Lauren Tennent – peoples in prison



Lauren Tennent goes to work at Peoples Coffee and she also goes regularly to prison, as it is part of her job to teach women inmates at Arohata how to make good coffee. In this interview  find out why this young lady loves this part of her job and the reason  why Peoples Coffee want to be aligned with a prison.

Erin Leigh – the workerBe

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Founder of WorkerBe, Erin Leigh would describe her business as a wellness revolution, but not only is she taking our office workers health by storm, she has now paired up with permaculture activist Linnea Lindstroem to connect with the growing “edible city” movement! They are starting a series of urban farm sites throughout Wellington, with the first one right here in Newtown called WorkerBe Oasis.

“…if we can have a fast food restaurant on every corner then we can have urban farms in every city.” Nice vision.


Serahn Kahukura – Te Reo immersion teacher


New B-Sides Stories host Martin Andrews sits down for a chat with Maori language immersion teacher Serahn Kahukura to discuss the state of te reo today, whether te wiki o te reo maori is positive or negative, and why learning the maori language is positive for all New Zealanders regardless of ethnicity.

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.

Matilde Tayawa, Belinda Liu and Angeline Singh – Wellington Women Walk for Peace

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Three remarkable young women, Matilde Tayawa, Belinda Liu and Angeline Singh have stepped up to found and orchestrate WWW4Peace – Wellington Women Work for Peace. A way to unite Wellington women of all walks and nationalities to celebrate International Women’s Day ( 8th March- this Sunday).

And they are kicking off this years Peace Walk with a speech from the Mayor and have their own stage with a fantastic line up of events right here at our Newtown Festival this Sunday the 8th of March.

In this interview they share what we as women can do in our homes help our children grow up with “Peace” as a baseline. It is up to everyone of us to start with ourselves first.


James Coyle – Newtown Festival recycling heroes

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Newtown Festival is upping it’s game again, not only by being NZ’s biggest and best (biased yes) street festival, but also in it’s recycling front with an unprecedented 12 recycling stations! They want to show Wellington that they can put on a huge party, without sending a mountain of waste to landfill.

In this interview Newtown Festival programe coordinator, James Coyle talks to B-Side Stories about how they are going to do it, why this is good for the event and how we can all help.

Teuila Grace Tualaulelei – enrolment queen

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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.

Kelvin Aris and Steve Templer – Playing for Wellington

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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.


Xoe Hall – bus stop boutique beautifies berhampore

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Xoë Hall – Pop Artist/Muralist/Designer has made Berhampore more beautiful with her crazy concept of a Bus Stop Boutique.

Xoe talks about how she got this project past ‘Go’, what things have influenced her to become a pop artist and how she is part of the exciting wave in Wellington’s street art culture.

Gabe, Duncan and James – the Newtown vibe

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What do we four have in common? We are all going to have a chat about what it is like living in Newtown, the up and coming Newtown Festival and we try and describe the Newtown vibe.

With Gabe Johnston, owner Baobab Cafe, designer Duncan-McLean and James Coyle, local musician and co-ordinator of the Newtown Festival.