Emma Giesen – creative capital champion

Emma Giesen

Emma Giesen, hasn’t seen much of the daylight saving hours as she spends most of her summer championing our cities creative culture. She is one of the backbones behind Wellington’s most coveted  festivals, the New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa, which run back to back.

In this interview she talks about why she works so hard to keep Welly at the top of our creative game and the exciting addition of up cycling art zones, Junk Monsters, bike powered dance acts, Bicycle Valet parking, which is all just the tip of the ice burg of all the fun stuff about to happen at Cuba Dupa next weekend.


Eco friendly  http://cubadupa.co.nz/category/eco-friendly/

To use the Valet Bike Parking http://cubadupa.co.nz/?s=LEISURE

To Volunteer https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hsEpBopaOx5yWYQQnm908uwgh2hH3PxdpnSxn0poNTw/viewform

Ryan from Switched on bikes & Russell from NoCar Cargo

PicMonkey CollageOne year on from the Wellington Smart Energy Challenge we catch up with Russell from NoCar Cargo and Ryan from Switched On Bikes to see how their smart businesses are faring and the challenges of being small business owners in the CBD.

Eb and Sparrow and Dan Mikkleson – bicycles and music



DJ Kelvinator talks to Ebony from Eb and Sparrow about their live gig in Bicycle Junction this Sunday 31st May. Ebony plays a selection of unreleased unheard on the radio b-sides tracks especially for us.

And owner of Bicycle junction Dan Mikkleson talks all things bicycles, and about how the burgeoning bike scene in Wellington is building community.

Thanks to Newswire for the photo.



For more about the event, but sorry it is sold out. https://www.facebook.com/events/1605295453081476/

Russell Silverwood, Charlie Hanna, Rory Wagner, Ryan O’Connell, Sofia Robinson – The Smart Energy Revolutionists

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Would you consider moving your business goods by bike, using biogas produced by some of the 1 tonne of coffee grinds only 30 of our cafes go through in a week OR taking your friends on a tour of Wellington on an effortless E-bike? Well these are the kinds of ideas that were explored and some kicked into businesses from the Smart Energy Challenge earlier this month.

In these interviews we talk to  Russell Silverwood from No Car Cargo, Charlie Hanna and Rory Wagner from CoffeeCo, Ryan O’ O’Connell and Sofia Robinson from Switched on Bikes about where they are at with their city changing, energy reducing  ventures.

And just so you know we are not joking; http://www.bio-bean.com

and http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/waste-coffee-grounds-fuel-london

Ryan and Sofia have a pledge me campaign going where you can pre-invest in the E bike experience. help them out to kick start the face of Wellington.


Catherine Hill, Deirdre Marshall, David Laing, Michelle Ducat – Car Free Families

Car free familiesHave you ever wondered how you’d cope if you didn’t own a car? Me too! So in this interview we found four Wellington and Lower Hutt families who, by choice, are car free or nearly car free.

They talk about why, the challenges, tips, and some unexpected benefits of not owning or using their cars.

Many thanks to those who contributed to this interview.

Susan Hutchinson Daniel – ciclovia rides again

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One of the best days in Welly’s summer calender, Ciclovia Wellington is about to become three, with the first one kicking off this Sunday the 8th and the others on the 15th of Feb and the 8th of March. In this interview one of Ciclovia’s organisers, Susan Hutchinson – Daniel, talks about why these car free, open street days are manifesting globally.

Also if you’d like to give a little koha to help with the costs and to secure the event for future neighbourhoods please help out with their Pledge me campaign here;


And if you would love to be part of smiley volunteer team they would love your help:


Thanks to Alastair Smith for the photo’s.

The Sew Good Cooperative Mums – a common unity

SewGood_CUP_20141128_6040These are the Mum’s from The The Common Unity Project Aotearoa Sew Good Cooperative at Epuni School in Lower Hutt. Of all the stories B-Side Stories has done, this one is possibly the most powerful, Why? Because their story is a community led response to the economic and social pressures facing a huge percentage of our country. These women are doing it for themselves.

After founder Julia Milne has taken a few awards this year as the Overall Winner at the Wellington Airport Community Awards and the Sustainable Champion at the NZI Sustainable Business Awards for her work and vision on the project, we thought we’d go and have a chat with the Mums to see what the best things about the year were for them…..and it wasn’t what we thought.

If you think these women were doing an awesome thing please vote here as they are in the running for a grant that will really help their Koha Kitchen come to life.Closes Dec 11 so please do it today. It takes two clicks.



Thanks to Virginia Woods-Jack ….Photographer


Frocks on Bikes – wheel stylish


What happens when you dress beautiful ‘real girls’ in gorgeous local frocks and put them on fun urban bikes from Bicycle Junction at the Sustainability Trust on a beautiful night in Wellington?

The Wheel Stylish fashion show of course. You can almost feel like you were there in this interview with the designers, models and members of Frocks on Bikes.

Ania Upstill – the urban kai cycle

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Ania Upstill, one of the instigators of the Local Food Network, spent her summer with a new wave of social entrepreneurs, at the Inspiring Stories hub, developing a plan to get Wellington eating locally grown food with the Urban Kai Cycle.

Ashley Burgess – Wellington’s favourite cyclist

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No wonder mountain bike instructor Ashley Burgess has won “Wellington’s favourite cyclist”, as her efforts in encouraging women, girls and kids onto bikes are extraordinary. She is part of and set up bike groups like Revolve cyclingBike Wellington, WORD Wellington Offroad Riding Department, and Pedal Ready which gets kids ready for cycling. I don’t think we can do without her.