out homes and gardens. Miraculously there were no human deaths, but in such an isolated part of the country with a great growing climate, many people rely on their gardens for fresh food.

Sage Forest visits some missing gardens and talks to folk about how they were gone in a flash.

See aerial pictures by Gerry Draper.

Tui Gardens
Tui Community Gardens, Wainui Bay, covered in 1.5m of Point Separation granite sand (slips on hill visible).

Damage in Golden Bay
Left: Birds Clearing destruction, Clifton Hill. Right: a slip on the road to Wainui.

3:40 Our Changing World

4:06 The Panel