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Welcome to the Community Garden. A new weekly Wire segment where Oscar Perress watches and reports back on local progressive community and group projects growing in the beautiful garden that is Tāmaki Makaurau. The projects we will try and focus covering are those creatively finding solutions to the problems that they find in our society, especially via the means of bringing people together. The segment will include an interview with one specific group a week, plus a brief guide to the top selection of community events and discussions happening in that upcoming week. 

Come and enjoy the community garden, and remember, you don't have to be a communist to love your community.  
 

Community Garden w/ Mary-Margaret: June 23, 2020

Community Garden w/ Mary-Margaret: June 23, 2020 Community Garden w/ Mary-Margaret: June 23, 2020, 19.48 MB
Tue 23 Jun 2020

The fight to emphasise the responsibility of big business when it comes to climate change continues. However, there are still viable opportunities for volunteering for sustainable initiatives here in Tāmaki. Robbie Sutherland is a low carbon specialist at Auckland Council, and he joined Mary-Margaret to talk about which initiatives are around this winter that we can join to protect our local environment. Mary-Margaret also asked Robbie  about distinguishing the importance of opportunities for community action from the importance of governments committing to their word that climate change must be mitigated.

Common Space vs Public Space with Sophie Jeram: June 16, 2020

Common Space vs Public Space with Sophie Jeram: June 16, 2020 Common Space vs Public Space with Sophie Jeram: June 16, 2020 , 34.55 MB
Tue 16 Jun 2020

Bronwyn spoke to Sophie Jeram, an artist and curator from Letting Space and Urban Dream Brokerage who is is also working towards a PhD in Landscape Architecture on the commoning of land. She spoke about the distinction between pulblic and common space, as well as her personal experience creating such projects since 1993.  Most recently, Sophie has been part of the Vogelmorn Community Group, which started in a converted bowling club, and served as a case study for the interview. 

Last week Sophie spoke as part of an international webinar hosted by the Journal of Public where speakers from a number of countries and disciplines webinar discussed the way we interact in public space in the current and post COVID-19 conditions. This formed basis for the beginning of the interview. 

 

The Community Garden; Catalyse: May 5 2020

The Community Garden; Catalyse: May 5 2020 The Community Garden; Catalyse: May 5 2020, 18.95 MB
Tue 5 May 2020

Earlier in Rāhui, Oscar Perress spoke to Catalyse’s Denise Bijoux. Catalyse is a network of strategic and creative professionals who enable locally-led regeneration. They work alongside local people to make the places we are in together, the places that we collectively want them to be.

They discussed all things community and Covid-19, focussing on moving forward with some lessons we have learnt in our spaces and places. They started off discussing the differences in what and how some of us have learnt in lockdown, inequalities and the future. 

 

Food sovereignty in the time of Covid-19: April 24, 2020

Food sovereignty in the time of Covid-19: April 24, 2020 Food sovereignty in the time of Covid-19: April 24, 2020, 10.78 MB
Fri 24 Apr 2020

Phoebe Balle is of Norwegian and Pākehā descent, growing up in Auckland she now lives in Wellington working as a researcher. She recently spent 3 months at the Koanga Institute based near Wairoa, which is a centre for regenerative living founded by Kay Baxter and Bob Corker about 30 years ago. Over that time they’ve collected heritage seeds from fruit trees, vegetables and flowers. They now have over 800 varieties of seeds. We have actually had Kay on the show before when Lillian was looking into alternatives for overusing phosphate in our fertilisers as part of my Western Sahara investigation, so it’s great to hear a bit more about her mahi. Lillian saw a post from Phoebe on facebook about her time at the Koanga Institute and the importance of our relationships to our grown kai, so she reached out for a chat about this, particularly in the context of Covid19. In all honesty, Lillian had to start by asking what a heritage seed was.

The Queer Pavilion; Richard Orjis on Pride and Collective Empowerment; February 13, 2020

The Queer Pavilion; Richard Orjis on Pride and Collective Empowerment; February 13, 2020 The Queer Pavilion; Richard Orjis on Pride and Collective Empowerment; February 13, 2020, 26.61 MB
Thu 13 Feb 2020

In the Community Garden, Oscar Perress was joined by Richard Orjis, of Queer Pavilion, to discuss the relation between Pride Month and Waitangi Day, an arts based response to Queer Liberation and Collective Empowerment. 

A huge thank you to Orjis and all the artists who contributed to the pavilion. 

 

Creating Space for Intercultural Dialogues and Interactions w/ Splice; 3 December, 2019

Creating Space for Intercultural Dialogues and Interactions w/ Splice; 3 December, 2019 Creating Space for Intercultural Dialogues and Interactions w/ Splice; 3 December, 2019, 25.75 MB
Tue 3 Dec 2019

95bFM News talked to Splice's Gareth Fa about creating space for intercultural dialogues and interactions. We also talk about the upcoming Global Active Citizens Annual Marketplace on December 12th and all the work that has gone into it. 

Māori Mindfulness, Present Living by Mātauranga Māori w/ Cathy November 19, 2019

Māori Mindfulness, Present Living by Mātauranga Māori w/ Cathy November 19, 2019 Māori Mindfulness, Present Living by Mātauranga Māori w/ Cathy November 19, 2019, 20.69 MB
Tue 19 Nov 2019

Here in this wire piece, 95bFM reporter Dhan-nun(FreedomofCommon) was fortunate enough to speak with Cathy Livermore who runs Māori mindfulness. Cathy's paradigms combine mindfulness practices with Mātauranga Māori to develop a person's wairua and improve hinengaro.

Finding Good in Life w/ GoodLife Projects Charitable Trust: November 5, 2019

Finding Good in Life w/ GoodLife Projects Charitable Trust: November 5, 2019 Finding Good in Life w/ GoodLife Projects Charitable Trust: November 5, 2019, 17.56 MB
Tue 5 Nov 2019

We were priviliged enough to talk to Goodlife Projects Charitable Trust about their project, providing opportunities, community (Of Course) and the Kai ora fund. Tune in to learn more! 

 

Finding a Place in Parliament(ary History) w / Toti's Margaret Evans; October 29, 2019

Finding a Place in Parliament(ary History) w / Toti's Margaret Evans; October 29, 2019 Finding a Place in Parliament(ary History) w / Toti's Margaret Evans; October 29, 2019, 26.37 MB
Tue 29 Oct 2019

Hamilton group TOTI are calling for an ‘almost invisible’ piece of national history to be publicly acknowledged this week.

Today is the centenary of the 1919 Women’s Parliamentary Rights Act which for the first time allowed women to stand for election to the House of Representatives - to become MPs.

 

Oscar Perress was lucky enough to speak to TOTI’s Margaret Evans, who also happened to be Hamilton’s first female mayor, from 1989-98, about the legislation and its place in our past, present and future. 


 

A Walk around Maungawhau w/ Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority; October 15, 2019

A Walk around Maungawhau w/ Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority; October 15, 2019 A Walk around Maungawhau w/ Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority; October 15, 2019 , 15.3 MB
Tue 15 Oct 2019

Maungawhau is recognised as one of the most well-preserved pre-historic fortifications of its type in the world. Features of the original pā survive, including historic pā tūāpapa (terraces) and rua (pits) around the crater area, but the inadequate track is damaging them.

A new boardwalk is planned for the crater rim at the tihi (summit) of Maungawhau which will help protect its Tūpuna Maunga status.

Oscar Perress talked to Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, and started by asking Majurey to explain the project.