Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 15 February 2018

Short Story Club

After 3 we will talk about 2 New Zealand poems, which are featured in a special NZ issue of the international magazine, Poetry.

And whoever sends us the best email about one or all of them wins a copy of Poetry.

Identity Politics by Tayi Tibble

The Truth about Palmerston North by Tim Upperton

Tim Upperton's poem refers to this one by James Brown: I come from Palmerston North

1:10 First song: Wilde Taylor

Auckland Singer Songwriter and Guitarist Jesse Wilde joins us with his latest project - a duo called 'Wilde Taylor'. Their debut album is out tomorrow, and they perform one of their songs live in our Auckland studio

Jesse Wilde and Ed Taylor

Jesse Wilde and Ed Taylor Photo: supplied

1:15 Farmers low on confidence

Concerns about finding the right staff, struggles with drought and other issues like the spreading of the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis are all factors giving farmers a bleak view of the year to come.

Federated Farmers has released its Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey and the organisation's vice president Andrew Hoggard says compared to last year, optimism has dropped 23 percent and that doubles when farmers are asked to look forward over 2018.

Drought has been declared in Otago and Southland.

Drought has been declared in Otago and Southland. Photo: RNZ

1:25 You can now rent a bach on Rangitoto Island

Two baches on Rangitoto Island have been restored and can now be rented.

They went on to the rent-a-bach market at the start of December last year and they've been very popular.

Joining us to discuss the restoration of the baches is Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust's chair Elizabeth Andrew.

1:30 Plogging man Matt Akehurst

Matt Akehurst has spent a lot of time in the last 25 days plogging around.

That is: running and picking up rubbish. And he's been busy, having picked up 4500 pieces of trash in that time. He has a Facebook page where he's promoting the clean up he is doing.

He's going for 7000 pieces in 70 days so he's well on track.

Plogging man Matt Akehurst

Plogging man Matt Akehurst Photo: Supplied

1:40 Great album

2:10 Tech talk with Paul Brislen

The Government is in the process of appointing a Chief Technology Officer. Why do we need one?

2:20 Geoff Simmons: financial meltdown 101

Are we at the beginning of another financial meltdown? To try and get to grips with all this, we've brought back Geoffonomics!

 

2:35 The history of NZ political hit jobs

We have heard a lot about alleged political hit jobs over the past year or so: Winston Peters and the superannuation overpayment last year and Chris Bishop on Snapchat last week. Yet political hit jobs are as old as politics and permeate NZ's history.  

Our regular historian Grant Morris takes a look back on political hit jobs before 1980.

Prime Minister Bill Rowling delivers an outline of the Labour government’s economic policy in 1975 with ministers Colin Moyle (centre) and Michael Connelly (right) seated beside him.

Prime Minister Bill Rowling delivers an outline of the Labour government’s economic policy in 1975 with ministers Colin Moyle (centre) and Michael Connelly (right) seated beside him. Photo: Te Ara / Public Domain

3:10 Short Story Club

Poet and editor, Chris Price joins us to talk about 2 New Zealand poems, which are featured in a special NZ issue of the international magazine, Poetry. And whoever sends us the best email about one or both of them wins a copy of Poetry.

Identity Politics by Tayi Tibble

The Truth about Palmerston North by Tim Upperton

Tim Upperton's poem refers to this one by James Brown: I come from Palmerston North

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Therese Crocker joins us from Palmerston North to tell us about her thesis, Settling Treaty Claims: The Formation of Policy on Treaty of Waitangi Claims in the Pioneering Years, 1988-1998

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Jenna Raeburn and David Cormack