Interview with Andrew Laking, The Southgate Band

I couldn’t let a day go by without mentioning The Southgate Band!  So, here’s my interview with Andrew Laking, star of October’s ReCooper8.  The Southgate Band will be appearing as part of the Kokomai Festival at Featherston’s Anzac Hall on Friday 25th October, and King Street Live on 26th October.  My sincere thanks to Andrew … More Interview with Andrew Laking, The Southgate Band

Interview with Christine Hunt Daniell

Just an Orange for Christmas: Stories from the Wairarapa is Christine Hunt Daniell’s latest book, which uses material from interviews with  ‘old- timers’ to (as the Harper Collins NZ website says) “preserve more than the bland surface details of regional history”. I had the pleasure of talking to Christine over a skype connection just after the … More Interview with Christine Hunt Daniell

October…. it’s all about Kokomai and The Southgate Band!

I gave a hint on last month’s show that I was a bit giddy about the forthcoming Kokomai Festival.  I recall treating listeners to my favourite pickings from the programme, which can only be described as brimming with dance, comedy, music, film, theatre and visual arts.  Well, this month, I’ve raised the bar!  Dust off your … More October…. it’s all about Kokomai and The Southgate Band!

Listen again to my interview with singer songwriter Susie Wilkins

In September’s show, I featured an interview with London-based singer songwriter Susie Wilkins, and whose latest album, Anywhere But Here, is a current favourite listen of mine (and you can find it in iTunes).  You’ll find below the ‘no music’ version of our chat.  Our conversation starts with Susie talking about the tragic death of … More Listen again to my interview with singer songwriter Susie Wilkins

Introducing…. the Featherston Guerrilla Gardeners!

Meet Pansy Flowers, Poison Ivy, Thorn and Rose*…. just a few of Featherston’s Guerrilla Gardeners, who tonight started their self-motivated campaign to transform the town’s Zen Garden (aka the big vacant lot on main street) into a garden by and for the people! Timing their inaugural action to coincide with the start of Act for Seed … More Introducing…. the Featherston Guerrilla Gardeners!