Sam Seiniger from NZ Pop-Up Sauna


Sam Seiniger has come up with a creative solution to keeping warm during the Wellington winter, converting a shipping container into a sauna, built with recycled material, right on the Wellington waterfront with views of the harbour. Sam from NZ Pop-Up Sauna talks with Katharine about sauna traditions, ‘sweat bathing’, and whether people really do jump in the Wellington harbour after a sauna session.

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.

Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration

B-Side Stories talked to Ross Gardiner from Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project about the wonderful forest regeneration work that Manawa Karioi are doing at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay. Feeling all pumped up from listening? You can go and help planting Sundays in August 1-3pm!


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: