What makes Aro Valley our Eco Valley?

aro_community_20140727_5537Aro Valley is quickly taking the title of Eco Valley, as recently resident Julia Stace, Te Aro School and the Aro Valley Community Center have all had solar panels installed, which will produce their own renewable power. This will add to the valley’s legacy of already being a leader in community action.

In this two part series these Aro Valley initiators talk about what they think contributes to Aro Valleys constant action towards positive environmental change.

In part 1 resident Julia Stace ( far left) on why she installed photo Voltaic cells on her home and Charles Barrie (centre) from Aro Valley’s community gardens Kai o Te Aro on the surprising benefits of the community gardens and his idea on a vision for Aro Valley.

In Part two Louise Sherrell of Aro Solar, (represented by other Aro Solar project team members Miranda Voke  2nd right and Ollie 2nd left), resident Karen MacIntyre ( centre back) on some valley history that changed it forever and community coordinator Kelvin Aris talks about community resilience.

A must listen for all communities and neighborhoods trying to kick start change.

Part 1

Part 2

Thanks to Virginia Woods Jack for the photo.


Alister Barry and Abi King Jones – Hot Air

Hot Air - Abi and AlistairWellington Directors Alister Barry and Abi King-Jones talk about their new documentary Hot Air which has it’s world premiere at the Wellington International film festival. Hot Air explores the politics of climate change in New Zealand and discovers that “the truth is more inconvenient than ever” (NZIFF film guide).

For more information here is a link to the preview and trailer for Hot Air http://www.nziff.co.nz/2014/wellington/hot-air/ 

Juli Hunter, Fi Clements and Teresa Scott – designers talk eco fashion

photo (2) Juli Hunter, Fi Saurus of Senorita AweSUMO and Teresa Scott general manger of chalkydigits Christchurch are all Fashion labels showing at New Zealand Eco Fashion Exposed, New Zealand’s Eco Fashion week, which kicks off in Lower Hutt today. In this live interview they discuss why as designers they are so committed to the Eco Fashion Movement, how their labels are working to overcome some of the big issues of the fashion industry.

A few references from the interview:

Jim Scott and Max-A-Million – it’s a family affair


After creating an institution with their Friday Night Drive show on RadioActive, DJ’s Jim Scott and Max-A-Million celebrated their last show after 5 years.

No big deal perhaps – except they are a father and son duo. In fact Max was practically bought up around the studio as Jim has been contributing to the Radio Active air waves for around 30 years.

I managed to grab this interview with them before Max left for overseas, in which they reflect on what it was like to be a father and son team, their family love of music and the funny things about their time on air together.

Check out the song at the end of the interview. It was the last song Jim played on their last show, Family Affair by Mary J. Blige

Pat Robins – great films from a great grandmother


Pat Robins has been a constant female presence in the NZ film industry since the 1970’s. She was also part of the pioneering travelling show Blerta who created their own unique style of entertainment at a time when when New Zealand was merely following what was going on overseas. Blerta consequently spawned a crux of New Zealand’s best creatives of which quite a few are Pat’s family.  Now as a great grandmother she is still driven to direct another of her own films, called Food For Thought. Wow.

In this interview I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to Pat live on B-Side Stories, about her interesting life, and why she is getting such incredible support from family, friends and some top actresses.

For those of you who are interested here is some more information for the Boosted Crowd funder campaign for Food For Thought – a short film


Here is a link to the Blerta song at the end of the interview with all time NZ great vocalist Beaver. http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/song?q=Blerta%20Hit%20Us%20With%20The%20Truth

Marianne Elliot – Living under Fire

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Not only is Marianne Elliott the smiling face that greets you upon entry to Welly’s most fun restaurant LaBocaLoca, she is the author of Zen Under Fire a book of memoirs about her time as a human rights lawyer in war torn Afghanistan, a Yoga Guide, and she is about take on a new role as change maker with ActionStation.

Part 1 – Before she hits the ground with this next project, I wanted to ask her about her life and death experiences in Afghanistan, how she got through this time and why she came back to Wellington.


Part 2 – Marianne Elliott chats about the effects of the organic tequila at her restaurant LaBocaLoca, her new role at ActionStation and some wonderful insights into what she thinks is important right now, especially for women in our community.

Bella Kalolo – a big voice for the Maui’s


Bella Kalolo is a soulful lady with a big voice and now she is stepping up for those who do not have one, by heading the the WWF New Zealand campaign to save the last 55 Maui’s Dolphin from extinction.

In this interview Bella talks about why preserving our precious native dolphins is so important, how we can also preserve the wellington music industry, as well as what has become important in her life in music.
Thanks to Lou Hatton for this great shot of Bella and all the shots for the WWF Last 55 Maui campaign. Also nice illustration by Lisa Nicole Moes.
You can also help by becoming one of the 52 000 who have already signed here. www.thelast55.co.nz
And here is a link to Bella singing “I’m every Woman” with Chaka Khan.