Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 8 March 2018

Short Story Club

Our story for discussion after 3 is  A Good Dry-Cleaner is Worth a Story by Rajorshi Chakraborti.

The writer of the best email wins a copy of his novel, The Man Who Would Not See. Jesse@radionz.co.nz

1:10 First song: The Scones

This weekend The Future city music festival is on in Hamilton, headlined by The Datsuns

Among the local bands playing is The Scones... who are with Jesse in our Auckland studio to perform live.

The Scones

The Scones Photo: The Scones

1:15 Deluge for central North Island

Chaos has descended on Hawke's Bay today - a reported 320 milimetres has fallen in parts within the last 24 hours..

Rivers have bulged, roads have been closed from slips and thunderstorms are expected to continue until early tomorrow morning.

Ian Macdonald is the group controller for Hawke's Bay Regional Council and he tells Jesse where the area is worst hit and what people need to be doing.

Police have been turning cars away on the road to Eskdale.

Police have been turning cars away on the road to Eskdale. Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley

1:20 Chris Brandolino from NIWA

The NIWA meterologist gives his take on the wild weather hitting the country and what is to come with Cyclone Hola looming.

1:25 How do you grow the regions economically?

The economic research agency BERL has criticised the Government for being too slow and too bureaucratic with its Provincial Growth Fund.

The Labour, NZ First and Greens government came to power in October last year on the back of big promises to better grow the regions.

But how easy is it to correctly dole out $1 billion a year and target the right projects? We talk to economist Geoff Simmons about ways the Government can invest well in the regions.

Geoff Simmons

Geoff Simmons Photo: RNZ/Rebekah Parsons-King

1:35 Honesty boxes go digital

After being frustrated he didn't have the right cash to buy something at a roadside stall recently Dave Clarke has invented a way of doing it all with your smartphone.

Dave tells Jesse he wants more roadside vendors selling fruit and vegetables to get on board because he thinks his idea of a digital honesty box will bring more buyers to an easier transaction.

Honesty box

Honesty box Photo: Flickr

1:40 Great album: Short Sharp Shocked

2:10 Theatre Critic Mark Amery

Mark Amery reviews shows from the NZ Festival and Auckland Arts Festival

2:20 Your Money with Mary Holm: Has rental property had its run?

This week personal finance expert Mary Holm asks if rental properties are still a good investment.

She looks at the pros and cons of investing in a rental and why rentals are riskier than they seem.

For rent sign in front of two-storey houses.

Photo: 123RF

3:10 Short Story Club

Claire Murdoch joins us in studio to discuss A Good Dry-Cleaner is Worth a Story by Rajorshi Chakraborti.

The writer of the best email wins a copy of his novel, The Man Who Would Not See. Jesse@radionz.co.nz

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Rex Gibson tells us about his thesis on the metazoan parasites of rodents in New Zealand

When beech trees flower and produce large amounts of seed it provides food for pests such as rats.

When beech trees flower and produce large amounts of seed it provides food for pests such as rats. Photo: 123RF

3:30 RNZ Eyewitness

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

4:05 The Panel with Michelle Boag and Verity Johnson