Ep #186 Gaurav Sharma for Hamilton West (Labour party)

Kelli from the Tron is a Free FM radio show and podcast made especially for people living in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Each week I share local news, views, events and music. Podcast available on Spotify / iHeartRadio / Apple podcasts or accessmedia.nz

Last week

I spoke to Deborah Nudds, manager of The Meteor theatre about their Boosted campaign. Please donate if you can. (Or buy a brick like I did. I can’t wait to see it!). Listen to last week’s show (๐ŸŽง19-6-20 podcast)

Actually while we’re talking about the arts, on Tuesday’s Free Breakfast show I spoke to Dr Jeremy Mayall, CEO of Creative Waikato about the ‘Kotahitanga through Creativity’ project, Mesoverse and Ihirangaranga (vibrations). You can listen to that interview here (๐ŸŽง23-06-20 podcast) It had some good tips for how we can support the arts community too.

Pitopito korero

I lost my show notes a minute before going live-to-air so I made a fumbly mess of the news this week. Apologies. Here are the stories we’ve been following:

The Hon. Nanaia Mahutu has been presented with a petition for parliament to Protect Pukeiฤhua from development. You can still sign the Action station petition calling for protection of the whenua / archaeological sites. ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/protectpukeiahua

Hamilton City Council / Te Kaunihera o Kirikiriroa wants you to have your say on the voting system we use to elect our mayor and councillors. First Past the Post (FPP) or Single Transferable Voting (STV). The yourcityelections website is a great place to educate yourself on the pros and cons of both. I support the change to STV because I think we will have a better say in the make up of the elected council. The only benefit of FPP is that its easy. If you support a change, make sure you have your say in the poll, AND sign the Politics in the Tron petition. If you’re feeling particularly supportive – please consider making a written or verbal submission.

Sign the petition ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/vote-stv-for-hamilton

Waikato Tainui offers support to resolve Auckland’s water crisis. Te Ao Maori news

I also recommend you watch the Waikato Regional Council’s live video about Watercare and Waikato allocation for their thinking on the issue.

What you need to know about giving prisoners back the vote. Re: News

๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽธNew (ish) music

“First world problems” by Sit down in Front

Gisborne based punk rock band Sit down in Front have just released their new album “Confessions of a pie thief” and a video for recently released single “First world problems”. It was cool to see frontman Corey on Breakfast yesterday, talking about gigs/tours and winning the Supreme – Attitude Award. Music on all platforms.

Speaking of music – are you catching the Raglan Roast Live series? It’s got performances from the coolest bands… Lost Tribe Aotearoa, Cloak bay, Strangely Arousing, Otium and this week – Summer Thieves. Live from their facebook at 8.30pm Saturday.

๐ŸŽคInterview with Dr Gaurav Sharma, Labour party candidate for Hamilton West.

Go straight to the podcast ๐Ÿ‘‰ (๐ŸŽง26-06-20 podcast)

Dr Gaurav Sharma - Hamilton West Labour candidate in the Free FM studio

It’s no secret I’m a Green party voter, but this week I welcomed Labour party candidate for Hamilton West, Dr Gaurav Sharma into the studio. As far as I’m aware there won’t be a Green candidate for Hamilton West (Rimu Bhooi is the Hamilton East candidate) so I need to look at my options… I hope you find the interview useful. #partyvotegreen

It’s his second election campaign for the ward; he’s a GP in Nawton – lives in Frankton and is a super nice guy. His C.V. is fancy – from medicine to business but with a passion for good policy and politics – having worked with Phil Goff, and on Hillary Clinton’s campaign while studying in Washington. He sees politics as a way to make a bigger impact on wider issues. I hope to interview him a couple more times before the election – so let me know if you have any questions or comments.

For more info: gmsharma.info and https://www.facebook.com/gmsharmanz/

Latest podcast (๐ŸŽง26-06-20 podcast)

Next week

Looking for Alaska will be in the Free FM studio to celebrate the release of “Fall into you”! Heads up that they have a Single release show at Nivara Lounge that night – July 3rd – tickets selling fast so get yours now.

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