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WTS Waikato

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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: 10/21/2021 4:00:00 PM
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: 10/14/2021 4:00:00 PM
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: 10/11/2021 4:00:00 PM
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: 10/7/2021 4:00:00 PM
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: 9/27/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 9/16/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 9/13/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 9/9/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 9/6/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 9/2/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 8/30/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 8/26/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 7/5/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 7/1/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 6/28/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 6/21/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 6/17/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 6/10/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/31/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/27/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/24/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/20/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/17/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/13/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/10/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/6/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 5/3/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 4/29/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 4/26/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 4/22/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 4/19/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 4/15/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 4/12/2021 4:30:00 PM
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: 4/5/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 29-03-2021( 0:22:1)       
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Piper Blaster and her drag mother Gloriosole are two drag queens hailing from the Waikato. They performed as part of the Cambridge Autumn Festival, and because Gary was out of town, WTF assistant producer Wendy Farrow jumped at the opportunity to meet the queens and join the audience at the show. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/29/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 25-03-2021( 0:27:33)       
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Frankton Thunder has now grown into a whole mix of subcultures. WTF producer Gary Farrow spoke with event organiser Ken McGeady to trace how it became such a beast. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/25/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 22-03-2021( 0:26:28)       
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Waikato Cavy Club hosted a Guinea Pig Show at Eureka Hall, and WTF producer Gary Farrow went along to meet the club president and a loving owner. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/22/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 18-03-2021( 0:28:22)       
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Tauwhare Military Museum is one of the largest private collections of military vehicles and memorabilia in Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s all tucked away in some large sheds near Cambridge, but the historic items frequently make it out to public events. WTF producer Gary Farrow visited the museum to check out the emotional story behind the impressive collection. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/18/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 15-03-2021( 0:27:27)       
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Live Action Role Playing, or LARPing for short, is an unashamedly nerdy hobby practised throughout the world. There is a LARPing community in the Waikato, and one member, James Win, kindly agreed to give us an insight on what LARPers do, and why they do it. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/15/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 11-03-2021( 0:25:26)       
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The Wai Taiko Drummers are based at the University of Waikato in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. WTF producer Gary Farrow went along to their rehearsal to hear what they're all about. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/11/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 08-03-2021( 0:27:23)       
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The Hamilton Slot Car Club meets every second Friday. WTF producer Gary Farrow went along, and ended up getting right into the social sport. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/8/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 01-03-2021( 0:25:20)       
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Sex educator Louise Bourchier returns to WTF Waikato - this time to speak about female pleasure and the mysterious clitoris. Last year, she featured on WTF Waikato to talk about sex, and how it needs to be discussed more as an integral part of the human experience. You can listen back to that episode from December 2020 wherever you get your podcasts. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 3/1/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 25-02-2021( 0:27:26)       
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Off the coast of Whāingaroa Raglan swim the elusive Maui dolphins. They’re the rarest species of dolphin in the entire world – and we alone have the chance to save them from extinction. WTF producer Gary Farrow visited Jasmine Hunter at the Whāingaroa Environment Centre to hear the dolphins’ story. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/25/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 22-02-2021( 0:28:20)       
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The Waikato Aquarium Society is made up of people who have a passion for keeping various species of fish, aquatic plants, and other animals. Twice a year they have a Tank Crawl, where the club gets together and carpools around each other’s houses to check out their range of aquatic setups. WTF producer Gary Farrow stowed away with them. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/22/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 18-02-2021( 0:23:1)       
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The Laughter Club gathers every Tuesday morning at the Western Community Centre in the suburb of Nawton, in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Instructor Sanjay Joshi leads a session of laughter yoga, which makes use of voluntary laughter for its psychological and physiological benefits. WTF producer Gary Farrow went along to check it out – and to take part as well. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/18/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 15-02-2021( 0:28:22)       
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Clans, kilts, pipe bands and steampunks were all a part of the Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo on Saturday the 13th of February. WTF producer Gary Farrow went along to catch some of the sights, sounds and stories of Scottish culture and history. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/15/2021 4:30:00 AM
WTF Waikato - 11-02-2021( 0:25:14)       
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If you noticed any roaring engines or sonic booms in the sky above the Waikato recently, it probably came from a rocket, built by hobbyists. The New Zealand Rocketry Association’s launch site is to the east of Huntly. WTF producer Gary Farrow went along on National Launch Day to check it out. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/11/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 08-02-2021( 0:28:25)       
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The Glen Afton Line is a piece of preserved railway out in the hills among the coal mines to the west of Huntly. The Bush Tramway Club are the passionate bunch of volunteers who keep the railway working, giving rides to the public and educating them about the area’s history. It’s more than just a case of big boy’s toys, though. WTF producer Gary Farrow went along for a chat with Teresa, Colin and Ian, who all work on the old railway. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/8/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 04-02-2021( 0:28:22)       
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February is Bike Month in Kirikiriroa Hamilton – so for this episode of WTF Waikato, producer Gary Farrow spoke to cycling advocates, Richard Porter of Bike Waikato, and Sasha Coburn of Coffee Culture. And it turns out, cycling is a lot more normal than many would think – it’s the system that puts up barriers. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 2/4/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 25-01-2021( 0:26:43)       
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Pekapeka, or long-tailed bats, are native to Aotearoa, and an essential part of the Waikato region’s ecosystems. On the 23rd of January, WTF producer Gary Farrow attended the educational Bat Fun Day at Hamilton Gardens, and met Harvey, a strong advocate for the bats who he instantly thought would be great to talk to for WTF. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 1/25/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 21-01-2021( 0:24:35)       
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There is a Book Fairy in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. She discretely hides books around the city, for people to find and read, before leaving it somewhere public for the next person. The fairy’s identity is largely unknown – but WTF producer Gary Farrow had a special chat with her, down at a Book Fairy picnic in Garden Place, and also spoke to prominent supporter and philanthropist Nancy Caiger. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 1/21/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 18-01-2021( 0:25:9)       
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A range of delicious concoctions are being brewed in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Made up of native plants, harvested with the help of a team of trained Rongoā practioners, Waikirikau Fermented Tī is now available to the community through a humble pop-up taproom in Frankton. Amy Tihema-Madden is the creative mind behind Waikirikau. WTF producer Gary Farrow went down to the pop-up taproom, at 206 Commerce St in Frankton Village, to hear her story and, of course, try some of the drinks. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 1/18/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 14-01-2021( 0:20:29)       
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Creative Waikato has big plans and hopes for the wider arts scene. WTF producer Gary Farrow hears from chief executive Jeremy Mayall about what the not-for-profit is doing in 2021. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 1/14/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 07-01-2021( 0:28:23)       
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Jade Petaera-Nikora, residing in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, is starting a new personal blog and service called Azure Healing NZ. WTF producer Gary Farrow hangs out with Jade to learn more about her theta healing methods – and to experience some of them himself. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 1/7/2021 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 24-12-2020( 0:24:57)       
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DEKA was an iconic Kiwi brand – some would even say, it still is. It ceased operation in 2001, but still standing in Huntly is the last remaining DEKA Sign, and for this episode, WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow went to Huntly to speak with two men who have allowed the sacred DEKA Sign to live on. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 12/24/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 21-12-2020( 0:28:15)       
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How can a cow live its life to the fullest? A beef farm worker at Hautapu introduces us to his unique relationship with his bovine herds. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 12/21/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 17-12-2020( 0:18:36)       
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The blue-wattled, silver-sheened North Island kōkako lives on the slopes of Mt Pirongia, after being reintroduced five years ago by Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society. Volunteer Brian Bowell takes WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow on a trip to try glimpse the elusive bird. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 12/17/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 14-12-2020( 0:28:22)       
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Sex is a contentious topic – but does it really have to be? In the Waikato and the rest of the world, it’s an ongoing conversation. While sex is an integral part of the human experience, a lot of aspects of it are still taboo – even some relatively basic ones that are relevant to a lot of people, let alone sexual aspects that are more niche. WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow speaks to Louise Bourchier, a sex educator from Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 12/14/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 10-12-2020( 0:27:51)       
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Whāingaroa Raglan is internationally regarded for its surf breaks, its sustainable culture, and its modest size – but there’s more to the town than that. Much more. WTF Waikato heard from Mike Rarere, general manager of the Raglan Community House, to have a look at the town and hear about Whāingaroa’s looming challenges. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 12/10/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 03-12-2020( 0:24:49)       
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Upcycling is coming back into fashion in the Waikato – and that’s definitely the case at Go Eco in Kirikiriroa Hamilton’s Frankton. People have been gathering fortnightly this year to attend classes on how to make new, practical items from excess materials. Spoons and other utensils, bags, wreaths, plates and bowls are all in the repertoire. WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow, and popped into the class down in the bustling Frankton Village. He had a chat with the 74-year-old who was directing the class that day. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 12/3/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 30-11-2020( 0:27:56)       
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The ancient peat lakes of the Waikato are being threatened by farming activity. But some noble farmers, like Andrew Hayes, are teaming up with ecologists and the NZ Landcare Trust to give the lakes a chance at survival. WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow spoke to a power trio who are making great gains for the lakes. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 11/30/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 26-11-2020( 0:26:52)       
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Flourish is a leadership development programme for ethnic women in the Waikato. It is not easy for migrants or refugees to find their voice in any country, and Aotearoa New Zealand is no different. Flourish is run by the Waikato Settlement Centre specifically to empower and enable ethnic women to do anything they want to do. WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow attended Flourish’s graduation this November, and also had a chat with the class representatives, two participants in the programme themselves. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 11/26/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 23-11-2020( 0:27:53)       
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The Waikato Outdoor Society is a naturist club which has just paid off the mortgage on its land in Matangi after several decades. WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow made it along for the celebrations and to learn more about the clothes-free lifestyle. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 11/23/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 19-11-2020( 0:28:7)       
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BOON Street Art has become an institution in Hamilton City. Numerous talented artists’ massive murals now emblazon walls throughout the CBD. Walls that were previously drab and dull, or outright unsightly, are now monoliths of culture in Kirikiriroa. And now they’re spreading to the Waikato University campus. WTF Waikato producer Gary Farrow walked into the uni to talk to some of the BOON team while they were on the job. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 11/19/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 16-11-2020( 0:22:23)       
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Hamilton Car Club has been around for more than a century, and currently has over 200 members. It’s very important to the community built around it. Producer Gary Farrow heads down to the Hamilton Car Club to find out what has made it tick for so long. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato.
Published: 11/16/2020 4:30:00 PM
WTF Waikato - 12-11-2020( 0:24:46)       
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Saviour in a Cessna. The Mission Aviation Fellowship is an integral part of the infrastructure in 30 different countries, using small aircraft like the humble Cessna. The Mission visited Hamilton Airport to explain its operation and search for new recruits to the cause. Producer Gary Farrow went along to speak with them. Come be enlightened to the quirkier social phenomena of the Waikato, on WTF Waikato.
Published: 11/12/2020 4:30:00 PM