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Sweet Talk: Past Episodes 2019

Alessandra takes the funky personalities and stories from local community and shares them with you over a cuppa. Nearly always fun and hardly ever too serious.

Airing time: Your choice, on-demand

Artists, poets, musicians, local community groups, writers, schools, the mayor, or simply friends – all are welcome.

If you have a message to get out, a call out for new members, an event to promote, you can join her as a guest. Contact the station on 06 751 3720 to arrange a date. 

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Dancing Queen

In memory of her friend Paula Coutts, Ange replays an earlier interview with Paula and plays some of the music that Paula loved to dance to.

Duration: 00:57:33 | Date: 26 December, 2019

Life, Death, Spirit

Ange and Alessandra reflect on spirituality and life and death.

Duration: 00:52:34 | Date: 19 December, 2019

Joel Buckley, Sea Kayaker

In between the cool music, Alessandra chats with Joel Buckley about his adventures circumnavigating the North Island to raise funds.

Duration: 00:59:41 | Date: 17 December, 2019

Just Alessandra

Alessandra with good conversation and great music.

Duration: 00:54:04 | Date: 12 December, 2019

Virginia Meets Emily Riordan

Virginia's guest is talented local singer songwriter Emily Riordan hear about how Emily manages to juggle being a music teacher and a musician featuring tracks from her latest EP, Waves

Duration: 00:56:28 | Date: 10 December, 2019

Happy 10th Anniversary

Ange and husband, Phil, reflect on 10 years of marriage

Duration: 00:00:00 | Date: 5 December, 2019

Ange Presents Stephanie Mines and Peter Heard

Duration: 01:01:39 | Date: 28 November, 2019

Virginia Winder - Movies and Comedy

Virginia Winder talks with Alistair from Govett Brewster Art Gallery about the movies and with comedian Nathan Hedley, about his upcoming show "Searching for Happiness"

Duration: 00:58:46 | Date: 26 November, 2019

Ange hosts Dawn from The Apothecary, NP Clothes Swap, and Lloyd Cole

Ange speaks with Dawn from The Apothecary about Wican magic and wellness, and Katherine Blaney from New Plymouth Clothes Swap. Then she switches it up with a phone interview with Lloyd Cole, who has just arrived in the country for his NZ tour.

Duration: 00:58:46 | Date: 21 November, 2019

Host Ange with Chev Curtis

Ange shoots the breeze with friend Chev Curtis. Hear their thoughts on birth traumas and mental health, social media anxiety, studying through distance learning, and hear how Chev's Grandad is still charming the ladies of Bristol at age 92. Sending much aroha to our fire-affected whanau across the Tasman.

Duration: 00:58:34 | Date: 14 November, 2019

Mayor Neil Holdem

Duration: 00:52:14 | Date: 13 November, 2019

There's Not a Lot of Later Left

Duration: 00:55:26 | Date: 12 November, 2019

David Calder and Suzy Carswell

Thursday's Sweet Talk host, Ange Blackmore, chats with Suzy Carswell, about poetry and veganism and other things, and with Davey Calder, of "The Folk Music Hour" fame

Duration: 00:52:42 | Date: 7 November, 2019

Keiran Martin_Imagine My Relief

Today's show is hosted by Michelle she chats to Kieran Martin creator of Imagine My Relief a podcast series about those in the know about the climate emergency and our response to it

Duration: 00:49:03 | Date: 5 November, 2019

Ange Presents Ethel and Elvisa

Ange Smiley chats with Ethel about witchcraft and The Day of the Dead and veganism, and Elvisa van der Leden, newly elected regional councillor for Taranaki, about ecology and climate crisis.

Duration: 00:54:28 | Date: 31 October, 2019

Recovering Colonialists

Duration: 00:53:57 | Date: 29 October, 2019

Ange Blackmore Smiley Presents

Ange Blackmore Smiley takes over Thursday's Sweet Talks for the season.

Duration: 00:57:40 | Date: 24 October, 2019

Matheson Brown

Korero with this young, local man who has spent his life since high school seeking adventure. And he's found it. Hear tales of the Appalachian Trail, hitchhiking from one side of the USA to the other, and stories from an an Australian town so small it doesn't even have a pub!

Duration: 00:58:05 | Date: 22 October, 2019

Red Cross On Being Prepared

Shirley Birt from the Red Cross on the upcoming Open Day, and the Be Good, Be Ready campaign

Duration: 00:56:57 | Date: 17 October, 2019


Duration: 00:43:10 | Date: 15 October, 2019


Local elections are here. Have you voted?

Duration: 00:50:02 | Date: 8 October, 2019

Beauty Pageant Youthline and StartUp Weekend

Bree Paton-Courtney entered the 5 Crowns Pageant to learn more about herself and to gain confidence, as well as to support Youthline. She and her mum talk with Alessandra about those things and the importance of nanas and pastries. Then guest Katherine Blaney and Graham Nelson come in to get everyone excited about the upcoming Startup weekend.

Duration: 00:51:40 | Date: 3 October, 2019

Diabetes Youth Taranaki_Niamh and Greg

Niamh McCormack and Greg Watt talk about living with Type 1 diabetes, the support organisation they are both involved with, Diabetes Youth Taranaki, and upcoming events.

Duration: 00:57:13 | Date: 26 September, 2019

Joe Gray Chaplain TDHB

Duration: 00:58:39 | Date: 24 September, 2019

Jezza and Nikita Chat With Mayor

Duration: 00:55:14 | Date: 18 September, 2019

Madam Dance Crew

New Plymouth's Madame Dance Crew is NZ's No.1 hip-hop dance crew. They need help to get to Sydney next month, where they will represent NZ in hip-hop comps.

Duration: 00:56:26 | Date: 12 September, 2019

Keeping It Reo

Gareth Kahui talks about the importance of Keeping it Reo.

Duration: 01:01:23 | Date: 10 September, 2019

Voices of the Future

Organisers of the very successful Voices of the Future Conference, Nikita Taiapa and Jez Vivian, which took place in NP on 31 August, share their experience.

Duration: 00:48:41 | Date: 5 September, 2019

Tamzyn Rose Pue of Te Korimako

Duration: 00:56:25 | Date: 29 August, 2019

Counting Down on the Hill

Transition can be uncomfortable, but worth the effort. Reflections on our time here on beautiful Maungaroa

Duration: 00:41:14 | Date: 27 August, 2019

It's Out There

Musings on the power of connection, being heard, kindness, and being yourself. Alessandra also shares her thoughts on the importance of challenging the paradigms that no longer serve us.

Duration: 00:52:38 | Date: 22 August, 2019

Mikaela Nyman Poet

Duration: 00:54:14 | Date: 20 August, 2019

Jana_Toy Library

The annual Toy Library Monster Children's Book Sale is coming up and Jana needs more books.

Duration: 00:46:43 | Date: 15 August, 2019

Robbie White - Race Unity Speech

Robbie White, 15 yr old student at New Plymouth Boys High school, won the latest national Race Unity Speech competition with his beautiful speech that challenges people to stand up to racism, wherever they find it.

Duration: 00:00:00 | Date: 13 August, 2019

Karen Johns _ CBD Facilitator

Karen Johns from the NPDC is our CBD Facilitator. She welcomes all of us to join the conversation on how the CBD can be enlivened and enriched for the enjoyment of the whole community.

Duration: 00:58:19 | Date: 8 August, 2019

MS Taranaki present NED Talks

Multiple Sclerosis Taranaki

Duration: 00:34:15 | Date: 6 August, 2019

Mayor Neil

Mayor Neil Holdom is in studio for his regular, monthly chat

Duration: 00:26:23 | Date: 31 July, 2019

Thelma Plum_Kay Worth - Salvation Army

Alessandra shares the music of Thelma Plum, and chats with Kay Worth of the Salvation Army

Duration: 00:57:47 | Date: 30 July, 2019

Good News

Duration: 00:54:21 | Date: 23 July, 2019

Dave Tex Smith

Dave Tex Smith has been a busy man. Join us in getting to know this inventor, enabler, visionary, and fabulous story teller.

Duration: 00:55:32 | Date: 18 July, 2019

Craig Jeffery on Extreme Weather

Duration: 00:58:03 | Date: 16 July, 2019

Hobnail + Taranaki Artocracy

Hear from Hobnail about their 25th Anniversary "Boots and All" gig at the 4th Wall theatre. Alessandra also welcomes artists Jan Huibers and Alby Carter to talk about their upcoming exhibition, Taranaki Artocracy, at the Percy Thomson Gallery.

Duration: 01:01:05 | Date: 11 July, 2019

Mayor Neil Holdom

Mayor Neil drops in for his monthly chat

Duration: 00:58:36 | Date: 10 July, 2019

Community Building Baha'i Style

Guests from the Bahai community Shah, Essy, Laykin, Manino and Hamada dedicated to growing joy among people.

Duration: 00:43:58 | Date: 9 July, 2019

Mike Uru On Turangawaewae

Duration: 00:49:01 | Date: 4 July, 2019

With guest Trevor Woudt

Trevor shares his thoughts on ancestry, litter, new technology, and Parihaka!

Duration: 00:56:37 | Date: 2 July, 2019

Wellington on a Good Day

Alessandra has just returned from a hui in Wellington. You just can't beat it on a good day!

Duration: 00:47:07 | Date: 27 June, 2019

Dress For Success - Joi Gordon

Duration: 00:57:39 | Date: 25 June, 2019

Climate Justice-Margaret Smith and Catherine Cheung

Alessandra talks with Margaret Smith and Catherine Cheung, from Climate Justice, about the Just Transitions Community Conference held in New Plymouth, 15 June 2019

Duration: 00:53:21 | Date: 20 June, 2019

Talking to the Mayor

Mayor Neil Holdom pops into the studio for his regular monthly chat.

Duration: 00:51:36 | Date: 19 June, 2019


Duration: 00:49:51 | Date: 18 June, 2019

Angela Dellow - UPTO?

Angela shares her journey to the creation of an exciting new app that connects young people to their community: UPTO?

Duration: 00:54:35 | Date: 13 June, 2019

Priscilla N.P.

On today's Show Alessandra chats with John Ainsworth and Cameron Douglas as they share the party of the upcoming theatric version of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Duration: 01:00:13 | Date: 11 June, 2019

Puanga With Nanny Maata

Duration: 00:34:28 | Date: 6 June, 2019

Just AK

Duration: 00:54:30 | Date: 30 May, 2019


Mayor Neil Holdom pops in for his monthly chat.

Duration: 01:01:28 | Date: 29 May, 2019

Lindsay Maindonald and Let's Talk About Magic

Lindsay Maindonald, artist and mountaineer, talks art and mountains, and Alessandra urges us to talk about the magic that happens every day

Duration: 00:59:02 | Date: 28 May, 2019


Everything is changing - and fast!!

Duration: 00:50:15 | Date: 23 May, 2019

Julia Jones

Julia Jones, Head of Analytics at NZX, is very down-to-earth and very easy to relate to. She was a speaker at the Techweek 2019 event, "All You Can Eat", where she talked about understanding global trends and changing mindsets. She continues that conversation with Alessandra.

Duration: 00::00:00 | Date: 21 May, 2019

Keryn And Dana - Youth Week

Keryn and Dana talk about the Youth Army and the events coming up during Youth week

Duration: 00:48:30 | Date: 16 May, 2019

Natacha Dunn_Techweek 2019

Duration: 00:57:48 | Date: 14 May, 2019

Dennis Ngawhare_WOMAD Liaison

Dennis Ngawhare shares his experiences as a WOMAD Artist Liaison since 2002, and plays some of the music from the bands he has looked after.

Duration: 01:03:37 | Date: 9 May, 2019

Mayor Holdom Talks Future Stuff

Duration: 00:56:23 | Date: 8 May, 2019

Fiona Young On Regeneration

Duration: 00:52:21 | Date: 7 May, 2019

Joshua Sands - Taranaki Arts Trail

Angela Solomons talks with ceramic sculptor Joshua Sands - this week's Taranaki Arts Trail featured artist.

Duration: 01:00:08 | Date: 30 April, 2019

No Duff

Michelle talks with Nathan and Jase, about No Duff, an organisation run by veterans for veterans, and their ANZAC Day event.

Duration: 00:52:53 | Date: 24 April, 2019

Taranaki Arts Trail - Beth Pottinger Hockings

Jazmine's guest is fibre artist Beth Pottinger-Hockings, and she enlightens us about her art, and involvement in the Taranaki Arts Trail

Duration: 00:23:40 | Date: 23 April, 2019

Jazmine Hosts With Guest Gemma

Duration: 00:35:46 | Date: 23 April, 2019

Anne Meets the Mayor

Duration: 00:57:57 | Date: 17 April, 2019

Sarah Gillingham_Mental Health Peer Support

Duration: 00:34:42 | Date: 16 April, 2019

Taranaki Arts Trail - Helen Griffiths

Poetry as an art form

Duration: 00:29:46 | Date: 16 April, 2019

Zoe Takes Over

Zoe hosts the show, with Alessandra as her guest. Hear about her upcoming trip to the Climate Change Consciousness event in Findhorn, Scotland

Duration: 00:56:50 | Date: 11 April, 2019

Chris Garrett Donkey Sanctuary

Duration: 00:57:38 | Date: 9 April, 2019


Duration: 00:54:40 | Date: 4 April, 2019

Piripi's Nuthouse

Sweet Talk guest Philip Robertson speaks candidly about living with Bipolar. Philip explains that writing a book about his life ("Piripi's Nut House") has helped him come to terms with some of the troubling events in his life. He hopes the book will help de-stigmatize mental illness, by creating a better understanding in the community.

Duration: 01:00:25 | Date: 28 March, 2019

Mayor Neil Holdom

Duration: 00:48:45 | Date: 27 March, 2019

Taranaki Arts Trail 2019 - Joni Murphy

Duration: 00:58:24 | Date: 26 March, 2019

Phone a Friend

When you're not sure how to deal - phone a trusted friend. We did.

Duration: 00:58:31 | Date: 21 March, 2019

We Need To Talk About Who We Are NZ

We need to talk about who we really are, New Zealand. Reflections on the multi-cultural and diverse society in which we live.

Duration: 01:01:20 | Date: 19 March, 2019

Karl Austin and Andre Manella

Michelle talks with Karl Austin about The Extravaganza Fair, happening at East End Reserve this coming weekend, and with Andre Manella, of Sonic Delusion.
Karl provides live, original music and hear the latest releases by Sonic Delusion.

Duration: 01:03:47 | Date: 7 March, 2019

Henrietta Reason_2019 Taranaki Arts Trail

Our first artist interview for this year's Arts Trail.

Duration: 00:52:20 | Date: 5 March, 2019

World Day of Prayer

Duration: 00:49:52 | Date: 28 February, 2019

Haegue Yang Exhibition and Blip Scooters are coming to town

Duration: 00:53:04 | Date: 26 February, 2019

Town and Country Security_Amber and James

Brian Voice from Town and Country Security Limited shares his story, then Amber and James grace us with their song

Duration: 00:50:38 | Date: 21 February, 2019

Bubble Man_Nic Roderick

The Bubbleman tells his story, and Nic launches her new show, Little Village Movement

Duration: 01:05:04 | Date: 19 February, 2019

Jamie Allan

Jamie Allen from Taranaki Retreat shares his stories, and his "why"

Duration: 0056:50 | Date: 14 February, 2019

Live From Caravan_Mayor Neil On Taranaki 2050

Duration: 00:45:21 | Date: 13 February, 2019

Miranda Palmer on Hawaii Time

Miranda Palmer talks about spending 3 months living and working in Hawaii

Duration: 00:57:47 | Date: 7 February, 2019

Support Please

Duration: 01:02:17 | Date: 5 February, 2019

On The House_Karaitiana

Rebekah from On The House, plus Karaitiana - Green stone carver and so much more

Duration: 01:00:37 | Date: 31 January, 2019

Venture Taranaki Curious Minds

Duration: 01:01:23 | Date: 29 January, 2019

Climate Change Consciousness and Conductive Education

Alessandra talks Climate Change Consciousness, and later is joined by Craig Nielsen from Conductive Education Taranaki. Craig explains how Conductive Education is helping families by maximising the "ability" in "disability".

Duration: 01:01:40 | Date: 24 January, 2019

Welcome Back Mystery Track

Duration: 00:57:45 | Date: 22 January, 2019