Summer of Fun – Kelvin Aris interviews Stephen Templer and Drew James

Kelvin Aris

Kelvin Aris, better known as the Kelvinator, takes over hosting B-Side Stories as he is on a mission to get us all excited about summer fun happening next year in Welly. In this show he talks to street festival master, Stephen Templer about the summer games we’ll be able to get involved with. Also artistic director Drew James for CubaDupa, joins them to talk about the incredibly exciting line -up and how to be part of the mother of all festivals about to hit Welly.

All I can say is you’ll need to take a few weeks off by the sounds of things, and I am totally in the mood after listening to this. And if you do one thing check out the Sambassadors you tube track link below.

And for the Sambassadors Bruce Lee Bowla track, don’t miss this.

Teuila Grace Tualaulelei – enrolment queen

Mrs T Newtown Market-

Not only is she the beautiful lady who brings us lovely flowers at the Newtown market, Teuila Grace Tualaulelei, aka Mrs T, is a Field Officer for the Enrollment Office…sound too official? She has been on the front line getting people to enrol to vote for months. In this interview Teuila talks about what it really looks like out there in terms of where our gaps are….I am sure she has a good snap shot on the state of the nation too. And she has an important message for anyone who thinks it is too late to enrol.

Andrew Armitage – Culture Vulture


Another fine Wellington independent institution, Aro Video has reached a massive milestone in business, 25 years. In this interview founder and owner Andrew Armitage reminisces about what we were watching 25 years ago, what his good moments are in his iconic store and talks frankly about the effect’s of the digital tide. Porcelain Toy- Monsters Film by Andrew Armitage.

Kelvin Aris and Steve Templer – Playing for Wellington

kelv steve playable city pledgeme

You may have already seen these two likely lads at a good time near you with their Solid Gold Sound System and Sausage Circus. But now they are getting really serious about Wellington having fun and are doing whatever they can to join other civil disobedients at the Global Playable Cities Conference in Bristol. Oh Jeepers! Who knows what ideas they will bring back to make us have a good time but they may need a hand first. Listen in. Or else. ( please watch this video it is so funny.)

And if you want to have fun with Kelvin and Stephen and experience what their fun is like join them at the fundraiser party this weekend.


What makes Aro Valley our Eco Valley?

aro_community_20140727_5537Aro Valley is quickly taking the title of Eco Valley, as recently resident Julia Stace, Te Aro School and the Aro Valley Community Center have all had solar panels installed, which will produce their own renewable power. This will add to the valley’s legacy of already being a leader in community action.

In this two part series these Aro Valley initiators talk about what they think contributes to Aro Valleys constant action towards positive environmental change.

In part 1 resident Julia Stace ( far left) on why she installed photo Voltaic cells on her home and Charles Barrie (centre) from Aro Valley’s community gardens Kai o Te Aro on the surprising benefits of the community gardens and his idea on a vision for Aro Valley.

In Part two Louise Sherrell of Aro Solar, (represented by other Aro Solar project team members Miranda Voke  2nd right and Ollie 2nd left), resident Karen MacIntyre ( centre back) on some valley history that changed it forever and community coordinator Kelvin Aris talks about community resilience.

A must listen for all communities and neighborhoods trying to kick start change.

Part 1

Part 2

Thanks to Virginia Woods Jack for the photo.