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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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Local Musicians

Today is all about local music and musicians, past and present

Duration: 00:58:12 | Date: 19 January, 2021

Good Habits

Good Habits are a UK alt-folk duo, composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw, who have been stranded in NZ during Covid lockdowns - lucky ole NZ!!
Currently in New Plymouth for their performance at the Festival of Lights, they called into ART for a chat.

Duration: 00:58:23 | Date: 15 January, 2021

Renee Milner

Renee Milner will be performing her 2nd show at the Festival of Lights this weekend. She joins Alessandra (complete with guitar) to talk about life, music and more

Duration: 01:01:42 | Date: 14 January, 2021

Luke Millard and The Koru Project

Luke Millard talks with Alessandra about the latest community art projects around town and about the new-look Koru Project event happening soon in the city

Duration: 59:35 | Date: 12 January, 2021

Taranaki Emergency Management

Todd Velvin and Alister Newton from Taranaki Emergency Management discuss keeping friends and family safe over the Christmas/New Year period, and the importance of community in emergency response

Duration: 28:50 | Date: 22 December, 2020

In the Shallows

Dani Parsons and Lance Shepherd make up the duo In the Shallows, in town to play a pop-up gig. Today they talk with Alessandra and share their music

Duration: 00:53:50 | Date: 18 December, 2020

Brendon Peterson Makes Flavour

Alessandra talks with Brendon Paterson about South Africa and his move to New Plymouth and the unique offerings of his Gondwana Foodstore

Duration: 01:00:00 | Date: 17 December, 2020

All Tomorrow's Parties

Summer's here at last, and all of the parties and festivals that come with it. Alessandra previews at some of them before being joined by JB - free spirit and artist

Duration: 00:57:56 | Date: 15 December, 2020

Lesley Dowding, Storyteller

Meet Lesley Dowding, Storyteller, and Valerie and Hydra from Panda Bowl NP

Duration: 01:00:31 | Date: 11 December, 2020

RATS and Hope

Aotearoa Riders Against Teen Suicide - Taranaki join with Hope Walk Taranaki to bring hope and suicide prevention awareness

Duration: 00:43:19 | Date: 10 December, 2020

Kia ora Kizomba

Lee Aiono, visiting dance instructor from Auckland, Jen Little, dance enthusiast, and Kiel de Buisson, Director of Dance Connexion New Plymouth, share their love of Bachata and Kizomba and the growing craze for Latin Dance in Taranaki

Duration: 00:56:22 | Date: 8 December, 2020

Mayor Neil

Mayor Neil Holdom joins Alessandra to discuss local issues, such as water and energy

Duration: 00:37:43 | Date: 25 November, 2020

Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael current artist in residence at Auckland University of Technology speaks about his current project Raised up Sky, an augmented reality artwork, discusses the unique identity of icebergs and collaboration across cultures and borders through pandemic.
He is joined by Lisa Berndt of the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in this interview with Alessandra Keighley.

Duration: 00:21:32 | Date: 24 November, 2020


Anne and Liz speak about the Taranaki monthly meeting, tell their own stories and share what the practice brings to them. Find out more on

Duration: 00:23:16 | Date: 24 November, 2020

Ceilidh And Taranaki Transgender

Mary Sylvester, from Scotland talks about Ceilidh and Taranaki Transgender Celebration

Duration: 00:59:07 | Date: 20 November, 2020

Synthony, and the Healthy Living Forum

DJ General Lee on the collaboration that is Synthony, comin g to the Bowl of Brooklands on Jane 23, 2021. Also Hilary Blackstock of Sport Taranaki, on the Healthy Living Forum, Nov 25th at the New Plymouth Sportsfishing and Underwater Club

Duration: 56:54 | Date: 19 November, 2020

Meet Sieni Richardson

Sieni Richardson is about to become our newest broadcaster, with her Samoan language show, La Talanoa

Duration: 01:00:10 | Date: 17 November, 2020

Hanahiva Rose on Sorawit Songsataya and Ayesha Green

Assistant Curator Contemporary Art Hanahiva Rose discusses upcoming visit from artists Sorawit Songsataya and Ayesha Green, background to their practice, themes and explorations. The artists will join Hanahiva in conversation at a free public talk at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery 2pm Sunday November 15.

Duration: 00:54:41 | Date: 13 November, 2020

Sasha Borissenko

Meet Sasha Borissenko, Community Access Media's (CAMA) National Coordinator

Duration: 00:53:47 | Date: 12 November, 2020

Sue Edlin

ART's current exhibitor in the emerging artist space is Sue Edlin, felt artist

Duration: 00:57:46 | Date: 6 November, 2020

Art for Refuge

Shona Smith, from Taranaki Women's Refuge, talks about their upcoming fundraiser art auction. John McLean, contibuting artist, speaks about his practice and why he feels strongly about contributing to the event.

Duration: 01:01:16 | Date: 3 November, 2020

Reset 2020 and Feast Festival

Virginia talks with Lisa Haskell from TAFT and Rachel Church of Feast Festival Taranaki about these two great events running side-by-side in November. Featuring music by artists performing during Reset 2020

Duration: 00:59:16 | Date: 30 October, 2020

Jayeta Valentine, artist - Taranaki Arts Trail

Host Michelle talks with artist Jayeta Valentine about her life and art, which includes a change in artistic style and media in her more recent works.

Duration: 00:56:05 | Date: 27 October, 2020

Gardens and Art - a Collaboration

Virginia talks with three women who working together on a wonderful collaboration. Meet Tetsu Garnett of Taranaki Garden Festival, Erin Strampel of Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail and Niki Jenkinson of Taranaki Arts Trail. Also meet actor, Alison Quigan, who, along with Mark Hadlow, in bringing Roger Hall's play "Winding Up" to Taranaki.

Duration: 00:59:16 | Date: 23 October, 2020

Meet Wolfgang Junk

Meet the latest new broadcaster at ART, Wolfgang Junk. Wolfgang presents a German-language show called For Krauts and Kiwis Everywhere

Duration: 00:56:11 | Date: 22 October, 2020

Arts Trail Artists Vicky Taylor and Henriette Reason, plus Ben Dixon

This broadcast features rattling jewellery, the world premiere of Ben Dixon’s single 'Friends', and Art’s Trail artists Henriette Reason and Vicky Taylor speak about their journey’s in mediums and movement from realism to abstraction.

Duration: 00:51:47 | Date: 20 October, 2020