The Kava Club – “Chop Suey Hui”

KavaB-Side Stories host Martin Andrews attends the monthly Kava Club meeting “Chop Suey Hui”. The Kava Club is a community of Pasifika & Maori creatives collaborating, connecting, supporting and networking from 17 Tory St. Each month they meet to eat and drink together with guest speakers discussing a pre organised topic. This months topic was “shhh… it’s a secret” with speakers discussing the celtic origins of Halloween, the Mexican Day of the Dead and the secrets of the Freemasons among other things.

Kava Club Facebook Page

Antony Maddock – the TPP free rockabilly

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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.

http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/

The TPPA action group https://www.facebook.com/groups/658556344213166/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APhut4OSL4A

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

 A petition you can sign www.actionstation.org.nz/make_tppa_negotiations_public

Justine Fletcher – mapping the 1260 who fought to vote

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It is rather poignant that when around a quarter of our country didn’t vote, artist Justine Fletcher has created an exhibition representing the 1260 Wellington women who FOUGHT to vote.

In this interview Justine talks about her jewellery installation 1260 – Sign for Change which kicks off at the Toi Poneke Arts Centre from this Thursday 25 September – 18 October), that will pay tribute to 23,991 signatories of the landmark Third Suffrage Petition of 1893.
She also talks about her life as a busier mum than most, with two of her three children with disabilities and what becomes important to you then.

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.

http://www.elections.org.nz/

Jason Muir – the political cut

Jason Muir Political Cuts

I heard they teach you not to talk politics to anyone in the hairdressing seat ? So why is one of Welly’s most experienced hairdressers creating a hair salon that is doing just that? In this interview we talk to Jason Muir about his new pop-up venture Political Cuts, and why he is not afraid to take his craft to the street.

 

http://www.politicalcuts.co.nz

Marianne Elliot – Living under Fire

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Not only is Marianne Elliott the smiling face that greets you upon entry to Welly’s most fun restaurant LaBocaLoca, she is the author of Zen Under Fire a book of memoirs about her time as a human rights lawyer in war torn Afghanistan, a Yoga Guide, and she is about take on a new role as change maker with ActionStation.

Part 1 – Before she hits the ground with this next project, I wanted to ask her about her life and death experiences in Afghanistan, how she got through this time and why she came back to Wellington.

 

Part 2 – Marianne Elliott chats about the effects of the organic tequila at her restaurant LaBocaLoca, her new role at ActionStation and some wonderful insights into what she thinks is important right now, especially for women in our community.

Bella Kalolo – a big voice for the Maui’s

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Bella Kalolo is a soulful lady with a big voice and now she is stepping up for those who do not have one, by heading the the WWF New Zealand campaign to save the last 55 Maui’s Dolphin from extinction.

In this interview Bella talks about why preserving our precious native dolphins is so important, how we can also preserve the wellington music industry, as well as what has become important in her life in music.
Thanks to Lou Hatton for this great shot of Bella and all the shots for the WWF Last 55 Maui campaign. Also nice illustration by Lisa Nicole Moes.
You can also help by becoming one of the 52 000 who have already signed here. www.thelast55.co.nz
And here is a link to Bella singing “I’m every Woman” with Chaka Khan.