Thomas Robins and David Stubbs – the road trip

Thomas and David Winning Emmy


Wouldn’t getting your viewers to text in your script and crowd sourcing your actors seem like a logistical nightmare? Not for these Emmy award winning directors Thomas Robins and David Stubbs.  In this interview they talk about their interactive TV show Reservoir Hill ( filmed right here in Welly and now Sweden has adapted it for their viewers as well) and the recently launched Road Trip, that crowd sourced the kiwi characters that were encountered along the way.


Rose Kirkup – everybody cool lives here

Rose Kirkup

This interview is with another Wellington heroine, Rose Marie Kirkup ( with the beard), who is one of the drivers and founders behind Everybody Cool Lives Here. Her mission is to pair the talents of artists with intellectual disabilities with a team of Welly’s top emerging actors for more winning shows like Wake Up Tomorrow which is one of the New Zealand Fringe Festival hit picks this season.


Catherine Hill, Deirdre Marshall, David Laing, Michelle Ducat – Car Free Families

Car free familiesHave you ever wondered how you’d cope if you didn’t own a car? Me too! So in this interview we found four Wellington and Lower Hutt families who, by choice, are car free or nearly car free.

They talk about why, the challenges, tips, and some unexpected benefits of not owning or using their cars.

Many thanks to those who contributed to this interview.

Nathalie Boltt – the Vajazzler
















In this chat with illustrious Wellington actress Nathalie Boltt we find out why this nice girl who is normally known for her roles in big blockbusters like District 9 and Doomsday, would want to write, crowdfund, direct AND play lead actress in a film about revenge and blinging up her vajayjay in Vajazzle – A Short Film.

If you havn’t seen the teasers yet check out

To watch Vajazzle, which is being launched this Valentines Day, check out and don’t be afraid to share share share.

Aaron Packard – the 350 man

Aaron Packard

Aaron Packard is one of those guys that gives you faith that the world will be an ok  in the future. With Global Divestment Day about to hit this Sat Feb 14th, Aaron gives us an understanding of what it’s all about and also talks about his work at as Oceania’s Region Coordinator which oversees all of 350’s operations across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. And he also founded 350 Aotearoa right here in his home town of Wellington. Wow.


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Mark Antony Steelsmith – black dog failure

Mark Relaxed

This is Mark Antony Steelsmith, he is mostly an animation artist. He also has a family, a post grad diploma in fine arts, depression and an exhibition called Black Dog Failure on at Toi Poneke Arts Centre until Feb 7th. In this interview we talk about all of these things.

Mark also is holding an animation workshop this Saturday 7th at Toi Poneke from 10 – 2pm ( possibly full but please contact the gallery.)

Susan Hutchinson Daniel – ciclovia rides again

Ciclovia Shelley Bay 2

One of the best days in Welly’s summer calender, Ciclovia Wellington is about to become three, with the first one kicking off this Sunday the 8th and the others on the 15th of Feb and the 8th of March. In this interview one of Ciclovia’s organisers, Susan Hutchinson – Daniel, talks about why these car free, open street days are manifesting globally.

Also if you’d like to give a little koha to help with the costs and to secure the event for future neighbourhoods please help out with their Pledge me campaign here;

And if you would love to be part of smiley volunteer team they would love your help:

Thanks to Alastair Smith for the photo’s.