How to subscribe to B-Side Stories

Henry and Laura talk the easiest way to listen to B-Side Stories: subscribe in your favourite podcast app! Choose a free one. Laura recommends ‘podcast addict’ for android users.

Chris from Wellington Timebank

Katharine and Laura chat with Chris from Wellington Timebank about what time bank is, some new treats on-offer, and some of the more fun and unusual trades that he’s seen!

South Coast artist Stavros Kyriakides & documentary filmmakers Antony Kitchener & Simin Littschwager


Stavros Kyriakides has lived in Island Bay since 1973, and since 2013 has been creating sculptures along the shoreline from the natural materials he finds there. We talked to Stavros about his inspiration, keeping fit, and the reactions of locals to his art. Stavros is soon to be the subject of a documentary film, and we also met with Antony Kitchener and Simin Littschwager who are in the process of editing this to submit to the Doc Edge film festival.

Cally O’Neill on the Our Town Newtown project


Cally O’Neill is a Wellington woman who spends her time supporting communities in Co-Design; and more recently focusing on the Newtown community to help them come up with ideas on how the council should spend 3 million dollars on facilities improvements with the Our Town Newtown project. Hear what this community wants to happen most!

Election 2017 – who should I vote for?

The election is four weeks away! The political scene has been crazy – new parties, new leaders, parties disappearing… you might be a bit confused about how to cast your vote.

In this episode, Sapeer and Laura chat to Chris McIntyre, who helped to create an online tool called ‘Policy’ (hosted by The Spinoff), which collects all of the party policies on one place for people to review and inform their voting decision.

Find Policy here: 

And explore other helpful voting tools here:; and

Enjoy Public Art Gallery

Enjoy Public Art Gallery on Cuba Street is having its third annual book fair to celebrate the words to go with the art!

Louise Rutledge joined us on Tuesday to talk about the book fair, the art world, and the role of contemporary galleries in Wellington.

Don’t forget, you can download our podcast to listen again at your leisure from whichever podcast app makes you happiest. Enjoy!

Newtown Tool Library

Joining hosts Martin & Perrine this week on B-Side Stories is Ben Phillips from the Newtown Tool Library to discuss the latest in community tool lending and their fantastic “repair cafe” which is being run on October 14. Members of the public can bring old products to be given a new lease of life rather than being thrown out!
Ben also introduces us to his favourite local track, Pro Bono Techno Zone by Estere.

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

In this episode of B-Side Stories, Laura Beth Keown talks to Coax, the Chief Animal Caretaker from Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary Ōtaki. Many stories of cute little animals follow!

They’ve got a fundraising event on Sunday in Newtown. Check it out for shopping, face-painting, and to get inked for animals. The most bad ass tattoo of all, is an ethical vegan-ink tattoo 


Kill your Darlings

On B-Side Stories on Wellington Access Radio we had a great chat and many laughs with Kate Leslie and Natty Scholtz from Kill Your Darlings – a wonderful sounding group art exhibition opening Thursday night at PotockiPaterson Art Gallery. You can listen here:

Sarah and Jody from CoLiberate

Sarah Tuck and Jody Burrell joined Laura and Martin in the studio to talk about founding the CoLiberate wellness center, now based in the Urban Dream Brokerage. They share some simple exercises to bring mindfulness back into your day.

If you want to visit CoLiberate and prioritise your own wellbeing, check them out here: