Eb and Sparrow and Dan Mikkleson – bicycles and music

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DJ Kelvinator talks to Ebony from Eb and Sparrow about their live gig in Bicycle Junction this Sunday 31st May. Ebony plays a selection of unreleased unheard on the radio b-sides tracks especially for us.

And owner of Bicycle junction Dan Mikkleson talks all things bicycles, and about how the burgeoning bike scene in Wellington is building community.

Thanks to Newswire for the photo.

http://www.ebandsparrow.co.nz/

http://www.bicyclejunction.co.nz/

For more about the event, but sorry it is sold out. https://www.facebook.com/events/1605295453081476/

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Ali Whitton – lost bird takes flight

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Ali Whitton and his band LOST BiRD, play live in the Access Radio studio in preparation for the first “proper” gig in a long time. So how does this talented musician who used to be on the same run as Ed Sheeran, touring France and the UK regularly, end up living here in Wellington?  In this interview Ali talks about his musical journey and what the idea of success is now?

If you are into the folky styles do not miss the chance to hear these beautiful songs. Ali is a real word smith. I loved the song “you don’t get strong from an easy life”.

For more music  from LOST BiRD, listen in here https://soundcloud.com/lostbird

Mag E Read – welcome back Margaret

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Mag E Read was an artist and a school teacher until 7 years ago when an unexpected incident changed her life. In this interview Mag E tells her amazing story on how she persisted in re-knowing herself, re-finding her inner artist and the challenge she set herself to do her first exhibition at Roar Gallery called Wall to Wall Fashion.

http://roargallery.org.nz/

Nick Tipping – welly’s jazz phenomenon

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Nick Tipping is a professional jazz bass player from Welly, who plays regularly around town and the country. He has toured with a number of international artists including Grammy winners Mike Stern, Joey DeFrancesco, Kurt Elling as well as a few local greats like Nathan Haines and Roger Fox. He is a member of The Jac, a local 8-piece jazz band which was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. In this interview he talks about the PHD he is doing on Wellington’s jazz scene and where he’ll be playing for the Wellington Jazz Festival.

http://www.jazzfestival.co.nz/

Donna Redmond and Casey James – on the front line for youth

IMG_0197Wellington’s amazing food rescuer’s Kaibosh are holding their very important annual fundraiser ‪#‎MakeaMealInMay‬. So to enthuse us to start cooking up a storm, in this interview we talk to one of the 26 community groups that regularly receives surplus food from Kaibosh; the BGI (Wellington Boys’ and Girls’ Institute).

Donna Redmond and Casey James of the BGI talk to us about the work they do for our youth, how the Kaibosh food gets used and the reality of being on the front line for families.

For more info on how to get involved with fundraising  for Kaibosh http://www.kaibosh.org.nz/make-a-meal-in-may/

Another small fact about the Boys and Girls Institute, they have 137 volunteers, who put in 14,144 hours- which is nearly 7 years of 40 hour weeks.

Daniel Kinne – the fair trader

Daniel Fair Trade FortnightDaniel Kinne is a coffee farmer from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He is also a founding member and the chairman, of the Highland Organic Agricultural Cooperative (HOAC) which includes 2600 farmers.

He is here to celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight, through Fairtrade New Zealand and to share his stories on the impact we have on communities like his, when we buy Fair trade.

But what fascinates me, is that this man manages to get the 2600 farmers of this collective to make a decision together on how to spend the premiums ($ from their sales) for their community . Is he learning from us or are we learning from him?

 

Daniels coffee can be drunk at Kokako, available at Common Sense Organics and Esquires.

Wellington was the first Fair Trade City in New Zealand.

In 2013 New Zealanders spent $69.3 Million dollars on Fair Trade goods.

 

Nik Bruce-Smith and Rob Harris – medicine men

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By day, Nik Bruce-Smith and Rob Harris look like anyone else in a suit on Lambton Quay. But by night, they are an integral part of Wellington’s burgeoning comedy scene, taking The Medicine stand-up comedy at VK’s Comedy & Blues Bar to become Welly’s hottest, sell out weekly comedy show, winning the Wellington leg of the Comedy Quest and after selling out 5 nights in their last year’s show, they have another not to be missed act in this NZ International Comedy Festival – “Coming of (Middle) Age.”

For more info and bookings on Nik and Robs show in the International Comedy Festival visit http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/wellington/show/coming-of-middle-age