Our Wins for 2014

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What a year! And while there have been some losses, there have certainly been some wins. So for our very last show on B-Side Stories for 2014 we’ve talked to some of the people who have been working very hard to make sure we as a community, city and nation have had some good wins.

A big thanks to Lee Barry of WWF New Zealand, Matt Dagger of Kaibosh, Isabella Cawthorn of Frocks On Bikes, Pat Shepherd of One Percent Collective, Nina Atkinson of Generation Zero , Karen Fifield, Ceo of the Wellington Zoo and Marianne Elliot of ActionStation for sharing this information with us all.  Whoop whoop. Nice work.




Johanna and Laurie Sanders – here to stay

The Village Market

Father and daughter team, Laurie and Johanna Sanders, have a pretty big vision for the The Village Market out in Lower Hutt. Laurie, the self appointed “Artisan Godfather”, insists that the market is the future, as all businesses start small and the Village Market will enable more of this to happen. Many of our unique Wellington businesses started in a market so I am inclined to agree, but in this interview I found Laurie is so convinced, he is going to leave this as his legacy for the Hutt community. The Village Market is here to stay.

Summer of Fun – Kelvin Aris interviews Stephen Templer and Drew James

Kelvin Aris

Kelvin Aris, better known as the Kelvinator, takes over hosting B-Side Stories as he is on a mission to get us all excited about summer fun happening next year in Welly. In this show he talks to street festival master, Stephen Templer about the summer games we’ll be able to get involved with. Also artistic director Drew James for CubaDupa, joins them to talk about the incredibly exciting line -up and how to be part of the mother of all festivals about to hit Welly.

All I can say is you’ll need to take a few weeks off by the sounds of things, and I am totally in the mood after listening to this. And if you do one thing check out the Sambassadors you tube track link below.




And for the Sambassadors Bruce Lee Bowla track, don’t miss this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hco-D5C_e9U

The Sew Good Cooperative Mums – a common unity

SewGood_CUP_20141128_6040These are the Mum’s from The The Common Unity Project Aotearoa Sew Good Cooperative at Epuni School in Lower Hutt. Of all the stories B-Side Stories has done, this one is possibly the most powerful, Why? Because their story is a community led response to the economic and social pressures facing a huge percentage of our country. These women are doing it for themselves.

After founder Julia Milne has taken a few awards this year as the Overall Winner at the Wellington Airport Community Awards and the Sustainable Champion at the NZI Sustainable Business Awards for her work and vision on the project, we thought we’d go and have a chat with the Mums to see what the best things about the year were for them…..and it wasn’t what we thought.

If you think these women were doing an awesome thing please vote here as they are in the running for a grant that will really help their Koha Kitchen come to life.Closes Dec 11 so please do it today. It takes two clicks.



Thanks to Virginia Woods-Jack ….Photographer