Toby Chappell – the skate for hope

Tony Chappell IMG_5391Toby Chappell, is the founder of the charity Skate For Hope. After skateboarding saved him from suicide, he believes that skateboarding can also save the lives of others. So while skateboarding from Cape Reinga to Bluff from November 2015 to January 2016 he will be visiting schools, churches, skate parks and youth centers to tell his story and encourage others to stand their ground and take action against mental health issues. He is an incredible young man, who is having amazing things happen to him after deciding to put as much effort into living instead of into dying.

For more on the give a little campiagn

For more on the gig this saturday

Jennifer Whitty – the space between

Space Between Image


The first time I heard that Massey lecturers Jenn Whitty and Holly McQuillan were creating a fashion range made of up-cycled New Zealand Post corporate uniform waste, I thought they had they had a huge job in front of them, but it seems they are up to so much more than that.
In this interview lecturer and designer Jenn Whitty talks about the label and concept for Space Between. ” We don’t have a waste problem, we have a design problem.”

Although Space Between are not showing, NZ Eco Fashion Week is kicking off it’s third year this week, so demand is certainly rising for less harmful but just as stylish fashion options.

For more fashion that considers it’s environmental impact

Antony Maddock – the TPP free rockabilly

Antony Maddock - black and white

My old school friend, Antony Maddock talks about his love of rockabilly, his two bands Wayne Mason and The X Ray Catz and the Tony Mad Trio that will be performing at CubaDupa this weekend, and his awesome work in the TPP Action group to help us and our councils be TPPA free.

The TPPA action group

Video of our WCC adopting the 12 point resolution , starts at 3.11

The Lower Hutt City council adopted the 12 point resolution on 24/3/2015

 A petition you can sign

Flip Grater, Mel Parsons and Estere – NZ Women at Womad

NZ Women at WOMAD

In this interview we speak to the three outstanding NZ female artists performing at the up and coming WOMAD New ZealandFlip GraterMEL PARSONS, and Wellington’s own Estère. They chat about what’s happening in their unique journey’s, who has inspired them musically, and when they are in their happiest place.

And Womad is a first for all three.

Aaron Packard – the 350 man

Aaron Packard

Aaron Packard is one of those guys that gives you faith that the world will be an ok  in the future. With Global Divestment Day about to hit this Sat Feb 14th, Aaron gives us an understanding of what it’s all about and also talks about his work at as Oceania’s Region Coordinator which oversees all of 350’s operations across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. And he also founded 350 Aotearoa right here in his home town of Wellington. Wow.


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Emily Dowding Smith – arctic snorkeler


Meet Emily Dowding-Smith an ex Welly girl, (well Taranaki really) environment lawyer and scientist who has just returned from a test run, snorkeling the Arctic as part of a team of 10 women selected to raise awareness about disappearing sea ice and altered eco systems. And she was the only kiwi. Wow! In this interview Emily shares her reasons why this trip was important to her and her perception on what she saw on this once in a lifetime experience.

For more on this and Emily’s other adventures read her blog

Anj Barton, Kim Partridge – raising the bar for Shakti

Ange Barton

And I have only recently heard of the Shakti Wellington ” Strength for a better tomorrow” Women’s Support Group who are having a big fundraiser at Meow this Saturday. Organizers Kim Partridge and Anj Barton tell us what Shakti Wellington do AND there is a LIVE sneak performance from artists playing at the fundraiser, a stunning new song from Zoe Moon and Anj Barton’s and Tin Gau’s band Ready Sett. Yahoo…..