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Kia ora e te Whānau,

Well we’re pretty excited to be launching our first ever podcast today called Audio Potluck.

A big part of our kaupapa at Gizzy Local is supporting the Arts and the creative endeavours of our community. This is because we know so well how good creative energy is for us, whether it’s watching a piece of theatre or looking at a painting that ‘speaks to you’, dancing to some live music, or drawing or writing or singing your own heart out. It can be therapeutic, cathartic, can connect us to ourselves, ideas, and to others.

We’ve been pondering how we might better support our local music scene for a while now and recently I started talking with local musicians about a podcast dedicated to the music of te Tairāwhiti. It seemed there was indeed an appetite for a space in which to bring to light what is surely an incredibly diverse and colourful catalogue of music that has whakapapa to this place. 

The concept for Audio Potluck has its own whakapapa to ‘Sound Crush’, a segment in which a different panel each week discussed their favourite songs of the moment on Radio NZ’s Music101, which aired throughout 2019 and 2020, and which I always appreciated as a source of new music inspiration. (You can find some of the episodes here).  

And so each week, one of our panelists will present a song with Gizzy whakapapa to the Audio Potluck table for the panel to sample and mull over, serving as a starting point for yarns about all things music here in the Tāirawhiti. We have recorded our first four episodes and I’m excited as!  All sorts of interesting titbits came out in that first session and I think the content will enrich any music-loving local’s life. I hope you like it!

Ngā mihi nui,
Sarah 

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