Nadia Reid- the new folk generation


I first saw Nadia Reid perform as the honorary support for Julia Deans at Paekakariki’s Village Hall. I then shouted myself her debut album, ‘listen to formation, look for the signs’ which I have had on high rotate since Christmas. I am still discovering the joy of it. Nadia is certainly part of the new generation of emerging kiwi folk artists, but this woman writes and sings way beyond her 23 years of life experience. I was very excited to interview Nadia this week and even more excited that she is back in Welly to play at Meow this Sunday the 28th June.

Photograph by Liz Platova

Sunday 28th June – Meow – Wellington – with Womb + Gram Antler

Nadia Reid you tube -Track of Time

Clare Bowden – Mandatory meets Miramar

Claire Mandatory - blue IMG_7630 This is the illustrious and industrious Clare Bowden, designer for one of Welly’s most iconic businesses, Mandatory Menswear. She along with business partner Fiona Edwards has been dressing men from around the country and beyond from their Cuba street store for 18 years now. In this interview Clare talks about what it is like being in the rag trade for men and how she got the zips into the armpits of Fat Freddy’s Drop horn player, Joe Lindsay’s suits, and why Mandatory are popping up in Miramar next week.

Thanks to Pat Shepherd for the photo.

Mandatory Menswear Pop Up Shop at Sadhana Yoga Studio, 9 Park Road, Miramar Tuesday 30TH June – Sunday 5TH July 2015


Fathia, Mohammed and Kate – world refugee day

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Fathia escaped the war in Yemen with her two babies, to then spend 12 years as a refugee family in Ethiopia waiting for a new country. She had never heard of new Zealand but after requesting a “peace country” she and her family arrived in Wellington about 10 years ago. To celebrate World Refugee Day New Zealand we will have a chat with Fathia, her son Mohammed and Kate Miller, their volunteer support person about their experience of settling into Wellington. The answers are not what I thought and every kiwi needs to hear this.

“Wellington is one of five main centers that accepts refugees and currently we take twice our National share” Murdoch Willliams

if you think we could take more refugees into New Zeaand.

To meet more Refugees in New Zealand

Midge Murray – for the love of art

Carla and Midge Launch2195 Carla Russell and Midge Murray, are the dynamic duo behind the incredibly successful NZ Art Show, which for 12 years has supported artists from all over the country, by getting thousand’s of kiwi art pieces into Kiwi homes, and has encouraged around one hundred thousand through its doors over this time, to enjoy what NZ art has to offer.

In this interview we talk to Midge Murray, Carla’s trusty off-sider about the journey of taking the art show from strength to strength, why Wellington works as NZ Art Show’s location and how they’ve succeeded working together for 11 years.

The NZ art show is kicking off this Friday at the TSB arena and is open to the public all weekend. Adults $10 and children are free.

Neil Anderson – from one night parties to a 500 year plan

2015-05-25 14.20.58 Not every city in the world can boast an eco-sanctuary just 10 minutes from it’s center and while we Wellingtonians may sometimes take the 20 year impact of this for granted, ranger Neil Anderson certainly doesn’t, even after working there for 15 years. In this interview we hear about Neil’s diverse daily work at the sanctuary and how he went from creating one night parties for Louis Vuitton, at New York Fashion Week to working towards a 500 year vision for Zealandia Ecosanctuary.

Jennifer Whitty – the space between

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The first time I heard that Massey lecturers Jenn Whitty and Holly McQuillan were creating a fashion range made of up-cycled New Zealand Post corporate uniform waste, I thought they had they had a huge job in front of them, but it seems they are up to so much more than that.
In this interview lecturer and designer Jenn Whitty talks about the label and concept for Space Between. ” We don’t have a waste problem, we have a design problem.”

Although Space Between are not showing, NZ Eco Fashion Week is kicking off it’s third year this week, so demand is certainly rising for less harmful but just as stylish fashion options.

For more fashion that considers it’s environmental impact

Myele Manzanza, Alex Lee, and Dan Shanan- Festival Fantastic

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With over 100 gigs scheduled for the Wellington Jazz festival, Jen Riches gets to interview one of Welly’s most progressive musicians Myele Manzanza about how he came to be part of the ROSS MCHENRY FUTURE ENSEMBLE and the very wide world of jazz.

Plus the Documentary Edge Film Festival directors, Alex Lee and Dan Shanan talk to Jen about the potential Wellington has to become the Hub for all film festivals?