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WTS Waikato - The Train Inquiry - 12-08-2022( 0:26:25)       
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Parliament has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. Put simply, this is relevant to the argument for trains in the Waikato. We’ve already got Te Huia, linking Hamilton and Auckland. But are other towns' long-deserted train stations going to be welcoming your everyday traveler ever again? Paul Callister from Save Our Trains NZ speaks on WTS. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 12/08/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Deep Dive Division - 05-08-2022( 0:28:27)       
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The Deep Dive Division was established in 2018 by Tua and Courtney Karalus. Based in Hamilton, its mission is to go beneath the surface and let us realise what we can all do to help nurture the health of our precious Waikato River. Tua takes us a bit deeper in this episode of WTS. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 5/08/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Farming In The Mind - 29-07-2022( 0:28:27)       
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The Waikato Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust is part of a nationwide charitable organisation set up to work with farmers during times of increased mental or professional stress. The Hamilton rep for the Rural Support Trust, Neil Bateup, speaks to us on WTS. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 29/07/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - When The Cows Come Home - 22-07-2022( 0:36:9)       
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When director Costa Botes heard the story of Andrew Johnstone, the Cambridge herdsman who's been on WTS several times now, he was intrigued at his friendship with his cows. Costa set out to make a film about it, but it morphed into an intimate look into Andrew’s life – and what returning to the family farm after many years means to him. Andrew joins us back on WTS to discuss the film. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 22/07/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Sculpture Park & Arboretum - 15-07-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park is situated near Tauwhare Village, about 20 minutes out of Hamilton. Flora from around the world is accompanied by stunning art installations, providing a multisensory feast. It’s a hidden gem of the Waikato. The owners invited me out there to get a taste of the experience. You can visit the arboretum too with a prior booking via sculpturepark.co.nz. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 15/07/2022 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - The Saddest Noise - 01-07-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Sneaky Feelings are a pop rock band which formed in Dunedin in 1981 and have been with Flying Nun Records since then. Founding member Matthew Bannister, who now lives in Hamilton, has been involved with innumerable other projects - including his latest, an album of songs adorned with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. It's called The Saddest Noise. Matthew speaks to WTS and shares a few songs. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 1/07/2022 12:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Everest and the Hadron Collider - 24-06-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Matt Kambic’s play The Sherpa & the Beekeeper: Summit on Everest, premiered at the Meteor Theatre in Hamilton. And Matt has plenty of other creative endeavours too. WTS met up with him for a fascinating discussion, extending from the tallest mountain in the world, to the Hadron Collider, and beyond. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 24/06/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Bringing Back Cambridge Town Hall - 17-06-2022( 0:24:8)       
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The Cambridge Town Hall has served thousands of people in its life so far. But now, it needs help. It is no longer fit for purpose and it also requires major earthquake strengthening work. Kirsty Johnson chairs the Cambridge Town Hall Community Trust. WTS went and spoke with her inside the historic building. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 17/06/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - A Farmer and a Teacher Record an Album - 10-06-2022( 0:55:15)       
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Farmer Andrew Johnstone and music teacher Zed Brookes have been recording music in the Waikato since the days of analog – and now they’ve released an album in the digital age, by the same ethos of love for home baked music. Going by the name Brookes and Johnstone, WTS spoke to the act about their history together, and the album When Summer Falls, Break Down the Walls. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 10/06/2022 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Saving Farm Animals - 03-06-2022( 0:26:51)       
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Saving animals and educating the public – those are the missions of Franklin Farm Sanctuary, located in north Waikato. The poultry and dairy industries in Aotearoa kill millions of animals every year. Some people think this is a practical necessity. And that’s the view which Sally Hart set out to dispel when she launched the Franklin Farm Sanctuary. WTS paid her a visit to learn more. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 3/06/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - More Than a Bridge - 27-05-2022( 0:26:3)       
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What's being built over the Waikato River is more than a road bridge. WTS spoke with Andrew Parsons, executive director of strategic infrastructure at Hamilton City Council, to gain more insight. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 27/05/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Kids in Need - 20-05-2022( 0:28:27)       
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A few minutes out of Cambridge, in the countryside, is a huge shed containing toys, clothes, toiletries, books, shoes and PJs. Kids in Need Waikato loads all these into care packs to be given out to children who are in care with anyone other than their own parents - literally thousands of kids. WTS headed down to the shed to speak with co-founder Linda Roil. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 20/05/2022 12:45:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Bikes, Tweed and Bling - 13-05-2022( 0:28:27)       
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In Hamilton on May 14th a Rally for Safer Cycling is being held, and Sandra Jensen from Go Eco is involved with it. She’s also got a plethora of other interests, including the Kirikiriroa Society of Velocipede and Tweed Enthusiasts and Glo Ride, which both also pertain to cycling. WTS headed down to Frankton Village to grab a coffee with Sandra ahead of the cycling rally. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 13/05/2022 9:45:00 a.m.
WTS Waikato - Peat Fires - 06-05-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Peat fires are a regular occurrence in the Waikato - the unintentional burning of ancient plant material located underground. WTS producer Gary Farrow spoke to Fire and Emergency incident controller David Brown at the site of a large peat fire, and visited the University of Waikato to hear from Dave Campbell who specialises in the study of peat and their associated wetlands. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 6/05/2022 2:15:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 29-04-2022( 0:27:40)       
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MP for Taupō, Louise Upston, who is also a representative for the residents of Cambridge, has seen the social divisions caused by the pandemic first hand. WTS spoke with the MP, as well as one of her former frontline staff Louise Allen, for their personal stories of dealing with anti-vax constituents. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 29/04/2022 3:45:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - NZ Podcasting Summit - 22-04-2022( 0:28:27)       
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The NZ Podcasting Summit, taking place on 14 May at Auckland University of Technology, is supported by Free FM and is the inaugural summit providing a medium for Aotearoa’s podcast producers, focussing on collaboration, education, sharing and networking. A panel of over 15 experts will be speaking at the day-long event. WTS spoke with event organiser Dr Lewis Tennant from AUT. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 22/04/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Microvolunteering - 15-04-2022( 0:28:19)       
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Micro moments fuel macro change. That's a mantra of the Microvolunteering Collective, which started out at the University of Waikato. The brandchild of comms student Chantelle Cobby, the collective is dedicated to breaking down the barriers to traditional volunteering, and enabling anyone to make meaningful contributions to their community. Chantelle joins us on WTS. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 15/04/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Polar Explorer - 08-04-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Waikato University PhD student Clare Beet has been immersed in science from an early age, growing up in a family that started Whaingaroa Harbour Care. Clare has explored as far as Antarctica on her studies, and built knowledge in science that she is now putting to use here on the ground in the Waikato. She joins us for this episode of WTS. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 8/04/2022 12:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Oasis Anniversary - 01-04-2022( 0:25:23)       
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A fan of British band Oasis has popped up on Hamilton’s community Facebook pages. Kaz Sahota is an archivist on an impassioned mission to publish a small book about Oasis’ one and only New Zealand tour, which took place in March 1998. This involves reaching out to Aotearoa’s communities, including in the Waikato, in search of stories from people who were there at the historic concerts. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 1/04/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - The Future of Cinema - 25-03-2022( 0:28:27)       
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The Regent Theatre in Te Awamutu is one of a very small number of high-quality provincial cinemas in Aotearoa. It was established in 1932, and has been managed by movie enthusiast Allan Webb since 1974. Now, a trust has been set up to ensure the cinemas future after Allan retires. He’s still there at the box office, and invited WTS in, to treat us to a coffee and a yarn. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 25/03/2022 2:45:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - The Battle with the Predators - 18-03-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Introduced predators are an ever-present threat to Aotearoa’s native species. But normal citizens are waging a battle on such critters as rats, stoats and possums, and we are gaining ground. Producer Gary Farrow spoke with Karen Barlow of Go Eco and Predator Free Cambridge - an expert on the frontline. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 18/03/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Interlock - 11-03-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Interlock NZ is a supportive group in the Waipa-Waikato area, creating opportunities for connection through crafts, woodwork, cooking, and social activities. It goes by the mantra that it is where Life, Disability and Community connect. Aaron and Lois Ure are the founders of the organisation, and invited WTS over for a chat. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 11/03/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Peace Advocacy - 04-03-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Timi Barabas from Hamilton, originally from Hungary, works as a volunteer advocate for peace and the environment. She's involved with Rise For Lives, Climate Live, Peacewalk for Yemen, and Forest & Bird Youth to name a few. Timi joins us on WTS at this poignant time, as Russia wages war on Ukraine. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 4/03/2022 1:45:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Breaking Barriers of Chronic Illness - 25-02-2022( 0:25:24)       
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Books For Less NZ is an online second bookstore based in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, with new titles popping up weekly, and the wholesome goals of reading more accessible, affordable and sustainable. The story of business owner Anne-Marie Simpson is inspiring, as she has myalgic encephalomyelitis - more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. She privileged us by coming on WTS. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 25/02/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - The Cat and the Cyclone - 18-02-2022( 0:28:27)       
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The story of a humble domestic cat’s experience of Cyclone Dovi when it swept through the Waikato serves as a reminder of the powers that the forces of nature have over our furry friends. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 18/02/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Horse Riding - 11-02-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Horse riding has always been a rewarding hobby. Not only are the places you can go, the moves you can pull off, and the competitions you can enter great, but you can also form a lasting relationship with one of these majestic animals. In this episode Emma James, a horse lover from the Waikato, tells us all about her equine pursuits. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 11/02/2022 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Exploring Abandoned Places - 04-02-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Throughout the Waikato and the rest of New Zealand, lie buildings, sites, vehicles, and even whole villages, that are abandoned and in a state of decay. There’s a community of photographers around the country who are fascinated by these places, and seek to give an insight into history using their cameras. One such explorer from the Waikato, Hannah Grace is kind enough to share her story. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 4/02/2022 11:30:00 a.m.
WTS Waikato - Return of Te Huia - 28-01-2022( 0:28:24)       
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The new train between Hamilton and Auckland, called Te Huia, is back on the rails again, having been out of action for three months due to the pandemic. It's a fresh start. Producer Gary Farrow speaks to longtime advocate Susan Trodden and rail scene videojournalist Lindsay Benbrook for their genuine perspectives. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 28/01/2022 2:15:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Tramping and Healing - 21-01-2022( 0:45:47)       
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With international travel restricted, an increasing number of kiwis are choosing to get involved in tramping or hunting here at home. Rikihana Smallman has been documenting his adventures on Facebook. We got together to talk about what tramping and hunting means to him. WTS Waikato - Telling the stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 21/01/2022 10:30:00 a.m.
WTS Waikato - Vision Impaired in a Pandemic - 14-01-2022( 0:28:16)       
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Susan Mellsopp lives independently in Hamilton with a visual impairment. Her life is rich and full, but as is the case with many of us, the pandemic has put a bit of a brake things. But Susan faces even greater challenges under Covid as a person with a disability. Producer Gary Farrow visited her in the suburb of Chartwell to hear her story. Telling the stories of the Waikato region under the new normal,
Published: 14/01/2022 10:30:00 a.m.
WTS Waikato - 07-01-2022( 0:28:19)       
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Welcome to WTS Waikato - Season Two! We take a look at the heatwave which was swept through much of the Waikato, hearing from experts at NIWA and Raglan Surf Live Saving Club. Telling the stories of the Waikato region under the new normal.
Published: 7/01/2022 11:45:00 a.m.
WTS Waikato - 28-10-2021( 0:26:39)       
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The delicious kombucha / tī concoctions by Waikirikau Fermented Beverages, made of native plants and brewed in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, have gained a solid customer base. And the drinks are proving just as popular during this tougher, longer lockdown. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 28/10/2021 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Weather Nerd - 25-10-2021( 0:25:55)       
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Trent Salvatierra is a self-identified weather nerd living in Hamilton. He works as an electrician, but has also had a lifelong interest in tinkering with weather apparatus, by which he can gain all sorts of data. He spoke to WTS about his passion. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 25/10/2021 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - Tron Rocks - 21-10-2021( 0:28:4)       
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Have you or your children ever come across small painted rocks in random places around Hamilton? Then you’ve probably had the privilege of finding a Tron Rock. They’re a phenomenon involving thousands of painters and collectors in Hamilton alone – not to mention the rest of the world. Wayne Morris is a member of the Tron Rocks community, and he has a fascinating story of how one little rock changed his life, and how he’s now passing the joy on to others. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 21/10/2021 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 14-10-2021( 0:27:8)       
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Multiculturalism is one thing, but intercultural connections are another. Earth Diverse is based out of Kirikiriroa Hamilton, and reaches out to the rest of the country and the world to help enhance cultural diversity. Nona Morris is one of the co-founders of Earth Diverse, and she spoke to us in this episode of WTS, along with junior lecturers Michael Burton-Smith and Adam Nachowitz. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 14/10/2021 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 11-10-2021( 0:25:23)       
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Heritage seeds – could they be the secret to a sustainable micro-economy? Michael Heiler is a coordinator of both Te Puna Kai o Waikato and the heritage seed garden at the Fairfield Project, so he joins us on this episode of WTS to help fill us in. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 11/10/2021 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 07-10-2021( 0:27:49)       
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The matuku, or Australasian bittern, is Go Eco Waikato's favourite to win Forest & Bird's Bird of the Year, which recognises our unique birds and with each vote we give them a voice. The matuku is endangered, with much of its wetland habitat having been destroyed. One of the most important populations is in Whangamarino Wetland near Mercer. WTS spoke to two matuku experts. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 7/10/2021 4:00:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 27-09-2021( 0:28:22)       
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The Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is on the Firth of Thames, and provides facilities, resources and tour guides for people to discover animals such as the bar-tailed godwits. They migrate here from Alaska every spring, before heading back in the autumn. WTS producer Gary Farrow spoke to godwit expert, Adrian Riegen. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 27/09/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 16-09-2021( 0:26:31)       
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Us versus them – it’s what it feels like sometimes when you look at the plight of cycling advocacy in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. For this episode of WTS Lockdown Edition, Bike Auckland’s Mary-Margaret Slack shares some tales of pushing and winning which could be very relevant to our situation in the Waikato. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 16/09/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 13-09-2021( 0:26:51)       
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From a hay bail-lined dance hall in Arkansas, to the redoubt bar in Te Awamutu – country music performer JamesRay has come a long way. But how did he end up in the Waikato of all places? Wearing a mask and practising social distancing, he shared his story with WTS Lockdown Edition. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 13/09/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 09-09-2021( 0:24:54)       
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Birthright Waikato, which operates as Single Parent Services, has been in the Hamilton area since 1958 and is one of the oldest community social service agencies in the region. For WTS Lockdown Edition, manager Kathleen Miller and youth counsellor Toia Chase shared the story of Birthright, and how its team have navigated lockdown. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 9/09/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 06-09-2021( 0:28:22)       
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ADHD is challenging – even moreso in Covid-19 lockdown. Dory Connor from Acing ADHD is doing ADHD coaching with people throughout the country, including in the Waikato. She herself has lived experience of having attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder. Dory joins us on WTS Lockdown Edition to give us all some hints and tips on how we can hold things together when we get cabin fever at home. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 6/09/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 02-09-2021( 0:25:33)       
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It's Covid fighting time! At the forefront of the response is Te Kohao Health, based at Kirikiriroa Marae, on Hamilton’s Wairere Drive. It’s been operating for well over two decades, and is more relevant to the wider community than ever during the current pandemic. Lady Tureiti Moxon, the chief executive of Te Kohao Health, joined WTS Lockdown Edition on Zoom to chat about the organisation. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/09/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 30-08-2021( 0:28:23)       
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Andrew Johnstone and his pet cows return for another great yarn on WTS, this time over Zoom in WTS Lockdown Edition. We hear what lockdown is like on the farm, talk about a film that's being made about Andrew and his cows Maggie and Tilly, and his idea of possibly buying more pet bovines to live out their natural lives eating Arnott's biscuits. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 30/08/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 26-08-2021( 0:24:15)       
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It's WTS Lockdown Edition! In this episode we’re looking at Nivara Lounge. It’s a treasured and essential live music venue in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, and after battling through the first major lockdown in 2020, owner and manager Ivan Muir is having to gear up all over again in 2021. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 26/08/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 05-07-2021( 0:27:56)       
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The Hamilton Cat Club and the New Zealand Cat Fancy set up at Hamilton Gardens Pavillion to host the biggest cat show anywhere in the country. On a crisp 2-degree morning, WTS producer Gary Farrow went along. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 5/07/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 01-07-2021( 0:25:40)       
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An independent author who lives in Kirikiriroa Hamilton has achieved the milestone of becoming a full time author. Johanna Rae writes urban fantasy novels, and also organises an annual event called Ages of Pages, for authors and readers to network at Hamilton Gardens. The second event will be happening in April 2022. Johanna shared her stories (in more ways than one) with WTS. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 1/07/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 28-06-2021( 0:27:40)       
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The Baha’i Faith started in Iran a relatively new religion teaching the essential worth of all religions and the unity of all people. What the faith refers to as the Waikato cluster has well over 100 members. Two people involved with the faith locally spoke to WTS - Soheyla Bolouri and Gayl de Boer. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 28/06/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 21-06-2021( 0:27:58)       
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Hamilton Astronomical Society was formed in 1933, and is one of the oldest of Aotearoa’s 25 amateur astronomy groups. I made my way up to the observatory to gaze at the stars myself, and it turns out astronomy is a really accessible hobby. People were gathered in a group in the dark outside the building, having a look at the stars with the naked eye, and some portable telescopes. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 21/06/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 17-06-2021( 0:28:21)       
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The Mangaonua Esplanade curves around the stream as it runs through Silverdale in Kirikiriroa Hamilton – deceptively close to the busy State Highway 26. Hauauru Masters Brown from Go Eco tells us about its restoration and his wider story of helping rangatahi. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 17/06/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 10-06-2021( 0:28:22)       
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Beekeeping is a $5b industry in Aotearoa New Zealand. And it isn’t just relevant to industry – you and I can also keep bees at home. Dara Dimitrov is a member of the Waikato Domestic Beekeepers Association, leads a beekeeping night class at Kirikiriroa Hamilton’s Fraser High School, and has a chat with WTS producer Gary Farrow about it. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 10/06/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 31-05-2021( 0:27:7)       
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Surrogate parenthoods in Aotearoa New Zealand are an altruistic arrangement. Sometimes they occur via in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), or traditional surrogacy in which the surrogate mother’s egg is used. The latter was the case with a same-sex male couple in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, who generously agreed to share to their story of having their daughter via surrogacy. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 31/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 27-05-2021( 0:28:23)       
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Photographic artist Mark Hamilton, who also happens to hail from Kirikiriroa Hamilton, first picked up a camera in his late 20s, before studying the craft at Wintec. With two decades experience, he is now producing a vast range of powerful, atmospheric work – including but not limited to scenes of Kirikiriroa, theatre production photography, portraiture, and interpretive photography based on characters from Bob Dylan songs. His studio is in the Garden House Building, and WTS producer Gary Farrow made his way up there to get an insight into Mark's photos. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 27/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 24-05-2021( 0:28:22)       
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Shadan Conradie is a confidence coach, based in Matamata as she runs her business Inna Moment. As the name suggests, it’s about inner confidence – something which may be even harder to gain and retain than confidence in social situations. WTS producer Gary Farrow drove out to Matamata to gave a chat with her. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 24/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 20-05-2021( 0:26:48)       
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Conscious consumption is an important idea that we need to be more mindful about in this day and age. And here in the Waikato, Nicola Turner from Mainstream Green is going to particular lengths to spread strategies on how we can live sustainably. WTS producer Gary Farrow visited her in Cambridge. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 20/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 17-05-2021( 0:28:22)       
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Model trains can be a time consuming and expensive hobby, while at the same time having the potential to be very enriching and immersive. WTS producer Gary Farrow popped down to Günther’s house in St Andrews, Kirikiriroa Hamilton, to be shown around the model train layouts at his home. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 17/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 13-05-2021( 0:28:24)       
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Pukeiāhua is a piece of land near Ngaruawahia which is sacred to local hapū, Ngāti Tamainupō and mana whenua. It contains rua, foodpits, that are of great cultural and historical significance. But it’s all threatened by a proposed subdivision, so a group going by the name Protect Pukeiāhua is occupying the site. They have also just launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign to work towards buying the land. Kimai Huirama welcomed me to Pukeiāhua to hear the story of the whenua. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 13/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 10-05-2021( 0:25:37)       
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The Hamilton Theosophical Society’s mission, it says, is to serve humanity by cultivating a deep understanding and realisation of the commonality between the various religious and spiritual belief systems, and henceforth find the Ageless Wisdom, spiritual self-transformation and the Unity of Life. Does that sound challenging? You’re not alone. Lia Kortas-Snellen, a member of the Hamilton Lodge of the Theosophical Society, met up with WTS producer Gary Farrow to explain how and why she got involved in this area of study. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 10/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 06-05-2021( 0:26:20)       
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Waikato TimeBank is a reciprocal community where members share skills, knowledge, talents and time with each other. It provides a welcome alternative to the financial system. That might sound like a challenging concept to some – transactions in a community that don’t involve money. WTS producer Gary Farrow spoke to a couple of TimeBank users and advocates - Tania Ashman and Camilla Carty-Melis - to learn about the not-for-profit community cooperative. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 6/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 03-05-2021( 0:20:58)       
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Sunday the 2nd of May was Aotearoa’s National Alpaca Day, and the Cornerstone Alpaca Stud near Gordonton was open to the wider public in celebration. WTF producer Gary Farrow went along to grab some comment from camelids. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/05/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 29-04-2021( 0:25:25)       
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Grrrl Fest places a spotlight on female and gender non-binary artists and talent in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. WTS producer Gary Farrow spoke with one of the organisers, Kat Waswo. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 29/04/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 26-04-2021( 0:27:50)       
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The Monthly Dutch Market is held in Cambridge on the last Saturday of every month. You can find a selection of Dutch goods and foods to buy, games to play, and an opportunity to connect with Dutch people. WTS producer Gary Farrow went along to hear why the Dutch Market exists, and the story of the immigrants from the Netherlands who are in the Waikato. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 26/04/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 22-04-2021( 0:27:24)       
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Lizards and other reptiles are fascinating creatures that have been on the Earth longer than humankind. There are some people who believe in reptilians, lizard people, humanoid reptiles that are living underground. Until the truth comes to light, WTS producer Gary Farrow settled for interviewing Reon Senior-Arnold, who lives in Kirikiriroa Hamilton and breeds leopard geckos - whose lizards probably turned out more interesting than reptoids. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 22/04/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 19-04-2021( 0:25:12)       
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Love Your Bike Day returned to Kirikiriroa Hamilton's Claudelands Park. Hundreds of cyclists and their families turned out to take part in the fun event, and WTS producer Gary Farrow rode along too. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 19/04/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTS Waikato - 15-04-2021( 0:27:49)       
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Airsoft is a competitive team sport that is very similar to paintball. It provides players with a form of exercise, a way to develop skills in teamwork, camaraderie, and allows them to make new friends. Airsoft Waikato Incorporated members Mark 'Tinman' Willoughby and Simon 'Jackal' Mills approached WTS to inform people about the sport. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 15/04/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTF Waikato - 12-04-2021( 0:28:22)       
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Glamilton Burlesque Academy's Midnight Mistress, Flirtini and Little Miss Innocent allowed WTF producer Gary Farrow to attend a burlesque class, and dispelled the back chat which goes on about the sensual, seductive art form. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 12/04/2021 4:30:00 p.m.
WTF Waikato - 05-04-2021( 0:20:43)       
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Lawn mower racing is a hobby motorsport that is growing in popularity throughout the North Island, and it’s certainly built up a good following in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. WTF producer Gary Farrow attended the racing at the Cambridge track on Easter weekend. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 5/04/2021 4:30:00 p.m.

Welcome to WTS Waikato. Telling the hyperlocal, controversial and quirky stories of the region under the new normal.


Host: Gary Farrow
Produced By: Free FM
Language: English
Category: Arts and Culture
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