Pinaman Owusu never thought she’d have anything to do with fashion, but now this Ghanaian born kiwi will have the honour of showcasing collections from 6 contemporary African designers & 2 emerging hot NZ based African talents to about 300 guests in Wellington at an event she has been working toward for over three years – the first ever Africa Fashion Festival New Zealand.
Joining B-Sides Stories this week were Ruth Mundy and Sean O’Brien aka Joe Blossom for a NZ Music Month special. Host Martin Andrews talks to our guests about the craft of songwriting and trying to make a living in Aotearoa as an artist. The duo share their stories with warmth and humour, and treat us to some fantastic live in-studio performances.
Ruth Mundy – Facebook
Joe Blossom – Bandcamp, Facebook
The Wellington Family Support Hub is a new clinic in Newtown founded by Liora Noy and Dr Rona Carroll. Listen to our interview with Liora to learn about the services that new families can get there. She speaks about breastfeeding, mum’s mental health, and getting dad involved!
Liora also speaks about the challenges for mothers in the refugee camps in Greece. She has been there volunteering as a lactation consultant, and seen first-hand the difficulty these mothers face. You can help support children and mothers in refugee camps here:
http://www.lighthouserelief.org/ and http://nurtureprojectinternational.org/
Wellington’s Richter City Roller Derby is the top ranked roller derby side in New Zealand! Listen to experienced player Skanda Lass explain the game, and give Ali and Laura some feedback on their roller derby names.
You can read more about Richter City, and support their fundraising events by visiting http://www.richtercity.co.nz/
Don’t forget, your next chance to see roller derby in Wellington will be Saturday 28 May 2016, at Kilbirnie Recreation Centre.
Wellington has been a Fair Trade City for over five years! In this episode of B-Side Stories, Laurie and Laura visit some businesses that bring fair trade values to life.
Wellington Chocolate Factory – http://www.wcf.co.nz/
All Good Bananas and Karma Cola – http://allgoodorganics.co.nz/
Stories coffee – https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/661693826/
Trade Aid Wellington – http://www.tradeaid.org.nz/index.php
Commonsense Organics – http://www.commonsenseorganics.co.nz/
How do you get from working in the air force to wanting to help revolutionise the fashion industry? Samantha Jones, founder of a new Wellington business Little Yellow Bird, tells us about her journey doing just that, and her passion behind supplying corporate uniforms that use ethically sourced fabrics and are made under fair working conditions.
Her big message -” Buy less and be thoughtful about what we do buy.”