Geoff Simmons, is an economist working for the Morgan Foundation and he is also a big hitter in our conservation world for his involvement in the infamous Cats to Go campaign and Enhancing the Halo. So what is he doing acting in a comedy about to show at BATS Theatre called the The F Word Wellington– that delves into modern feminism in New Zealand?
In this interview Geoff along with improviser and drama teacher Kate Wilson talk about the F-word and why feminism still remains high on the list of difficult stuff we need to address.
B-Side Stories host Martin Andrews is joined by Marie & Nic, the founders of Good Bitches Baking. GBB recently celebrated their one year anniversary providing home baking to the less fortunate living in Wellington, having recruited over 500 keen bakers and spread to eight cities around New Zealand. Marie & Nic discuss the birth and growth of their charitable trust and their desire “to make the world a little bit less shitty”.
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Phoebe Morris recently came into B-Side Stories to tell us all about her organic beginnings in illustration and how ultimately it’s let her to releasing her first book earlier this year. The book is called “First to the Top” and it’s written by acclaimed New Zealand children’s author David Hill, with stunning illustrations by Phoebe – and it charts Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Everest.
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I have recently had the pleasure of meeting Peter Gilberd, founder of the Woodridge Planters, a community planting group based in Northern suburbs of Wellington. They were recognized for the massive work they have done with an highly commended award in the Wellington Airport Community Awards. The Woodridge Planters are also part of a riparian tree planting project with the Million Metres Streams and are crowdfunding to plant out 400 meters of one of Welly’s few streams, the Belmont Stream. However through the simple act of planting trees, it is clear this is having a huge effect not only on the environment but on the entire Newlands community.
Founder of WorkerBe, Erin Leigh would describe her business as a wellness revolution, but not only is she taking our office workers health by storm, she has now paired up with permaculture activist Linnea Lindstroem to connect with the growing “edible city” movement! They are starting a series of urban farm sites throughout Wellington, with the first one right here in Newtown called WorkerBe Oasis.
“…if we can have a fast food restaurant on every corner then we can have urban farms in every city.” Nice vision.
Ali spoke to Paul Stanley Ward from Polhill Protectors who are thriving on the momentum of an amazing success story. Locals who use Polhill reserve for all sorts of different recreational activities – among them are runners, ramblers, mountainbikers, and twitchers – have united with local business owners and other institutions to help the ever increasing birdlife that is spilling over the Zealandia fence. Last year saw the first saddleback nesting outside of a sanctuary in over 100 years. Paul tells us about the group’s humble beginnings and what makes Polhill so special to so many people, as well as discussing where the group will go to from here…. there’s some exciting things in the pipeline!
You can hear the interview below.
If you’re interested in finding out more please checkout their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Polhill
This week on B-Side Stories host Martin Andrews is joined by Helen Brasting, founder and driving force behind Film For Change Aotearoa. Film For Change works collaboratively to make and distribute short films for charities that may not otherwise have the financial means for digital advertising or marketing. Helen discusses her personal journey from budding film maker to recently celebrating the first birthday of her community based organisation Film For Change Aotearoa.
If you’d like to listen to Helen’s song choice, check out Wellington band Towers