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The Free Breakfast – Peter Sergel - 27-05-2024( 0:8:5)       
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Created by Free FM, Hamilton, New Zealand
Published: 27/05/2024 11:15:00 a.m.
The Free Breakfast – NZTrio - 16-05-2024( 0:16:0)       
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Ashley Brown — cellist and NZTrio founding member - talks about the ensemble's 2024 concert series, Triptych, which will come to Kirikiriroa on 17 May.
Published: 16/05/2024 9:45:00 a.m.
The Free Breakfast - Distinguished Gentlemans Ride – 13-05-2024( 0:16:48)       
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Campbell Robertson is the Waikato organiser for the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride – a world-wide event happening Sunday May 19 and involving 11 cities in NZ from Auckland to Invercargill. The DGR is a fundraising and awareness event for men's health – specifically men's mental health and prostate cancer research. Full information to support or take part in this year's event can be found on their website: gentlemansride.com.
Published: 13/05/2024 8:30:00 a.m.
The Free Breakfast - Amanda Wright – 02-05-2024( 0:12:16)       
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AmandaMania is co-founder of both Brazen and Splore, and has been a driving force in New Zealand’s music and festival scenes for over three decades. She spoke to Cate Prestidge about the first Brazen Pop-Up, happening at YOT club this Saturday 4 May.
Published: 2/05/2024 10:00:00 a.m.
The Free Breakfast – Waipa Update - 01-05-2024( 0:11:58)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk gives her fortnightly update on the district.
Published: 1/05/2024 10:00:00 a.m.
The Free Breakfast – Protect Te Huia - 01-05-2024( 0:10:24)       
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Georgie Dansey, spokesperson for Te Huia, joins Gary Farrow in the studio to discuss the future of the Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, ahead of the public meeting at The Ramada By Wyndham, 287 Victoria St, Hamilton Central on 4th May 2024 at 2.30pm.
Published: 1/05/2024 9:15:00 a.m.
The Free Breakfast – 26-04-2024( 0:7:52)       
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Every May is NZ Music Month and Edwin spoke to Cath Andersen, Chief Executive of the NZ Music Commission about the history of the initiative and how it benefits the industry.
Published: 26/04/2024 4:00:00 p.m.
The Free Breakfast – Sweeney Todd – 18-04-2024( 0:21:9)       
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The dramatic tale of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, hits the stage at Riverlea Theatre on May 11 and promises to be a sensory spectacle for audiences. Director Greg Hack and actor Mike Williams discuss the show with Cate Prestidge. Bookings are open now at iTicket.co.nz
Published: 18/04/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Scrabble - 17-04-2024( 0:12:38)       
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Chris Tallman from the Kiwi Scrabblers in Kirikiriroa Hamilton gives an insight into the Scrabble renaissance taking place in the Waikato and around the world.
Published: 17/04/2024 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waipa Update - 17-04-2024( 0:10:35)       
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Created by Free FM, Hamilton, New Zealand
Published: 17/04/2024 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Brainy Beanies - 10-04-2024( 0:11:57)       
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Sarah Verran, chief executive of Brain Tumour Support, joins Free FM's Gary Farrow in the studio to talk about Brainy Beanies - an exciting campaign bringing together the community to raise much needed funds to support individuals and whānau living with a brain tumour. For more info, see https://braintumoursupport.org.nz/brainy-beanies
Published: 10/04/2024 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 10-04-2024( 0:15:48)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith talks about the protected cycleway on Hamilton's Rifle Range Road, and the controversy which surrounds it, in her fortnightly update on cycling news in the Waikato.
Published: 10/04/2024 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Keb Hart – 05-04-2024( 0:13:34)       
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Local singer/songwriter Keb Hart joins Ed in the studio to talk about releasing his latest EP and gives a live performance to boot!
Published: 5/04/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Liz Stolwyk Waipa Disctrict Council – 03-04-2024( 0:10:38)       
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Waipā District Council Deputy Mayor Liz Stolwyk joins Mike Williams to discuss the enhanced annual plan and other council documents going out for public consultation, plus balloons and dragonboats.
Published: 3/04/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – The Borrowers - 28-03-2024( 0:15:10)       
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Cate Prestidge talks to director Glen Mathews and actor Anita Synders about The Borrowers - on stage at Riverlea Theatre April 6 – 20. This enchanting new play by Charles Way is based upon the award-winning children’s literature classic by Mary Norton.
Published: 28/03/2024 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Go Eco Update - 27-03-2024( 0:12:13)       
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Kelli Pike joins us for the debut of our new feature, a monthly Go Eco update.
Published: 27/03/2024 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waikato District Update - 27-03-2024( 0:10:10)       
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Mayor Jacqui Church discusses arts and culture in the Waikato district, including the filming of the Minecraft movie.
Published: 27/03/2024 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato Update - 27-03-2024( 0:12:20)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith talks about her presentation of her studies into Environmental Planning, the cycling symposium in Wellington, and the Government Policy Statement (GPS).
Published: 27/03/2024 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Rebekah Harman – 21-03-2024( 0:16:4)       
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Waikato textile researcher and academic Rebekah Harman speaks with Cate Prestidge about her latest project ‘Worn Well’ - an exploration of the clothes we love, and why we love them. Rebekah has an interest in fashion and sustainability and wants to hear from you about the things you have kept in your wardrobe, and why. Listen here and have a go at the short survey before April 10 or check them out on Instagram @sustainable_clothing_research
Published: 21/03/2024 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waipa Update - 20-03-2024( 0:12:8)       
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Waipa deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk talks about the enhanced annual plan, a third Cambridge river crossing, and four years since the first lockdown.
Published: 20/03/2024 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 18-03-2024( 0:10:28)       
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New NZ film 'The Mountain' is being released on Thursday March 28. It's the first feature film for director Rachel House, but the three young stars are also marking their debut in the world of cinema. Elizabeth (Beth) Atkinson is the pivotal character Sam in this story about finding your roots with new friends.
Published: 18/03/2024 11:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Greg Johnson – 14-03-2024( 0:15:22)       
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Greg Johnson's 13th studio album, Thunder In Fall was Free FM's feature album last week and he's now in the country again for a 10-stop tour, including Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. He spoke with Cate Prestidge about working on the album.
Published: 14/03/2024 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Muroki – 14-03-2024( 0:18:8)       
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Kenyan-NZ reggae artist Muroki joins Cate Prestidge to talk about his latest EP release, Timezones.
Published: 14/03/2024 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 13-03-2024( 0:12:26)       
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Melissa Smith, co-chair and spokesperson at Bike Waikato, joins us for a fortnightly update, covering Hamilton City Council's cancelled cycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects.
Published: 13/03/2024 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Nancy Caiger – 07-03-2024( 0:15:0)       
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Boon Sculpture has been in the city for the past month but vandalism has affected some work. Boon Arts Trustee Nancy Caiger talks to Cate Prestidge about this year's installations and the mahi that goes into creating this distinctive additon to Hamilton's landscape.
Published: 7/03/2024 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Liz Stolwyk from Waipā DC - 06-03-2024( 0:9:35)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk talks about the extraordinary change in council's approach to its Long Term Plan, which has been permitted of councils around the motu by central government in the face of the changing financial situation with the scrapping of Three Waters.
Published: 6/03/2024 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Chaplin - 23-02-2024( 0:13:21)       
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Chaplin is based on the real-life story of Charlie Chaplin, the iconic film actor, writer, producer and director. The new musical spans the comic’s entire career, and is on-stage at The Meteor in Hamilton April 13-20. Free FM's Mike Williams had the producer and director of the play, Jonty Climo, in the studio to talk about the show.
Published: 23/02/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Kelli Pike signs off – 20-02-2024( 0:12:10)       
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After seven years of involvement with Free FM, in various guises, Kelli Pike hosted The Free Breakfast for the final time today. She took the opportunity to share some thoughts about her journey on air, and her passion for Kirikiriroa.
Published: 20/02/2024 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – The Twits - 16-02-2024( 0:13:6)       
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The Twits by Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood, tells the story of the spiteful Mr and Mrs Twit. Director Lorna Ashton, and Janine Swainson starring as Mrs Twit, join Mike in the studio to discuss the show as part of the Hamilton Arts Festival on 23 February, 25 February and 3 March.
Published: 16/02/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Kōpū – 15-02-2024( 0:12:31)       
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One of the acts in this year's Hamilton Arts Festival is Kōpū — a cheeky ballad of a show sharing the songs of our young wāhine Māori as they navigate this world, hairy nipples first, following in the footsteps of our naughty nannies from the kāuta. A kāhui whetū of multi-talented performers weave live music, performance, poetry, and poi to share a hilarious honest account of their experiences of wāhinetanga now: the duality of being fiercely everything at once. One of the performers, Tuakoi Ohia, talks with Cate Prestidge about the show. Kōpū is on stage at the Emporium of Scintillating Wonders, Hamilton Gardens, on Saturday 24 February at 8:00pm.
Published: 15/02/2024 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Tina Turley – 12-02-2024( 0:14:55)       
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Canadian singer/songwriter Tina Turley is back in the country again (she was last here almosta a year ago) and will be seen on stage at the Pirongia Bonnets, Blues and BBQs Festival this Saturday (17 February) and at Frankton Thunder on 10 March. She joined Mike Williams to talk about her work, and her affaection for this part of the world.
Published: 13/02/2024 8:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Paula Southgate - 09-02-2024( 0:17:9)       
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Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate speaks to Mike about the ‘massive’ impact on projected rates after councils have been instructed to retain water services.
Published: 9/02/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 08-02-2024( 0:14:0)       
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The first-ever To The Front Kirikiriroa holiday programme is coming to Hamilton in the school holidays of July 2024. Born from Girls Rock Camp Aotearoa in 2017 the gender-inclusive music development programme encourages young women, trans, intersex, takatāpui and gender diverse youth to embrace their creativity in a safe space. Guided by experienced music industry professionals, this newest edition of To The Front is the fourth location in New Zealand to host the programme, and we welcomed Lora Thompson and Lauren Kerr-Bell on this morning’s Free Breakfast to tell us more.
Published: 8/02/2024 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waipa Update - 07-02-2024( 0:8:46)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk updates us from the council chamber.
Published: 7/02/2024 8:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bird Machine - 02-02-2024( 0:23:36)       
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Kirikiriroa duo Bird Machine are launching their second EP on Feb 23, including the single 'You'll Be Fine'. They joined Mike in the Free FM studio to play the song live, and to talk about their upcoming Hey Human EP.
Published: 2/02/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Taisha Tari – 01-02-2024( 0:23:34)       
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Multi award winning singer and composer Taisha Tari spoke with Cate Prestidge about her journey into music, her career highlights, exploring her whakapapa and her new show Woven, which will debut at the Hamilton Arts Festival.
Published: 1/02/2024 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 31-01-2024( 0:13:18)       
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Melissa Smith, co-chair and spokesperson at Bike Waikato, takes stock of the cycling infrastructure projects that have been cancelled in Kirikiriroa by central government - but also on the flipside, celebrates those that will be going ahead. She also discusses the activities taking place in the region over Bike Month.
Published: 31/01/2024 8:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Canned Transport Projects - 26-01-2024( 0:7:8)       
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The Minister of Transport Simeon Brown has written to Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate and Hamilton City Council’s Chief Executive Lance Vervoort, to inform them of his decisions regarding the Transport Choices programme. All projects put on hold at the end of October 2023 will not receive any further funding, and therefore will not proceed to implementation/construction as part of the Transport Choices programme. On the Free Breakfast, we run through some of the projects impacted.
Published: 26/01/2024 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – The Grant Haua Explosion - 26-01-2024( 0:20:26)       
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Grant Haua is home and ready to showcase his new album Mana Blues at Biddys backbar Hamilton on Saturday 3 February. Mike speaks with him on the Free Breakfast and shares a song - Pukehinahina by Grant Haua feat. The Inspector Cluzo.
Published: 26/01/2024 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 17-01-2024( 0:11:20)       
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On the agenda with Melissa Smith from Bike Waikato this week - Ride to Ngaaruawaahia (& back) on Saturday 17 February, and the importance of an accessible city, with a spotlight on the lift at Rotokauri Transport Hub which is going to be out of service next week.
Published: 17/01/2024 1:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 06-12-2023( 0:10:1)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith talks about the AGM, and CERF projects put on hold under the new government.
Published: 6/12/2023 10:45:00 a.m.
Free Breakfast - Lady Tureiti Moxon - 05-12-2023( 0:12:8)       
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Kelli Pike talks to Lady Tureiti Moxon about the National Day of Action and standing up to anti-Māori policies, particularly protecting the Māori Health Authority, te reo Māori, the Smokefree Aotearoa policy and honouring Te Tiriti.
Published: 5/12/2023 9:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Wellington Bluegrass Concert - 04-12-2023( 0:16:37)       
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The Back Porch Bluegrass Concert will be taking place in Wellington on Saturday 9 December, brought about by Paul Trenwith, the host of Free FM's Back Porch Bluegrass Show. In this podcast, Paul speaks about it with Free Breakfast host Mike Williams.
Published: 4/12/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free Breakfast - Magical Bridge Playground - 01-12-2023( 0:20:46)       
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Peter van Vroonhoven, Chair of Magical Bridge Trust, talks with Mike Williams about the opening of Hamilton’s first fully accessible playground, which officially opens in Claudelands Park today at 4pm. The playground is designed for use by anyone, especially those with diverse disabilities and special needs and is the first of its kind in New Zealand (and the first outside the US). The new playground was built in collaboration with Hamilton City Council and Magical Bridge Trust, a charitable trust started by passionate members of the disability community.
Published: 1/12/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Static – 28-11-2023( 0:14:39)       
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Kelli Pike talks to local hard rock band Static, who are touring the North Island in December.
Published: 28/11/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Mayor Paula Southgate – 21-11-2023( 0:18:40)       
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Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate joins Mike Williams to discuss the financial pressures facing Hamilton City Council and their likely impact on the budget for the city's Long Term Plan (2024-2034). The first draft of the budget is due to be tabled at a council meeting on November 28-29.
Published: 21/11/2023 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Misty Flicks film festival 2023 – 13-11-2023( 0:22:43)       
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Mike Williams talks with Shan – talent development manager for the Misty Flicks Film Festival – and film maker Adam Harvey, who has a penchant for horror.
Published: 17/11/2023 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Making Room for Rivers – 14-11-2023( 0:10:49)       
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Tom Kay, Forest and Bird's Freshwater Advocate, talks to Kelli Pike about 'Making Room for Rivers'.
Published: 14/11/2023 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Misty Flicks film festival – 13-11-2023( 0:21:53)       
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The 2023 Misty Flicks film festival – a uniquely local event celebrating film makers in the Waikato region – runs from November 24-26 at the Regent Cinema in Te Awamutu. Two of the featured film makers, Pam Kaval and Nathan Higgins join Mike Williams to discuss their films and their passion for cinema. To qualify to be part of the fetsival your film must have been shot in the Waikato region, or Central New Zealand region, or have a connection with these regions through cast and crew. As a region, we have a lot to offer and we have a growing pool of people with the necessary skills and talent to cement the Waikato as a great place for story-telling on film.
Published: 13/11/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Brandon De La Cruz – 09-11-2023( 0:17:32)       
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Kirikiriroa-based Portland, Oregon ex-pat Brandon De La Cruz talks with Cate Prestidge about his music and his Muse.
Published: 9/11/2023 12:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Halloween Hangover - 24-10-2023( 0:15:12)       
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Kelli talks to Sam Kimber-Bell from Dick Dynamite and the Doppelgangers who are resurrecting for a Halloween Hangover gig on November 10th.
Published: 25/10/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 25-10-2023( 0:10:50)       
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Gary talks to Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith, who gives a cyclist's perspective on the experience of driving a car in Kirikiriroa.
Published: 25/10/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 20-10-2023( 0:18:58)       
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Mike Williams talks with Jumpin' JB (Jerry Balderson) host of the uniquely quirky show, The Paleface Parabola, which is about to celebrate its 100th episode on Free FM (next Wednesday night). Jerry hails from Hacketstown New Jersey, USA and is our most distant content creator. He talks about his background and how he came to become involved in making a radio show for a station half a world away.
Published: 20/10/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Liz Stolwyk - 18-10-2023( 0:9:48)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk describes her experience at the opening of the NZ Liberation Museum in Le Quesnoy, France.
Published: 18/10/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Jacqui Church - 18-10-2023( 0:10:52)       
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Waikato mayor Liz Stolwyk talks to the upcoming road and infrastructure works in the district.
Published: 18/10/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Festival of Weird - 17-10-2023( 0:11:38)       
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Kelli talks to Lauren Kerr-Bell about the upcoming Festival of Weird.
Published: 17/10/2023 9:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Chroma - 13-10-2023( 0:13:9)       
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Katie from Welsh band Chroma joins Kelli to talk about bilingualism in music, ahead of their Festival of Weird gig in November.
Published: 13/10/2023 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 11-10-2023( 0:9:38)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith covers World Car Free Day and Biketober in her fortnightly catch up on the Wednesday Free Breakfast.
Published: 11/10/2023 8:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Mending the Mind – 05-10-2023( 0:14:41)       
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Mending the Mind is a student-led campaign designed to elevate the well-being of others. Ollie Newport and Finn Myles join Cate to talk about how they’re sharing positivity on the Wintec campus.
Published: 5/10/2023 1:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Lets Reuse Hamilton – 03-10-2023( 0:16:50)       
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Emma Sinclair is Project Lead for an initiative to reduce single-use waste and make sustainable choices simple via a reusable coffee cup system, soon to be implemented at five cafes in Kirikiriroa. The Lets Reuse Hamilton scheme launches on October 5 and is being led by Impact Hub Waikato with support from Hamilton City Council. She talks to Mike Williams about the idea and how it aims to reshape the way we view grabbing a coffee to go.
Published: 3/10/2023 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - George D Henderson – 21-09-2023( 0:18:28)       
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Kiwi indie musical legend George D Henderson talks with Cate Prestidge about the ideas behind The New Existentialists latest release, a “doom metal” single called ‘Invocation’.
Published: 22/09/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Mayor Paula Southgate - 19-09-2023( 0:26:53)       
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Kelli Pike speaks with Hamilton mayor Paula Southgate for the monthly update on what's happening in council.
Published: 20/09/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 07-09-2023( 0:13:20)       
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Mike Williams talks with Adam White, director of the 2023 Waikato Hospital variety revue, Virus Ridiculus! The show is booked in for two performances at Clarence Street Theatre, October 19 and 20th. Virus Ridiculus! highlights the many varied talents of staff of the Waikato Hospital and surrounding hospitals and also other medical personnel. It is a show full of comedy, music dancing etc. Interested in takling part? Contact Adam by emailing adam.white@waikatodhb.health.nz
Published: 7/09/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waikato Mayor Jacqui Church - 06-09-2023( 0:13:55)       
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Waikato mayor Jacqui Church discusses the recent arsons in Huntly*, and the idea of a new railway station at Tuakau. *NOTE: A man has been arrested in connection with the fires since this interview was conducted.
Published: 6/09/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - The Fully Monty – 01-09-2023( 0:14:5)       
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Mike Williams talks with Dsve Moore, diretcor of the play The Full Monty, which starts its run at Te Awamutu's Woolshed Theatre from Saturday September 2. Ticket sales support prostate cancer research and are available through iTicket.co.nz... They have Ladies Night performances on the Fridays.
Published: 2/09/2023 10:30:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Liz Stolwyk - 23-08-2023( 0:10:46)       
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Update on what is going on in the Waipā district, particularly Cambridge, with deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk.
Published: 23/08/2023 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Jacqui Church - 23-08-2023( 0:12:11)       
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The Raglan wharf upgrade and Taupiri water outage are among the updates on what is going on in the Waikato district, with Mayor Jacqui Church.
Published: 23/08/2023 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Graci Kim – 17-08-2023( 0:12:40)       
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Author Graci Kim was inspired by stories of Korean mythology when she wrote her ‘magic infused’ novels. She spoke to Cate Prestidge ahead of her upcoming appearances for Hamilton Book Month.
Published: 17/08/2023 12:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Kyle Mewburn – 17-08-2023( 0:13:42)       
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Kyle Mewburn has been writing full time for over 25 years, creating dynamic picture books for children and writing youth fiction. Kyle spoke with Cate Prestidge about her work & upcoming workshop in Hamilton.
Published: 17/08/2023 12:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – The Waikato Draft - 16-08-2023( 0:11:39)       
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Sylvia Giles joins Free FM's Gary Farrow in the studio to talk about the Waikato Draft, a monthly newsletter of what's on in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, with magazine-style content arriving into your email inbox once a month.
Published: 16/08/2023 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 16-08-2023( 0:14:33)       
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Defensive cycling is the topic on this fortnight's interview with Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith.
Published: 16/08/2023 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Raymond McGrath – 10-08-2023( 0:12:3)       
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Raymond McGrath is a storyteller who creates work for print and moving media. He’s coming to Kirikiriroa as part of Hamilton Book Month, including running a practical, creative workshop on story developments and publishing.
Published: 15/08/2023 2:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Gay Buckingham – 10-08-2023( 0:13:6)       
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Dunedin writer Gay Buckingham speaks with Cate Prestidge about growing up in The Catlins and the way the natural environment influences her work. She will be in town for Hamilton Book Month on August 22.
Published: 15/08/2023 2:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Juanita Rojas – 15-08-2023( 0:10:31)       
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Juanita Rojas is host of the new Free FM podcast 'Encouraging Conversations' – she talks to Kelli Pike about the podcast's focus, preventing sexual violence in ethnic communities.
Published: 15/08/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Paula Southgate – 15-08-2023( 0:15:38)       
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Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate joins Kelli Pike to talk about localism (theme of the recent LGNZ conference), plus pulling levers to increase affordbale and transitional housing.
Published: 15/08/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Jacqui Church - 09-08-2023( 0:14:20)       
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Waikato District Mayor Jacqui Church joins Free FM's Gary Farrow for the first of her fortnightly interviews about what's on the agenda for the district. Church is so passionate about her role as mayor that she has chosen to live in a caravan near Council HQ, with one constituent fondly dubbing her the "gypsy mayor".
Published: 9/08/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Liz Stolwyk - 09-08-2023( 0:10:51)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk fills us in on the latest on the council table, with a focus on public consultation over gambling, dog by-laws, and how ratepayers can make a submission.
Published: 9/08/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 07-08-2023( 0:6:33)       
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Labour List MP for Taranaki and the King Country, Angela Roberts, discusses the upcoming general election, and the newly announced Auckland Harbour crossing and its relevance to the motu as a whole.
Published: 7/08/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 03-08-2023( 0:12:53)       
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Former Writer in residence at Waikato University, Richard von Sturmer, is returning to Kirikiriroa for Hamilton Book Month He speaks with Cate Prestidge ahead of the launch of his book Walking with Rocks, Dreaming with Rivers: My Year in the Waikato.
Published: 4/08/2023 7:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 03-08-2023( 0:13:34)       
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Feana Tu’akoi started writing stories when her children were young, and now has over 230 titles to her name. She speaks with Cate Prestidge about her early life and works, including her latest book Lopini the Legend, which will be launched during Hamilton Book Month.
Published: 4/08/2023 7:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 02-08-2023( 0:14:38)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith talks with Free FM's Gary Farrow about the Climate Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) projects that were approved by Hamilton City Council, and also has a look at further proposals yet to be considered before the Transport and Infrastructure Committee.
Published: 2/08/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Liam Carter – 01-08-2023( 0:12:2)       
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Founder of Ride Your Trike NZ, Liam Carter joined Mike Williams to talk about their next fundraising event, a Rock N Roll night which is a fully accessible family event to be held on Saturday August 26 at Zeal in Hamilton with snacks included with a ticket. Fundraiser and celebration of self-propelled community mobility for mixed abilities with any proceeds going towards Ride Your Trike NZ Kirikiriroa activities and promotion.
Published: 1/08/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Brannavan Gnanalingam - 27-07-2023( 0:16:12)       
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Hamilton Book Month is about to kick off, starting with the Fiction Panel on Tuesday August 1st. Panelist, writer, reviewer and lawyer Brannavan Gnanalingam joins Cate Prestidge to talk about his influences, the ideas and inspiration for his seven novels to date, and how he approaches his work.
Published: 27/07/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Lee Murray - 27-07-2023( 0:14:28)       
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Lee Murray is a multi-award winning novelist, with over 40 titles. She recently returned from Stoker.Con, an international festival for writers in the horror and speculative fiction genres, where she won her 5th Bram Stoker award. Lee joins Cate Prestidge ahead of her appearance on the Fiction Panel and workshop, taking place as part of Hamilton Book Month.
Published: 27/07/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Pukete Neighbourhood House - 21-07-2023( 0:11:32)       
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Scott Tiffany, general manager at Pukete Neighbourhood House, talks to Free FM's Kelly Pike about the services the house provide, the programmes they run, and hopes of expanding their centre and operations.
Published: 21/07/2023 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 19-07-2023( 0:15:18)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith speaks about CERF (Climate Emergency Response Fund) projects, which are up for approval in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, with Free FM's Gary Farrow.
Published: 19/07/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Mayor Paula Southgate - 18-07-2023( 0:15:40)       
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Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate covers the FIFA Women's World Cup, local government reform and the potentially effects on them of a change in central government, and the proposed partial reclassification of Ashurst Park.
Published: 18/07/2023 2:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Matthew Bannister – 06-07-2023( 0:22:4)       
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Matthew Bannister talks with Cate Prestidge about his new book on the subject of NZ duo, The Front Lawn.
Published: 7/07/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Jackie Clarke – 30-06-2023( 0:18:12)       
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Mike Williams catches up with versatile NZ superstar Jackie Clarke as she gets intot he final few gigs of her Jackie Goes Prima Diva tour!
Published: 30/06/2023 8:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Stones in His Pockets – 29-06-2023( 0:12:4)       
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Cate Prestidge talsk with Chris Green, guest director at Morrinsville Theatre, about the play Stones in His Pockets. It's an Irish tragi-comedy featuring two actors, playing 15 characters on stage and it opens for a six-performance season from July 7. Tickets are available from iTicket.co.nz.
Published: 29/06/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Launched 2023 – 29-06-2023( 0:7:14)       
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Cate Prestudge talks with AJ about the Disability Arts Festival Trust event 'Launched' which is back for 2023. Launched 2023 is at Southwell School's Performing Arts Centre, 200 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton. Entry for spectators is by koha/gold coin. There will be two Shows, again this year, one at 10.30am and the other at 6pm. Participants and spectators are very welcome to come to one or both events.
Published: 29/06/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Jamie Strange - 26-06-2023( 0:10:28)       
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Fieldays, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins' visit to China, and National's campaign launch are all on the agenda for Jamie Strange, Labour MP for Hamilton West, as he speaks with Mike Williams on the Free Breakfast.
Published: 26/06/2023 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Angela O'Leary - 20-06-2023( 0:14:7)       
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Kelli talks to deputy mayor Angela O'Leary about the Annual Plan, demolition of Founders Theatre, safety of elected members and infrastructure.
Published: 20/06/2023 11:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 20-06-2023( 0:8:57)       
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Kelli talks to Fatuma from Sharma, about the upcoming Ethnic Youth Volleyball Tournament and how to register.
Published: 20/06/2023 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Liz Stolwyk - 14-06-2023( 0:13:25)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk fills us in on the latest on the council table - including a "sinking lid" approach to gaming machines, and public spaces by-laws.
Published: 14/06/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Angela Roberts - 12-06-2023( 0:8:35)       
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Labour List MP for Taranaki and the King Country, Angela Roberts, discusses Labour's recent Budget announcement, Fieldays, and the looming General Election.
Published: 12/06/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Together for Sudan Event - 12-06-2023( 0:20:35)       
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Dr Ala Farah joins Mike Williams in the studio to discuss the current conflict in Sudan, and the public event Together for Sudan that will be taking place on Saturday 17 June, 10.30am, at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton.
Published: 12/06/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bots vs Beings - 09-06-2023( 0:20:1)       
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Professor Nick Agar joins Mike Williams in the studio to talk about 'Bots vs Beings: How Will AI Impact Your Life and Work?' - an open panel discussion on Tuesday 13 June 2023, 5:45pm Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
Published: 9/06/2023 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Advocacy for Palestine - 31-05-2023( 0:11:39)       
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Kelli talks to Palestinian activist Nasser Mashni about the way forward for Palestine, after 75 years of Nakba.
Published: 31/05/2023 4:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Jamie Strange – 29-05-2023( 0:11:31)       
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Now in the twilight days of his time in Parliament, Labour MP Jamie Strange, who has represented the Hamilton East electorate for the current term, reflects on the 2023 Labour Party Conference, the handful of policies that were announced, and his plans to maintain a local focus in the coming months leading up to the General Election.
Published: 29/05/2023 11:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Te Huia 24-05-2023( 0:8:54)       
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The Hamilton-Auckland train has now hauled 100,000 passengers since it began. Jennifer Nickel, chair of the Climate Action Committee at Waikato Regional Council, talks about it with Free FM's Gary Farrow.
Published: 24/05/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 24-05-2023( 0:11:45)       
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The Road to Zero - is it possible to have zero serious injuries of fatalities happening on our roads? Melissa Smith, chair of Bike Waikato, discusses it with Free FM's Gary Farrow in their fortnightly catch up.
Published: 24/05/2023 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Te Kura Young Musicians - 17-05-2023( 0:12:8)       
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Two songwriting students at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu have had their owns songs released under a school initiative. Te Kura Central North kaiako Trevor Faville talks about the programme to Gary on the Free Breakfast.
Published: 19/05/2023 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waipa District Council - 17-05-2023( 0:11:18)       
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Waipa deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk discusses new street names in Cambridge, additional surveillance cameras, and consideration on the potential future uses of Cambridge Library.
Published: 17/05/2023 11:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Angela Roberts - 15-05-2023( 0:11:16)       
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Labour list MP for Taranaki / King Country, Angela Roberts, discusses cyclone relief, fibre rollout and the upcoming election with Free FM's Mike Williams.
Published: 15/05/2023 1:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Keb Hart - 12-05-2023( 0:19:19)       
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Americana-tinged folk and blues musician Keb Hart from Cambridge joins Mike in the studio for an interview and a song. Keeping it local for NZ Music Month, Keb was this week's Featured EP on the Free Breakfast.
Published: 12/05/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – The Full Monty - 08-05-2023( 0:13:24)       
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Mike Williams talk to Dave Moore about plans to stage the play The Full Monty in Te Awamutu later this year, and the infirmation evening scheduled for Friday 12th at 7pm, at the Woolshed Theatre.
Published: 11/05/2023 4:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 10-05-2023( 0:14:24)       
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Gary talks with Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith about the cycling safety practice known as 'taking the lane'.
Published: 10/05/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Rainbow Hub Fundraiser - 10-05-2023( 0:11:11)       
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In the final days of the Rainbow Hub online campaign, Liv gives an update on how things are going and talk about their hopes of getting out into the regions with a vehicle to support the rainbow community.
Published: 10/05/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Young Frankenstein - 04-05-2023( 0:13:12)       
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Cate Prestidge speaks to Emilia Jennings, choreographer for Hamilton Musical Theatre's production of Young Frankenstein, which opens at Riverlea Theatre on Saturday May 13.
Published: 4/05/2023 11:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – We Will Run Fast - 02-05-2023( 0:14:56)       
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Kelli talks to Kyle Sattler from We Will Ride Fast ahead of their Hamilton gig this Friday at Last Place.
Published: 2/05/2023 4:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Rainbow Hub - 02-05-2023( 0:11:55)       
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Rainbow Hub Waikato is an identity-affirming charity dedicated to providing safe spaces, support and education. Team Free FM has taken advantage of their education services, and gives it a big two thumbs up! They’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to get the road to support a range of our Rainbow whaanau throughout the Waikato, and on this morning’s Free Breakfast Sese and Nate joined Kelli in the studio to talk about their work.
Published: 2/05/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Jamie Strange - 01-05-2023( 0:11:29)       
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Mike Williams speaks with Jamie Strange, Labour Electorate MP for Hamilton East, about his decision to stand down at this year's general election, winter energy payments, and inflation.
Published: 1/05/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Devamriti Swami - 26-04-2023( 0:11:15)       
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Hamilton monk Hriman gives a preview of world traveling spiritual teacher Devamriti Swami's visit to Hamilton's Mantra Lounge on 28 April.
Published: 26/04/2023 12:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 26-04-2023( 0:14:24)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith talks about Hamilton City Council's annual plan consultations.
Published: 26/04/2023 11:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Keeping Up with the Play Exhibition - 20-04-2023( 0:11:31)       
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Amber Hammill speaks to Cate about her exhibition, entitled Keeping Up with the Play: Radio portraits from a study of listening, which opens at the Nancy Caiger Gallery in Hamilton on 22 April.
Published: 20/04/2023 1:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Mayor Paula Southgate - 18-04-2023( 0:14:42)       
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Kelli talks to Hamilton mayor Paula Southgate about the three waters refresh, annual plan, rates and community facilities.
Published: 18/04/2023 5:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waikato Diversity Forum - 18-04-2023( 0:13:53)       
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Kelli talks to Sam McElwee from the Waikato Biodiversity Forum.
Published: 18/04/2023 5:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Angela Roberts List MP - 17-04-2023( 0:12:32)       
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Angela Roberts, Labour List MP for Taranaki and the King Country, speaks about three waters changes and primary industries.
Published: 17/04/2023 12:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 12-04-2023( 0:10:16)       
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Bike Waikato chair Melissa Smith considers the differences and similarities between transport infrastructure in Wellington and the Waikato.
Published: 12/04/2023 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Jannat Maqbool – 06-04-2023( 0:12:35)       
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Jannat Maqbool joins Cate Prestidge on breakfast to talk about the first ever Ramadan Community Iftar dinner being held this Saturday April 8. The dinner is an opportunity for non-Muslim members of the community to join the breaking of the fast and share conversations with the Muslim community.
Published: 6/04/2023 12:30:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 06-04-2023( 0:19:57)       
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Cate Prestidge talks with singer/songwriter Jennifer K Austin about her North Island tour this month. We also hear her new single, 'Cards'.
Published: 6/04/2023 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Jennifer K Austin and Zephyr Love - 04-04-2023( 0:13:25)       
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Kelli Speaks with Jennifer K Austin, ahead of her double release gig with Zephyr Love at Nivara Lounge, Saturday 8 April.
Published: 5/04/2023 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 29-03-2023( 0:13:27)       
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Te Awa River Ride opening celebration and winter cycling are on the agenda for Melissa Smith, chair and spokesperson for Bike Waikato, in her fortnightly appearance on the Free Breakfast.
Published: 29/03/2023 11:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Leah Bell - 29-03-2023( 0:15:26)       
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Waikato musician Leah Bell joins host Gary in the studio to share a couple of live acoustic songs and the inspiration behind her music. Leah doesn't have any recorded music yet, which makes it even more of a privilege to hear her music on Free FM. Gary initially heard Leah playing at Nivara Lounge's open mic night in Hamilton - a great, inclusive way for musicians to start stretching their wings, and for audiences to to hear them.
Published: 29/03/2023 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Ramadan Community Iftar Dinner - 29-03-2023( 0:11:31)       
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The Ramadan Community Iftar Dinner will take place on April 8 at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton, from 5:30pm - all are welcome. Jawaid Pardehi from the Waikato Arabic Society joins Gary in the studio to talk about it.
Published: 29/03/2023 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Half/Time Fundraiser - 28-03-2023( 0:14:22)       
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Kelli talks to Wairehu Grant from Maaori punk band Half/Time about their upcoming tour to the FOCUS festival (Wales).
Published: 28/03/2023 2:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Anthonie Tonnon - 21-03-2023( 0:15:51)       
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Anthonie Tonnon will be playing in Kirikiriroa at the Meteor Theatre on the 30th of March, in support of his album Leave Love Out of This. Kelli Pike spoke to him ahead of the performance.
Published: 22/03/2023 10:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Angela Roberts - 20-03-2023( 0:10:32)       
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Angela Roberts is the Labour list MP for Taranaki, the King Country, Otorohanga and Te Awamutu. She will now be appearing regularly on the Free Breakfast, speaking about the many hats she wears - staying in touch with local communities and representing them in Parliament, working on the education and workforce select committee, and being the deputy chair of the primary industries select committee, to name a few. Free FM's Mike Williams had an introductory chat with her.
Published: 20/03/2023 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Where Water Meets - 15-03-2023( 0:14:28)       
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Emily and Yyan are Where Water Meets, an existential chamber-folk band from Tasmania. Set to play a gig at Nivara Lounge on Saturday 18 March with Looking For Alaska, they join Gary on the Free Breakfast to share their work, including performances of a couple of pieces.
Published: 15/03/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waldorf Medieval Carnival - 15-03-2023( 0:9:28)       
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Jo Gordon, an organiser behind the Medieval Carnival at Waikato Waldorf School, joins Gary in the studio to talk about the large annual event, which is coming up on Sunday 26 March.
Published: 15/03/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 15-03-2023( 0:15:6)       
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Melissa Smith from Bike Waikato speaks about the approval for funding of low-cost low-risk cycling infrastructure by Hamilton City Council and Waka Kotahi in her fortnightly update.
Published: 15/03/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 10-03-2023( 0:14:50)       
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The much-loved play Calendar Girls opens at Riverlea Theatre on Saturday 18 March, staged by Hamilton Playbox -— cleebrating their 90th year this year. Mike Williams met with director Jane Barnett and actor Hicole Domett, who plays Annie.
Published: 13/03/2023 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Dr Felicity Goodyear-Smith – 03-03-2023( 0:15:14)       
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A new book from Dr Felicity Goodyear-Smith, called From Crime to Care: The History of Abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand, looks into our history on the subject from pre-colonial times, through the late 19th century, and into the rapidly changing and more liberal attitudes of the post-World War II decades. But the book's particular focus is the 1970s, covering setting up the first abortion clinic in 1974. Dr Goodyear-Smith spoke with Mike Williams about the book.
Published: 3/03/2023 1:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Melissa Smith from Bike Waikato - 01-03-2023( 0:58:11)       
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Melissa Smith, chair and spokesperson for Bike Waikato, joins us in the studio to introduce our new fortnightly feature about cycling advocacy in the Waikato.
Published: 1/03/2023 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Speed Dating - 21-02-2023( 0:10:22)       
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A speed dating event suitable for people with intellectual and learning impairments, and those who are neurodiverse, is taking place on 1 March. Organiser Wendy van den Berg joins Kelli in the studio to talk about it.
Published: 21/02/2023 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Rock Follies Forever 10-02-2023( 0:19:1)       
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Jackie Clarke and Jennifer Ward-Lealand alk to Mike Williams about Rock Follies Forever, one of th eheadline acts for this year's Arts Festival. The pair, plus Laura Daniel, fan-girl over the best 1970s British girl-group that never was. Rock Follies Forever is an ode to the fabulousness of the cult British TV series Rock Follies, a show chronicling the ups and downs of three fierce women climbing the ladder to success in the macho world of 1970s rock.
Published: 10/02/2023 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Elizabeth Easther – 09-02-2023( 0:16:3)       
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Cate Prestidge talks to Elizabeth Easther who wrote and performs 'A Rare Bird' – a solo show that explores the audacious exploits of ornithologist Perrine Moncrieff; an extraordinary woman who played a huge role in helping to conserve the flora and fauna of Aotearoa.
Published: 9/02/2023 12:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Cassandra Woodhouse - 08-02-2023( 0:11:17)       
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Hanna is an acclaimed one woman play by Sam Potter. Directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand, it will be taking place at the Hamilton Arts Festival on 1 March. The actress Cassandra Woodhouse gives us a preview of the play and an insight into its creation.
Published: 8/02/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waipa District Council - 08-02-2023( 0:12:13)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk gives an update on what's going on in the district - the Ahu Ake community spatial plan, recycling truck driver shortages, and visiting community organisations with Mayor Susan O'Regan.
Published: 8/02/2023 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 24-01-2023( 0:9:55)       
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Liam Carter, founder of Ride your trike NZ talks to Kelli Pike about cycling safety.
Published: 24/01/2023 4:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Jacinda Ardern - 09-12-2022( 0:7:23)       
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is visiting Hamilton on the final day of the Hamilton West by-election. She joined Mike Williams on the phone on the Free Breakfast to talk about the possible implications of the by-election after the fact.
Published: 9/12/2022 9:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Dragon Boat Regatta – 08-12-2022( 0:21:49)       
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Jan Gilby and Teresa Simonsen from the Waikato Treasure Chests Dragon Boat Team join Mike Williams to discuss their sport and talk about the huge regatta happening at Lake Karapiro in April next year.
Published: 8/12/2022 11:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bird Machine - 23-11-2022( 0:14:5)       
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Hamilton duo Bird Machine - Jenna and Luke - join us on the Free Breakfast ahead of their debut EP release at Last Place, Hamilton, and play two acoustic tracks in-studio.
Published: 23/11/2022 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – David Bennett - 21-11-2022( 0:8:51)       
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Created by Free FM, Hamilton, New Zealand
Published: 21/11/2022 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Dr Andrea Graves – 10-11-2022( 0:17:14)       
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Animal behaviourist Dr Andrea Graves is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable expert on chickens. She speaks with Cate Prestidge about her new book ‘What Your Chickens Want You To Know’ and discusses some of the ways you can create a happy environment for chickens in your own backyard.
Published: 10/11/2022 1:30:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Anya Gladstone-Gallagher - 08-11-2022( 0:17:18)       
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Writer, filmmaker and visual artist Anya Gladstone-Gallagher talks with Kelli Pike about an upcoming workshop - Imagining Better Futures Through Storytelling.
Published: 8/11/2022 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 04-11-2022( 0:16:14)       
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Prudence Walker, CEO of Disabled Persons Assembly NZ, talks with Mike Williams about the Mahi Tika – Equity in Employment Roadshow whihc is touring parts of the Waikato Next week (14-18 Nov).
Published: 7/11/2022 3:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Susan O'Regan - 02-11-2022( 0:10:49)       
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The new Waipā mayor Susan O'Regan looks at the challenges the district faces over the next three years.
Published: 2/11/2022 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 25-10-2022( 0:16:56)       
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Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate talks with Kelli Pike about the new City Council committee structure and leadership; safety concerns due to high profile ram raids; and challenges for the council ahead.
Published: 25/10/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 20-10-2022( 0:14:28)       
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When photographer David Cook moved into Hamilton East, he was drawn to the colourful, creative and chaotic lives of his neighbours. He talks to Cate Prestidge about his photographs which are on exhibit at the moment at Waikato Museum.
Published: 20/10/2022 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Owls Do Cry - 14-10-2022( 0:12:13)       
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The iconic theatre company, Red Leap are taking their successful theatre production, Owls Do Cry on tour. The show will be performed at Hamilton’s Meteor Theatre from 26-28 October. Director Malia Johnston joins us on the Free Breakfast.
Published: 14/10/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Honour Her - 05-10-2022( 0:7:16)       
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Jade P speaks about Honour Her, an empowerment programme in Otorohanga on Saturday 8 October.
Published: 5/10/2022 11:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 07-09-2022( 0:14:53)       
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Kelli Pike talks with political commentator Paul Barlow about voting in the 2022 Local Government elections.
Published: 7/09/2022 3:30:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – TALOS Production - 26-08-2022( 0:10:36)       
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Mike Williams talks to director Dave Moore about Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's a startlingly original production of Macbeth, staged to get them to the Welwyn Garden City Finals.
Published: 26/08/2022 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Melissa Guyon – 25-08-2022( 0:12:19)       
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Hamilton author and publisher Melissa Guyon joins Cate Prestidge to discuss her work for Hamilton Book Month.
Published: 25/08/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Aimee Anderson-O'Connor – 18-08-2022( 0:8:43)       
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Author Aimee Anderson-O'Connor joins Cate Prestidge to talk about her involvement in the 2022 Hamilton Book Month.
Published: 22/08/2022 8:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 12-08-2022( 0:16:10)       
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Mike Willliams talks to Bridgit Anderson – a documentary photographer involved in Take a moment with us, a multimedia exhibition showcasing the dreams, talents and often the loneliness of people with intellectual disabilities. The exhibition opens Saturday 13 August at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato in Hamilton and will be open for two months. Entry is free.
Published: 12/08/2022 1:45:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 09-08-2022( 0:15:1)       
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Kelli Pike was joined by Dr Kirsty Barbour of @Taurikura to talk about the work they're doing to support Maaori candidates, and encourage voting in this year's lody body elections.
Published: 9/08/2022 11:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Aksel Bech - 03-08-2022( 0:17:45)       
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The Raglan Wharf, Better Off Fund, and running for council and community boards are on the agenda with deputy mayor of the Waikato district, Aksel Bech, giving his fortnightly update.
Published: 3/08/2022 10:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Liz Stolwyk - 27-07-2022( 0:14:54)       
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Women in politics, community board review, and Three Waters are on the agenda with deputy mayor of the Waipā district, Liz Stolwyk, giving her fortnightly update.
Published: 27/07/2022 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Mental Health Minizine - 22-07-2022( 0:14:31)       
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Jade P tells host Cate Prestidge about her new Mental Health Minizine.
Published: 22/07/2022 12:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 22-07-2022( 0:19:19)       
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Mike Williams talks with Dr Vimal Kumara, Waikato University Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and organiser of the ninth cyber security challenge, taking place at at Waikato University over today and tomorrow.
Published: 22/07/2022 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Wai Taiko Japanese Drummers - 20-07-2022( 0:6:31)       
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Wai Taiko Japanese Drummers give a preview of their 21 August anniversary concert, to celebrate their 21st anniversary. Free FM hosted three musicians for a korero and live performance. Tickets to the gig are available via Eventbrite.
Published: 20/07/2022 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Bird Machine – 08-07-2022( 0:16:21)       
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Bird Machine (Jenna and Luke Grbin) join Mike Williams in the studio to talk about their music and their plans. Their single 'Our Kind' is being released on YouTube today at 6pm... they gave us a special unplugged performance.
Published: 8/07/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Wiri Donna - 07-07-2022( 0:14:29)       
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Cate Prestidge talks with Bianca Bailey – aka Wiri Donna – our recent Free FM Feature Album of the Week artist, ahead of her gig this Friday at Hamilton's Last Place bar.
Published: 7/07/2022 10:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Tia Barrett - 28-06-2022( 0:16:25)       
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Artist Tia Barrett joins Kelli Pike to talk about their upcoming exhibition Ōpukutahi, at Never Project Space, Frankton.
Published: 29/06/2022 11:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waipa Update - 15-06-2022( 0:13:56)       
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Dog by-laws, cemeteries and the local body election are on the agenda with deputy mayor of the Waipā district, Liz Stolwyk, giving her fortnightly update.
Published: 15/06/2022 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Waipa Update - 01-06-2022( 0:11:44)       
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The future of towns, indoor events and public consultation are on the agenda with deputy mayor of the Waipā district, Liz Stolwyk, giving her fortnightly update.
Published: 1/06/2022 10:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Sherpa and the Beekeeper – 27-05-2022( 0:12:8)       
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69 years ago, Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mt Everest. This weeek a play about the men premiered in Hamilton. Cate Prestidge speaks with producer Jay Baker about The Sherpa and the Beekeeper- Summit on Everest.
Published: 27/05/2022 3:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Paula Southgate - 24-05-2022( 0:14:42)       
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Hamilton mayor Paula Southgate discusses the Annual Plan, urban development and affordable housing with Free FM's Kelli Pike.
Published: 26/05/2022 12:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Aksel Bech - 25-05-2022( 0:13:45)       
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Daffodils, foodwaste collection in Raglan, and Covid are on the agenda with deputy mayor of the Waikato district, Aksel Bech, giving his fortnightly update.
Published: 25/05/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Bike Waikato - 25-05-2022( 0:13:3)       
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Kids biking to school is at the centre of discussion in our fortnightly update from Bike Waikato chair Richard Porter.
Published: 25/05/2022 10:15:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Black Heels and Tractor Wheels - 20-05-2022( 0:10:35)       
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Black Heels and Tractor Wheels is a new podcast airing on Free FM, created by Rural Women New Zealand. Claire Williamson, one of the show hosts, spoke to Free FM's Kelli Pike about it.
Published: 20/05/2022 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Budget - 20-05-2022( 0:15:23)       
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The 2022 Budget has been announced, and Hamilton West MP Dr Gaurav Sharma gives us a rundown of what it contains.
Published: 20/05/2022 9:45:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Rangatahi Voices – 13-05-2022( 0:12:30)       
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Rosalie Norton joins Mike Williams to talk about Rangatahi Voices, a 100% youth designed and led initiative (supported by the Waikato Regional Council), with a view to create a place for young people’s perspective to be heard by decision makers and governors of the region.
Published: 14/05/2022 2:15:00 p.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Hamilton Crime Information Group – 06-05-2022( 0:17:24)       
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Wendy Cooper and Heyden Alderson of the Hamilton Crime Information Facebook Group join Mike Williams to discuss their aims and how they operate.
Published: 6/05/2022 9:30:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast - Kirikiriroa Hamilton Zinefest – 05-05-2022( 0:17:40)       
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The Kirikiriroa Hamilton Zinefest is on this weekend and Wairehu Grant talks to Cate Prestidge about the event's history and his involvement.
Published: 5/05/2022 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Peter Posa Album and Kickstarter - 08-04-2022( 0:22:49)       
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Peter Posa passed away three years ago, and Donald McLeod has now started a kickstarter to fund PP's first new album and the songs he wanted to put out, since the last new album in 1970. You can get in touch with Donald about the kickstarter via ddmcldesign@gmail.com or 021 289 4748. You can also sample the Peter Posa album at pinenutrecords.bandcamp.com.
Published: 8/04/2022 9:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – 07-04-2022( 0:9:0)       
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Cate Prestidge talks to Waikato Museum curator Jon Primmer about the touring exhibition they have on site, called “Our Moon: Then, Now & Beyond”.
Published: 7/04/2022 1:45:00 p.m.
Free FM - The Free Breakfast - Liz Stolwyk - 06-04-22( 0:14:56)       
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Waipā deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk gives her regular update on what's going on in the district, including public consultation around the council's Annual Plan.
Published: 6/04/2022 11:00:00 a.m.
Free FM – The Free Breakfast – Aksel Bech - 30-03-2022( 0:15:15)       
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Waikato district deputy mayor Aksel Bech shares some insight about his tilt at the mayoralty.
Published: 30/03/2022 10:00:00 a.m.

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