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Various hosts take the funky personalities and stories from local community and share them with you over a cuppa. Nearly always fun and hardly ever too serious.

Airing time: Live, 9-10am weekdays. Replays same day at 9pm



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 in as a guest. Contact the station on 06 751 3720 to arrange a date. 

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Turkey the Bird_Words as Weapons

In this episode of two halves, Alessandra is joined, firstly, by Andre Manella ad Adrian Whelan, of Turkey the Bird. Then Elain Shen Rollins and Kerry Ann Lee come in to talk about "Words as Weapons" events at the Govett Brewster Gallery over the weekend, which take on racism.

Duration: 00:57:02 | Date: 25 September, 2020

TDHB Chaplains

Chaplaincy Awareness Week coincides beautifully with Mental Health Awareness Week. Taranaki District Hospital chaplains, Joe Gray and Tim Harland bring their work to life in lively conversation. (Warning: contains swears)

Duration: 00:56:37 | Date: 24 September, 2020

Mayor Neil Holdom

Mayor Neil Holdom taking care of mental health and mental health awareness, and Taranaki development strategy

Duration: 00:54:11 | Date: 23 September, 2020

Lois Parkes

In the lead up to the 200 Taranaki Arts Trail, Alessandra talks to participating artists. Today: Lois Parkes, author, illustrator and ceramicist

Duration: 00:14:52 | Date: 22 September, 2020

Viv Davy, Artist

In the lead up to the 200 Taranaki Arts Trail, Alessandra talks to participating artists. Today: Viv Davy, textile artist

Duration: 00:28:21 | Date: 22 September, 2020

Viv Davy, Lois Parkes - Taranaki Arts Trail

This is the first of the 2020 series of interviews with Taranaki Arts Trail artists. Today Viv Davy and Lois Parkes share their stories.

Duration: 00:55:21 | Date: 22 September, 2020

Toy Library Book Sale_Tamzyn Rose

Duration: 01:02:01 | Date: 18 September, 2020

Seasons For Growth

Alessandra talks with Judy Wood, from Seasons For Growth, a peer support programme for young people aged 5-18 who are suffering grief and loss

Duration: 00:59:21 | Date: 17 September, 2020

With Councillor Tony Bedford

NPDC Councillor Tony Bedford shares his story. A life in community.

Duration: 56:54 | Date: 10 September, 2020

Verdigris Supporting Mental Health

Guests today are Sue and Peter Hogan from Verdigris Creative Studio in Whakaahurangi/Stratford. They welcome art and creative pieces for an exhibition to support Mental Health Week. All proceeds to Taranaki Retreat

Duration: 59:49 | Date: 8 September, 2020

The Collaboration_ Aro

Alessandra talks with Philippa Grey and Anna Scott of The Collaboration, growing opportunity and creative expression in Ngaamotu CBD, plus a phone interview with, and the music of, Emily and Charles Looker, who make up Aro - performing this week at 4th Wall Theatre

Duration: 00:59:03 | Date: 4 September, 2020

Taranaki Men's Hikoi

With more than 60 men registered, the first Taranaki hikoi for 2020 is happening this Weekend (Sept 5th), and offers an amazing opportunity to venture out and connect with the land and also connect with ones self.

Duration: 00:59:05 | Date: 3 September, 2020

Creativity Through Change

Local music, creativity through change, free event at TSB Showplace Sept 13 for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Duration: 00:58:57 | Date: 1 September, 2020

Best Siiide - Connecting Our Differences

Hohepa Te Moana, aka Heps, already podcasts his successful Best Siiide series to thousands of listeners. He is now, also, broadcasting them via ART (Saturdays, 5-6pm). Today he connects the dots with Alessandra, as this collaboration takes off.

Duration: 00:53:52 | Date: 28 August, 2020

Puna Wano Bryant

Puna Wano-Bryant is determined that birdsong will return to the mountain and Māori stories and voices will be heard

Duration: 01:14:17 | Date: 27 August, 2020

Farm Music Taranaki with Sally Barnett

Fathers, sons, grandsons, making music on the farm, from everyday objects and implements. Find out how to get involved through the Farm Music Taranaki FB page

Duration: 1:3:57 | Date: 25 August, 2020

With Guests EJ Barrett and Hayley Elliott-Kernot

Meet guests EJ Barrett and Hayley Elliott-Kernot, as they share their firsts. EJ has just released her first single, "Paint Me a Picture", and shares her views on diversity, neuro-divergent existence, polyamory, and sexuality. Hayley's stunning first solo exhibition is currently showing at the Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford

Duration: 51:45 | Date: 21 August, 2020

With Artist Graeme Thompson

Graeme Thompson, artist exhibiting at ART's Emerge Gallery, shares his influences and practice in a journey from Tuatapere to New Plymouth, via California

Duration: 41:19 | Date: 20 August, 2020

Kia Kaha e Te Iwi - Into the Forbidden Zone

When Mufasa shows Simba the forbidden zone - is that the wisdom of Indigenous peoples, and are we, at last, preparing to go there? With tunes.

Duration: 54:34 | Date: 19 August, 2020

Ki a Mau

Something for everyone today: Seed swap at Puke Ariki Library, Bobby Campbell Luke at Govett Brewster, and songs for dogs.

Duration: 00:57:16 | Date: 12 August, 2020

Voices of Unity_Karen Venables, Dan Lander

Karen Venables' ancestors, the Jurys, came on one of the first ships into New Plymouth. Likewise Dan Lander's family. Both are advocating towards New Plymouth becoming a community that will give voice to those who have been excluded. They share their deputations in support of Maori Wards and speak about their reasons for being voices for unity.

Duration: 00:58:17 | Date: 11 August, 2020

Sharing Music, Art and Tools

A jam-packed episode today - Alessandra talks with Gisia from Sound Valley Festival in Whanganui, Reshma about new exhibitions at Govett Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre, and Ty Hema from Taranaki Toool Library

Duration: 01:03:18 | Date: 7 August, 2020

Community Music Junction

The drums are calling. Julian Raphael talks with Anne about the joys of having music in your life, the Taranaki Singing Venture and drumming circles.

Duration: 00:57:41 | Date: 6 August, 2020

Mean Mako Mean - Te Tiriti o Waitangi Pt. 2

Mean Mako Mean Covid 19 Kõrero is a side project for Mako sisters Iri and Te Aorangi, who saw saw an opportunity during level 3 lockdown and beyond. Drawing on their whănau and friends, they bring speakers to the Facebook airwaves to talk about relevant issues happening locally, nationally and internationally. ART was permitted to broadcast the audio from one of their latest discussions when they were privileged to host Veronica Tawhai, Te Rina Warren and JJ Carberry and talk all things Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Founding members of Te Atākura and lecturers at Massey University, the trio were able to dissect articles, clear up confusion and dispel illusions in a positive and sobering fashion. The discussion has been split into two halves -this is part two.

Duration: 00:57:23 | Date: 31 July, 2020

Mean Mako Mean_Te Tiriti o Waitangi Pt.1

Mean Mako Mean Covid 19 Kõrero is a side project for Mako sisters Iri and Te Aorangi, who saw saw an opportunity during level 3 lockdown and beyond. Drawing on their whănau and friends, they bring speakers to the Facebook airwaves to talk about relevant issues happening locally, nationally and internationally. ART was permitted to broadcast the audio from one of their latest discussions when they were privileged to host Veronica Tawhai, Te Rina Warren and JJ Carberry and talk all things Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Founding members of Te Atākura and lecturers at Massey University, the trio were able to dissect articles, clear up confusion and dispel illusions in a positive and sobering fashion. The discussion has been split into two halves - this is Part One.

Duration: 00:59:26 | Date: 30 July, 2020

Te Ara Pae

Today's guest is Gwenyth Richards, counsellor at Te Ara Pae Trust in Te Hawera. Te Ara Pae: a place to rest and gather yourself before carrying on along your path

Duration: 00:57:40 | Date: 23 July, 2020

Wall of Mums

Duration: 00:59:26 | Date: 21 July, 2020

Salvation Army Mahi

Captain Karl Foreman and Wendy, from NP Salvation Army, share their awesome mahi in the community.

Duration: 00:41:13 | Date: 16 July, 2020

Step off Same Old

Duration: 01:01:15 | Date: 10 July, 2020

Found Wallet - Baha'i Community

Duration: 00:49:00 | Date: 9 July, 2020

Love Languages

Love Languages with Alaya, Celia and Imogen

Duration: 00:58:49 | Date: 3 July, 2020

Glen Jeffrey

Glenn Jeffrey talks with Alessandra about developments at the East End Skate Park; hear about the upcoming record fair

Duration: 00:57:55 | Date: 2 July, 2020

In the Quantum Soup With Mayor Neil Holdom

Mayor Neil Holdom speaks honestly about representation and Maori Wards in local council

Duration: 01:00:09 | Date: 1 July, 2020

Lumen Gallery

Artist Teresa Gooden is excited. There's a new exhibition about to open at Lumen Gallery in Tataramaiaka, featuring the works of 10 artists, plus they're launching an awesome school holiday programme.

Duration: 01:00:13 | Date: 30 June, 2020

Do Box Modular Createspace_ Voluncuriosity

Graeme Nelson and Katherine Blaney have been guests before, talking about Manifold. Today they're talking about their latest project, Do Box Modular Createspace. Not so much a container - a space that is available for you to whatever you need to do. Marie Riordon of Volunteering New Plymouth is also a guest, promoting Volunteering Week.

Duration: 01:02:29 | Date: 26 June, 2020

Frontyard Fest - Acushla-Tara Kupe

Alessandra talks with Acushla-Tara Kupe who is bringing Frontyard Fest to Taranaki - a travelling performance of 10 minutes delivered to the elders of Taranaki where they live.

Duration: 00:57:59 | Date: 25 June, 2020

Jolene Stockman on Being Different

Within the show hear a Jolene Stockman-Quicke talk about autism, and what it means to be different. (Replayed with permission.)

Duration: 00:59:30 | Date: 23 June, 2020

Ponchos and Planting

Amidst lots of laughter, Elvisa and Antonia share their (w)raps and their support of The Junction, the new recycling hub at the Transfer Station.

Duration: 01:01:25 | Date: 19 June, 2020