Wellington Songwriter Playlist

PicMonkey CollageThis week on B-Side Stories, host Martin Andrews played a selection of Wellington songwriters:

Ills Winter – Caught In The Headlights
Eb & Sparrow – Two Wolves
Karl Jensen – The Little Town
Groeni – Hinde
Roman Birch – Time Square City
The Balkanistas – Ajde Zano
Vorn – Drowning Kittens
The Polly Johnson Set – Let Me Count The Ways (I Love You)
Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You


Ali Whitton of LOST BiRD

129A7350This week on BSide Stories we were joined by Ali Whitton of LOST BiRD, the local Wellington Country Folk duo consisting of guitar player/songwriter Ali & Oliver Vetter on violin. Ali discusses his Celtic origins in England, the influence of the notorious Wellington weather on his songwriting and the difficulties of maintaining a working life while following your heart in the arts. We were also treated to three live performances of as yet unreleased LOST BiRD songs.



Achilles NZ supports disabled athletes

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Dave Piper loves to keep fit, and being blind doesn’t hold him back. Volunteers like Lauren Milstead help disabled people to achieve their fitness goals through Achilles International New Zealand.

Listen to Dave and Lauren talk about why they love to run, and how Achilles can support every kind of athlete: walkers, runners and wheelers! More information here: http://www.achillesnewzealand.org/

Nic Lane – vivid new voice

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Nic Lane is on a mission to tackle the lack of empowerment within marginalised groups. And he is busy. So far he is part of the team who formed Everybody Cool Lives Here in collaboration with Active, a service for youth with an intellectual impairment ( and yes they won 6 awards in last years New Zealand Fringe Festival for Wake Up Tomorrow). This year his summer was spent on Live the Dream, a 9 week youth accelerator program) and he has walked out with Vivid Wgtn a street art platform aimed to empower local street artists to advance their arts practice in legal ways. Vivid launched at 2016 New Zealand Fringe Festival and won the most colourful award.




Emma Giesen – creative capital champion

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Emma Giesen, hasn’t seen much of the daylight saving hours as she spends most of her summer championing our cities creative culture. She is one of the backbones behind Wellington’s most coveted  festivals, the New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa, which run back to back.

In this interview she talks about why she works so hard to keep Welly at the top of our creative game and the exciting addition of up cycling art zones, Junk Monsters, bike powered dance acts, Bicycle Valet parking, which is all just the tip of the ice burg of all the fun stuff about to happen at Cuba Dupa next weekend.


Eco friendly  http://cubadupa.co.nz/category/eco-friendly/

To use the Valet Bike Parking http://cubadupa.co.nz/?s=LEISURE

To Volunteer https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hsEpBopaOx5yWYQQnm908uwgh2hH3PxdpnSxn0poNTw/viewform

Wellington Timebank: taking community service to the bank!

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Meet Hannah Mackintosh (Timebank coordinator) and Eryn Gribble (Timebanker extraordinaire)! They talked to Laura and Martin about what the Wellington Timebank is, and how it’s helping to build community connections all over town. Find more here: http://www.wellingtontimebank.org.nz

You’ll also hear about the Alpha Art Gallery and their Fringe show! Check it out: http://www.alphagallery.org.nz/fringe

Ryan from Switched on bikes & Russell from NoCar Cargo

PicMonkey CollageOne year on from the Wellington Smart Energy Challenge we catch up with Russell from NoCar Cargo and Ryan from Switched On Bikes to see how their smart businesses are faring and the challenges of being small business owners in the CBD.