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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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Debunking Carbon Myths With Jamie Silk and Barbara Hammonds

Jamie Silk, of Silks Advisory Services, studied at London School of Economics and worked within the Energy Sector in Taranaki.
Here Jamie discusses micro-grids, genuine solutions to energy challenges, integrating the sharing economy and what each of us might do now with tools we already have to effect solutions.
Barbara Hammonds represents Climate Change and Consciousness bringing global conversations to life among local people.
Host Alessandra Keighley delights in slowing it down and keeping it real.

Duration: 00:52:02 | Date: 15 April, 2021

Creative Taranaki

Duration: 00:59:24 | Date: 13 April, 2021

ART Changes Awesome Dawson New Manager

Alessandra and Anne talk about the changes coming to Access Radio in the next few weeks.

Duration: 1:02:44 | Date: 9 April, 2021

Sphere Taranaki Contemporary Dance Collective

Marie Hermo Jensen and Gaenor Brown discuss creativity, their journeys to Taranaki and the origin of Sphere Taranaki Contempory Dance Collective performance piece at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Center.

Duration: 00:58:24 | Date: 8 April, 2021

The Vagus Notion

Duration: 1:00:02 | Date: 6 April, 2021

The Vagus Notion

Duration: 1:00:02 | Date: 6 April, 2021

Evie Thorn On April Fools Day

Duration: 00:00:00 | Date: 1 April, 2021

Mayor Neil Holdom on Water.

Alessandra talks with the NPDC mayor, Neil Holdom about water.

Duration: 1:00:03 | Date: 31 March, 2021


Alessandra looks back on some highlights of her experience broadcasting with ART.

Duration: 1:03:43 | Date: 30 March, 2021

Rahul Radhakrishnan Giving Back to his Community

Duration: 00:50:52 | Date: 26 March, 2021

Grant Kenny from the Edge of Tiger Town

Duration: 00:56:15 | Date: 25 March, 2021

Magic is the only practical path

Duration: 01:00:37 | Date: 23 March, 2021

Mary Magdalene Revealed

Host, Imogen and friends explore the book Mary Magdalene Revealed and its implications for womanhood and motherhood

Duration: 00:57:38 | Date: 19 March, 2021

Colours of the Heart with Rex Lovegrove

Rex Lovegrove talks about his new show on Access Radio Taranaki, Colours of the Heart

Duration: 00:59:23 | Date: 16 March, 2021

Sylvia - a Little Theatre Production

Director Nicci Smith and actor Frankie Roberts talk about the latest play being presented at New Plymouth's Little Theatre, 'Sylvia'

Duration: 00:59:31 | Date: 12 March, 2021

The Life and Legacy of Dr Doris Gordon

Mary Perrot shares about the life and legacy of Dr Doris Gordon MD MBE and her pioneering services to women's health, ahead of a Doris Gordon Memorial Trust Lecture being held 23 March

Duration: 00:57:40 | Date: 11 March, 2021

Sweet Home Magazine, Sian Fenwick

Leading up to the official launch of her new magazine, Sweet Home, and the release of the 2nd edition, Sian Fenwick talks with Alessandra about the what, why and how of it.

Duration: 01:02:26 | Date: 9 March, 2021

Race Unity Speech Awards 2021

Mervyn Chivers is here to tell you everything you didn't know you need to know about the Race Unity Speech Awards 2021

Duration: 00:57:21 | Date: 2 March, 2021

The Forbidden Show With Wolves

Have you seen the Brett Graham: Tai Moana Tai Tangata at Govett Brewster Art Gallery yet? You may not have heard about it. Its tagline is "A cautionary tale about human endeavour in Aotearoa New Zealand."

Duration: 00:56:33 | Date: 26 February, 2021

Graeme Thompson - Spacecraft

Artist Graeme Thompson talks with Alessandra about his exhibition at Govett Street Gallery, 'Spacecraft' - a postmodernist take on outsider art

Duration: 00:49:38 | Date: 25 February, 2021

Kerilyn Douwes, Pewter Artist

Kerilyn Douwes is a pewter artist. What is that, you may ask. Listen in to find out all about this fascinating medium and technique.

Duration: 00:56:17 | Date: 16 February, 2021

Maori Ward Submission_OK Boomers

Alessandra shares her submission in support of the change in legislation around Maori Ward petitions, then the OK Boomers are live, in-studio, ahead of their performing at The Koru Project

Duration: 00:54:27 | Date: 11 February, 2021

Tuesdays Happen

It's Tuesday (not Monday!!) Alessandra talks about the Koru Project fringe music event, happening in the Huatoki Plaza this coming weekend

Duration: 00:44:51 | Date: 9 February, 2021


Today's themes are believing in yourself, public broadcasting and doing what's right, featuring music by upcoming Koru Project artist, Mireya Ramos

Duration: 00:53:01 | Date: 4 February, 2021

A Different Pathway to Property Ownership

Dan and Thomas Thurston-Crow are new landowners. Along with Karen Venables, Property Lawyer, and Alessandra Keighley, land seller, they discuss aspects of the direct mortgage movement that puts home-ownership in the hands of people in Taranaki.

Duration: 00:55:41 | Date: 2 February, 2021

Caleb Duckett, Len Lye

Caleb Duckett, ex-Serious Happiness, talks with Ange Smiley about his new musical ventures. Lisa Berndt from the Len Lye Centre, is in to talk about the latest Len Lye exhibition - Tangibles 1959-1961

Duration: 00:54:42 | Date: 29 January, 2021

Sam, Reuben and Mia

Anne is joined by brothers Sam and Reuben Egli and Mia West, who are in the process of forming a band Huhu Grubs. They talk about their friendship and their music ahead of Sam's (and maybe the others) appearance at the upcoming Koru Project event

Duration: 00:52:31 | Date: 28 January, 2021

Alex Widdowson and Folk Stack

Andre and Bridget promote Folk Stack - an upcoming musical event in Inglewood and Ohawe. Also meet TikTok-er, Alex Widdowson who fell through time from the '70s to be a 17yr old in New Plymouth

Duration: 01:00:56 | Date: 26 January, 2021

Jax Hamilton and This Little Badge

Alessandra chats with Jax Hamilton during her visit to New Plymouth, and with musician Dave Pope, of the band This Little Badge. Dave also provides live music.

Duration: 00:56:46 | Date: 22 January, 2021

Betsy and the Reckless

The delightful Betsy and Whakaia, of Betsy and the Reckless come to play music and chat with Alessandra ahead of their performance at The Koru Project

Duration: 00:53:24 | Date: 21 January, 2021

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