Living Well – Time to Kōrero

In this podcast series, local people share their ideas about practical, everyday things you can do to support your wellbeing and build connections with others.

Produced for Otago Mental Health Support Trust and Weave Together, with funding support from The Lion Foundation.

Dr Ian Chapman is a speaker, author and performer, a dad to three wonderful children, and currently Head of the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree programme at the University of Otago. Ian also hosts ‘The Sparkly Show’ as alter-ego Dr Glam on OAR FM.

Adrienne Buckingham is a Dunedin-based mother, educator and blogger with a particular interest in positive psychology and wellbeing.

Kaikatea Knight is a mother and Operations Manager at Te Hou Ora Whānau Services, a community-based whānau driven Kaupapa Māori service provider.

Annette Harrex runs a farm south of Dunedin and has been working doing research, books and payroll for non profits for several years.

Andrea Murrell is an Invercargill-based businesswoman and Trustee with the MAR Colombia Charity Trust, which is for Colombian immigrants in Southland.

Tess Trotter is Communications Advisor with Inspiring Communities, a virtual organisation consisting of people from all over the country who have skills, expertise and experience in Community Led Development approaches.

Ranisha Chand is a student of Politics and Pacific Island Studies at the University of Otago. She is also a Youth Advocate for not-for-profit community organisation Shakti, which provides free and confidential support for women, youth and children from Asian, Middle Eastern and African backgrounds going through family violence.

Invercargill-based Himani Mishra Galbraith is board director/chairwoman of the Southland Hindi School Charitable Trust, a social group for mothers and women from refugee and migrant backgrounds providing an opportunity to meet others, make connections and offer support.

Pip Laufiso is a connector, director and facilitator. She is Senior Advisor ECE / Education Adviser Priority Learners with the Ministry of Education, and a former Otago Community Trust board trustee.

Bridget Forsyth is an Invercargill-based health promoter with the Cancer Society. Bridget also works with Chroma, a local charity supporting LGBTQIA+ whānau and establishing links with the wider community.

Series 2 – Living Well: Things to do in Otago

Produced in 2020 for Otago Mental Health Support Trust and Weave Together, with funding support from Southern District Health Board.

Donna Watt is a Central Otago-based Community Educator with Alzheimer’s Otago.

Helen Jansen lives in Oamaru where she is heavily involved in the world of Steampunk, provides support for families facing mental health challenges, and is involved in the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust.

Ruth Carraway lives in Milton where she works on the Mayor’s taskforce for jobs, supporting people back into work post-Covid.

Sam Rodney-Hudson is Wanaka-based Director of Programmes and Partnerships with Melon Health.

Series 1 – Living Well: Things to do in Ōtepoti Dunedin

Jordana Whyte is manager of Wildlife Hospital Dunedin

Julie Woods is an inspirational speaker, writer and coach.

Dee O’Malley is an artist working in Ōtepoti Dunedin.

Desiree Williams is Tumuaki Whakaruruhau, Otago Polytechnic.

Kay Mercer is Events Coordinator at Dunedin Public Libraries.

Denise Quinlan is director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience.

Joy Davis is regional coordinator for Otago Neighbourhood Support

Hiliako Iaheto is an educator and musician.

Aidan Dickson is a youth worker for Te Hau Ora Whanua Services and a father of two.

Tahu Mackenzie is a musician and educator at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Revolution Radio

Tuesdays @ 10am

Widespread environmental destruction, catastrophic climate change, imperialist wars, intergenerational poverty, ongoing colonization and neoliberal exploitation, systemic racism, sexism, and queerphobia, housing crisis, living cost crisis, mental health crisis. There are a host of interconnected social justice issues that we as individuals and society are facing at this moment of time.
While these issues may seem overwhelming, we do have agency!

On Revolution Radio your host, Duke McLeod, talks with a variety of guests about current news and issues forwarding radical ideas and sustainable solutions.
Tune in and be prepared for an overdose of passion and aroha.
Let’s talk politics and change the world!
Brought to you with the support of a DCC Waste Minimisation Grant.

Fighting Stigma

Thurdays @ 2:30pm

From Free FM in Hamilton

Fighting Stigma is all about embracing who we are and facing the challenges in life with grace, humour and knowledge.

We talk about the stigma and discrimination faced by people who have personal experiences of mental health and/or disabilities, as well as self-stigma, and ways to face this as best we can.

Hosts Vanessa and Tim share their own experiences of mental health and disability and offer suggestions on skill and strategies that they have found made a difference for them. One of the greatest barriers to recovery is discrimination and the show aims to change people’s attitudes and behaviour.

Information shared is researched weekly to give listeners a better view of the broad spectrum of mental health and disability. A wide range of topics are covered, from different diagnoses, to what is being said in the news about mental health. Fighting Stigma provides practical tips and skills that can impact positively on our mental health and general wellbeing, including guest speakers who share their knowledge and give depth to topics that affect us all.

We invite you to take the time to listen to the show and think about your own mental health and well being.


MS Momentum

Every second Tuesday @ 12:30pm

The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society is a not-for-profit organisation, devoted to supporting people with MS, along with their families and carers.

Join MS Otago Field Officer, Valerie Wilson – for discussion on the challenges that people with MS face and the support available in our community.

Proudly supported by MS Otago.

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Bringing Wellbeing to Life – Collective Resilience

Thursdays @ 1:30pm Fortnightly

Denise Quinlan blends wellbeing research with inspiring stories and practical ideas to build collective resilience.  Learn how your team can sustain and support each other through challenge and uncertainty.

Join Dr Denise Quinlan to learn more about the change-makers making the world around them more resilient, for their friends, colleagues or fellow citizens.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Radio Show

Every Second Tuesday @ 9pm

From Plains FM in Christchurch airing two episodes on OAR FM Dunedin every second Tuesday.

Alcoholics Anonymous Radio Show is a 25 minute broadcast, brought to you by members of Alcoholics Anonymous based in the Christchurch area. The purpose of this show is to increase public awareness of Alcoholics Anonymous as an effective means of recovery from the disease of alcoholism. The format is simple – we talk briefly about what alcoholism is; then we interview one or two guest.

Dr Carl Bamlet – The Modern Caveman

Third Wednesday of the Month @ 12pm

Dr Carl Bamlet is from the ‘Alpha Omega Clinic‘ and is a Chiropractor , Certified Nutrition Specialist with an extraordinary amount of knowledge about how bodies function and what to do to help them function better as well as how important a healthy body is to a better business.

On this monthly hour long show Carl and Cuz talk about a wide range of health choices, business challenges and issues as well as highlighting health oriented  Canterbury businesses.