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Frankly Friday: Past Episodes 2022

Anne meets with new guests every Friday to give a voice and platform to those in our community. 

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Anne meets with new guests every Friday to give a voice and platform to those in our community. 


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Robin Martin

Meet Robin Martin, RNZ's reporter for Taranaki-Whanganui and our new office buddy.

Duration: 00:54:27 | Date: 23 December, 2022

Male Survivors Taranaki

Anne has a heartfelt korero with Mike Subritzky, manager and founder of this new local support group.

Duration: 00:59:12 | Date: 16 December, 2022

Yo and Velda - Taranaki Dragonboaters

Meet two of our Taranaki Dragons, Yo and Velda ......... no, not that sort of dragon!
Around the world, the sport of Dragonboating goes hand in hand with breast cancer survival. Find out why. Yo and Velda talk about how they became involved in Taranaki's dragonboat club and why they love the sport.

Duration: 00:29:36 | Date: 9 December, 2022

Graham Cochrane

Graham Cochrane knows the value of keeping busy in his retirement and staying active in the community

Duration: 00:32:55 | Date: 9 December, 2022

Project Maunga & TWOA

Mereana Hanrahan, Cameron Blenco and Brandon Kingi love their work. They are all rangers for DOC and Project Maunga and are dedicated to pest eradication in the Kaitakes. They talk with Anne about their work and its successes and challenges.
Then Pep Mathieson, from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, shares the courses that will be available at Ngāmotu Wharekura in 2023.

Duration: 00:57:23 | Date: 2 December, 2022

Raymond Tuuta on Identity

Raymond Tuuta explores the importance of identity, sense of self, and finding your own place in the world, through the lens of his own life journey.

Duration: 00:59:01 | Date: 25 November, 2022

Bev Darlow from Cystic Fibrosis

Bev Darlow is a social worker and the Community Support Lead for Cystic Fibrosis. Hear about the amazing people who cope with CF on a daily basis, and how you can support them.

Duration: 00:27:23 | Date: 18 November, 2022

Huirangi School Speeches

Natalie Looney, Principal of Huirangi School, brings in three delightful students who were winners in their year's speech competition this year, to share those winning speeches: Indie, Year 4, on The Milky Way; Matilda, Year 5, on Deforestation, and Riley, Year 6, shares his three most embarrassing moments.

Duration: 00:30:11 | Date: 18 November, 2022

Don Roper from NP Community Patrol

New Plymouth Community Patrol is a community-backed initiative to reduce crime and build safer communities. Chair Don Roper talks with Anne about what they do and how they do it and puts out the call for new members.

Duration: 00:58:30 | Date: 11 November, 2022

Taranaki Sings

'Modern-day troubadour' Julian Raphael, plus Laura and Dave, are in to talk about the Taranaki Sings project and invite the community to come and be part of the Speigelfest street performance, featuring no less than seven community choirs.

Duration: 00:56:08 | Date: 4 November, 2022

Diwali and Shake Out

Ashwani and Pankti, from the New Plymouth Indian Community, talk about Diwali - what it means to the Indian community, and how it's celebrated - in the lead-up to New Plymouth's Diwali celebrations. Anne talks about ShakeOut earthquake drills, tsunami evacuation zones and the importance of knowing your zone and having a plan for when the s**t hits the fan.

Duration: 00:58:59 | Date: 28 October, 2022

Taranaki Health Foundation & Heritage Taranaki

Anne meets with Simon Velk and Grant Carter, of Taranaki Health Foundation, who talk about the work they do raising funds to add value to our hospital. Then Rob Green from Heritage Taranaki pops in to give an update about the events that are coming up for Taranaki Heritage Month.

Duration: 00:58:40 | Date: 21 October, 2022

The Junction - Mardi Gras

Doug, from The Junction Re-Use Shop, comes in to chat about the latest developments at The Junction, which include recycling tetrapak packaging into SaveBoard - a sustainable building material.
Amanda, from the Performing Arts Collective is in to promote their upcoming performance. Based around the theme of Mardi Gras, it promises to be a fun-filled, chaotic party.

Duration: 1:00:57 | Date: 7 October, 2022

Startup Weekend Taranaki 2022

Cauliflower ice cream? Really? 'Startup Weekend Taranaki returns to empower the region's enterprising dreamers.' Organiser of the upcoming Startup Weekend in Oakura, Dan Thurston Crow, talks with Anne about the weekend and how they work. He is joined by two past Startup participants, Jenni and Simeon, who talk about their respective experiences and the businesses that grew out of their Startup Weekends.

Duration: 00:56:20 | Date: 30 September, 2022

Taranaki Heritage Month & Community Quilt of Hope

What is heritage? Whose heritage is it? Rob Green and Susanne Rawson of Heritage Taranaki talk about the inaugural Taranaki Heritage Month, 1 Oct - 5 Nov, during which these questions and more will be explored. Then Anne is joined by MP Glenn Bennett, NPDC Councillor Amanda Clinton-Gohdes, and quilter Lesley Ault, who talk about the 'Taranaki Apart Together Project, grown out of the first Covid lockdown, resulting in the beautiful patchwork quilt that is hanging in ART window for the next month.

Duration: 1:00:18 | Date: 23 September, 2022

Te Reo Journeys, Mental Health Awareness Week

To mark Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Liz and Callum share their Te Reo Journeys and chat with Anne about the importance of Te Reo Māori to New Zealanders. Then Anne is joined by Sam Mahy, Taranaki Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordinator with Tui Ora, who promotes the activities and events that are part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Duration: 1:00:00 | Date: 16 September, 2022

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Superannuation and TEMO

Helen Gaudin and Sarah Foy, from MSD, discuss superannuation: who can, and how and when to apply, Kiwisaver in relation to the Super, and the Gold Card. Then Todd Vevers, from Taranaki Emergency Management Office. talks about business resilience, Shakeout Day (27 October) and its focus on tsunami safety, and the role of TEMO during extreme weather events.

Duration: 1:00:52 | Date: 9 September, 2022

A Duo of Duos, Roland McKellar on R.H. Morrieson

Danni is one half of the duo 'In the Shallows', which is combining forces with another duo 'Looking For Alaska' for a Spring Tour. Ahead of their New Plymouth date, Danni talks with Anne about the two duos, their similarities and differences, and how they fit together. Then Mikaela Nyman talks with writer Roland McKellar ahead of the book launch of his biography of R. H. Morrieson - the writer and person behind Taranaki's Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards.

Duration: 1:04:41 | Date: 2 September, 2022

Virtual Reality Training & Laura on Caregivers

Ever thought of vocational training through virtual reality? Skills VR have. Rachel Matela from Skills VR talks through the how and the why of VR training, which is now available through MSD. Then Laura Durville talks about her research project focusing on caregivers and how they look after their own health and wellbeing.

Duration: 1:00:01 | Date: 26 August, 2022

Atamira Dance & Muzza

The esteemed Atamira Dance Co is bringing their dance performance piece, "Te Wheke" to New Plymouth. Anne talks with one of the directors, Kelly Nash. Te Wheke (The Octopus) is based around the late Rangimarie Rose Pere's model of hauora, which aligns a Matauranagi Maori dimension of health and wellbeing to each of the eight tentacles. Then Anne talks with New Plymouth personality Muzza the Mullet, about town, family, and the mullet.

Duration: 00:58:50 | Date: 19 August, 2022

International Students

After being closed for two and a half years, NZ's borders have now re-opened to international students. Rachel Berndt from Venture Taranaki, talks about what this means for the region, Dean from PIHMS gives an educator's perspective, and Veronica shares her journey as an international student from China, pre-Covid, who is now back to resume her studies.

Duration: 00:55:53 | Date: 12 August, 2022


Carla Moore is the driving force behind the community collaboration, 'Flourish', which focuses on parenting education and support. Together with her 'super-volunteer', Deborah Baker, they speak with Anne about Flourish, the community needs the organisation sets out to meet, and the amazing range of ways they offer to meet those needs.

Duration: 00:58:37 | Date: 5 August, 2022

From Multiple Sclerosis to Suspension Bridges

Graham Walker is a busy man. He talks with Anne about Multiple Sclerosis, being on the Consumer Council for Te Whatu Ora Taranaki, and (his passion project) the Bertrand Road Suspension Bridge, which has its 125th anniversary this weekend.

Duration: 00:59:05 | Date: 15 July, 2022

Waitara Food Security

Erin Tate is from the Waitara Food Bank and Food Secure Waitara. In a presentation to the North Taranaki community (pre-recorded, from 27 June), Erin shares plans to address the growing issues of food security, resilience and sovereignty and to offer support for North Taranaki whanau to have access to nutritious and filling kai.

Duration: 00:30:29 | Date: 8 July, 2022

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki_Gillian Campbell

Gillian Campbell is the Interim District Director of the new Public Health entity for or region: Te Whatu Ora Taranaki. Today she talks with Anne about the transition from the Taranaki District Health Board, why the changes are needed, the goals for the new entity and what it means for you, the people who depend on their services.

Duration: 00:29:19 | Date: 8 July, 2022

O Canada

July 1 is Canada Day. Jacqueline Hogler celebrates her home country's national day by sharing stories and Canadian music.

Duration: 1:01:04 | Date: 1 July, 2022

T-Bone and Puanga

Anne talks with Michael Muggeridge, of the band T-Bone, ahead of their performance at 4th Wall Theatre on the day their debut album is released. Think crawfish and grits, zydeco and bluegrass, and a whole lot more. In the second half, Hoani Eriwhata of Ngati Te Whiti, talks about Puanga and how it relates to Matariki, then Chade Julie of Stratford District Council about the Matariki events being held in Whakaahurangi/Stratford.

Duration: 1:03:27 | Date: 17 June, 2022

Nga Waiata Poipoia

"Poipoia te kakono ia puawai" - nurture the seed and it will blossom.

Andre Manella invites local singer-songwriters to participate in an exciting upcoming weekend retreat where they will learn from the best!

Duration: 00:55:54 | Date: 10 June, 2022

Textiles, Songs and Colonisation

Elaine Rollins, Assistant Curator at Govett Brewster Art Gallery introduces the current exhibition "There Is No Other Home But This"
Laura, local singer-songwriter sings her new single "Safety in Numbers" live in the studio.

Duration: 00:59:58 | Date: 3 June, 2022

Lalaga Pasifika & Paul Ego

Mikaela Nyman talks with Govett Brewster Art Gallery's Theresa Tongi, ahead of the Lalaga Pasifika festival. Then Anne chats with comedian Paul Ego, ahead of the 7 Days live show, coming to New Plymouth.

Duration: 00:59:58 | Date: 27 May, 2022

Welcoming ART's New Faces

Meet ART's new faces: Trisha Daly, admin, and Mikaela Nyman, community liaison.
Two women who have led really interesting lives. Today they share some of their stories and let us get to know them a little more.

Duration: 00:59:54 | Date: 20 May, 2022

Betsy and the Reckless

Join Betsy and the Reckless, live in the studio, in a chaotic, fun 'party-in-the-house' as they launch their new single 'My Baby Don't Know!

Duration: 00:56:11 | Date: 13 May, 2022

The Wayward Divas & Taste and Tales

A show of two halves. In the first half Anne talks with two highly acclaimed singers in their own right; Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton, who come together in a fun duo known as the Wayward Divas.
The second half encourages the celebration of Taranaki's food and drink producers. A fine range of high-quality products can be experienced through the Taste and Tales trails that are happening over the next 2 weeks.

Duration: 00:56:36 | Date: 6 May, 2022

The Orchid Thief

Andy Bassett chats with Anne about the stories behind the songs on his new album, The Orchid Thief.

Duration: 00:56:36 | Date: 29 April, 2022


The man behind LTOBM, New Plymouth's Mohamed Doughty, talks about his new EP 'Licorice', his life, and motivations. Featuring the tracks from the EP 'Licorice'.

Duration: 00:57:44 | Date: 21 September, 2022

Ross Bennett, Artist

Meet Ross Bennett, this month's exhibiting artist in Access Radio Taranaki's ARTspace. Ross talks about his life, his style and his art. His paintings are a colourful, bold representation of the world around us.

Duration: 00:55:55 | Date: 15 April, 2022

Chamber of Commmerce and Circulate

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce is all about community connections and partnerships.
Today Maura Young, Partnership Manager for TCoC talks about 'Circulate' and their initiative that connects NFPs and businesses. Momo Martin, of Theory Food and Eat a Rainbow Foundation is one person who has been supported by Maura and the Chamber.

Duration: 00:55:19 | Date: 8 April, 2022

A Celebration of Spirit

Kat and Lisa from Taranaki cancer Society talk about the challenges and the highs and lows of running the Relay for Life. In 2022, due to Omicron, the event becomes "Relay Your Way". Kat and Lisa share stories of support and the huge spirit shown by the communities of Taranaki.

Duration: 00:58:37 | Date: 1 April, 2022

Mikaela Nyman and Lesley Dowding

We love a good story! Our guests Mikaela Nyman and Lesley Dowding are both gifted story tellers, poets and writers. Join us on Frankly Friday as we discuss the importance of stories, their upcoming workshops, and the Storytelling in Schools project.

Duration: 00:55:46 | Date: 18 March, 2022

Citizens Advice Bureau

Today's guests were Bronwyn Crow and Terry Heaps from the New Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau. Tune in to hear all about the amazing (and free!) services they offer.

Duration: 00:55:46 | Date: 11 March, 2022

Turkey the Bird

Fancy some banjo aerobics? Tune in to meet Andre Manella, one-third of Turkey the bird, who have come up with some quirky ways to fund their next album!

Duration: 00:57:10 | Date: 4 March, 2022

Curious Minds

Peter Boyd, Programme Coordinator for Curious Minds, talks in-depth about the Curious Minds project - a participatory science platform that offers opportunities for collaborative, community-based, real-life, and relevant research projects.

Duration: 00:51:17 | Date: 25 February, 2022

A Passion for Learning

Meet Simon Singh, Director of no less than six companies, all of them born out of a passion for what the companies deliver. And all with a social conscience and a strong sense of community. They combine to offer amazing opportunities for Taranaki people to become innovative, self-motivated and resilient IT professionals with a life-long love of learning.

Duration: 00:57:16 | Date: 18 February, 2022

Safe Spaces

Leanne and Janine, from New Plymouth's Women's Center, talk about the support and services of the center, including a new initiative: "Safe Space Friday" - an evening drop-in space.
Kate from Cancer Society Taranaki, introduces their new show on ART, 'That C Word', which touches on everything about cancer: the good, the bad, the wonderful, the sad.

Duration: 1:00:01 | Date: 4 February, 2022

Dreams and Gardens

In the event of his retirement as a trustee on the Access Radio Taranaki Trust Board, Lynn Bublitz talks about his life and passions.

Duration: 00:56:38 | Date: 28 January, 2022

Be Prepared

Todd Velvin wears two hats. Wearing his first one, as group manager for the Taranaki Emergency Management office, he talks about being prepared for emergencies, in the light of the devastation from the Tongan volcano. In his second hat, on President of Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club, he talks about staying safe in NZ's waters, after the high numbers of drownings so far this summer.

Duration: 00:56:43 | Date: 21 January, 2022