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The Outlet is a weekly radio podcast featuring local news, information, and interviews for the Upper Clutha.Hosted by Brent Harbour, and produced by The Wānaka App, The Outlet keeps you up to date with the latest in our community and features insightful discussion with local people.Enjoy!
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What if the night sky you gaze upon was preserved as a natural heritage site? Join us on The Outlet podcast where we unravel the captivating efforts behind Dark Sky initiatives with our special guest, Danny Mollan. Together, we delve into the importance of preserving dark skies in the Hawea community and the Lower South Island of New Zealand. Danny tells us about the unique celestial marvels of New Zealand, including the Southern Aurora and the southern celestial pole, and outlines the steps ...
From guiding anglers through pristine waters to steering a brand that's redefining outdoor gear, Matt Butler of KEA Outdoors joins us to share his remarkable entrepreneurial journey. Our conversation takes you to the heart of Wanaka's breathtaking landscapes, where Matt's vision for crafting essential, innovative equipment sprouted from his experiences as a seasoned fly fishing guide. He takes us through the meticulous design process behind their flagship survival kit, built on the robust fou...
Embark on an adventure with us as Brent Harbour sits down with Mark Sedon, the visionary behind the New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival. From its roots as a quaint gathering to its rise as a beacon for adventurers worldwide, this episode uncovers the festival's exhilarating journey. Mark paints a vivid picture of what's in store for 2024, including tales from a mountaineer's icy ascents, insights from a prolific Australian filmmaker, and heart-pounding narratives from a daredevil kaya...
In this podcast we talk to Wanaka's very own Melville-Ives twins, whose mastery of snow sports is as compelling as their bond. Cam and Fin open up about their transition from early skiers to freestyle mavens and snowboarding aficionados. Raised by a duo of ski instructors amidst the snowy peaks of Cardrona and and Treble Cone, their journey is more than a tale of competition; it's a tribute to the infectious joy and sheer thrill of snow sports. Witness as they recount their most electrifying ...
Unlock the intricacies of Wanaka's fiscal future and the proposed visitor levies with QLDC Mayor Glyn Lewers. This episode offer important insights as we grapple with the delicate balance of growth and sustainable funding in the tourism-driven economy. With Mayor Lewers at the helm, we examine the government's stance on these levies, the debate around public transport, and the potential impacts on the local government coffers and tourism sector. Get ready to understand the complex fiscal stra...
Have you ever wondered what it's like to police paradise? Host Brent Harbour, brings you a rare glimpse into the life of Senior Sergeant Fiona Roberts, the heart and soul behind the law enforcement team in New Zealand's picturesque Wanaka. Fiona tells us about the moments that have shaped her career—from the adrenaline-fueled aftermath of Christchurch's devastating earthquake to the behind-the-scenes action during national crises. You'll get to know Fiona who found her calling at a poli...
There's nothing better than sitting in a dimly lit movie theater; the scent of buttered popcorn in the air, the hush of the audience as the projector flickered to life. It's this nostalgia that Cinema Paradiso co-founder Calum MacLeod brings to life in this chat. From his childhood in Inverness, Scotland, where films like 'The Sound of Music' and 'Star Wars' became the kindling for his cinematic love affair. Calum recounts the adventurous inception of Wanaka's Cinema Paradiso, a beacon ...
Discover the pressing issues of our time as former Climate Change Minister James Shaw joins us to unravel the complexities of environmental action and the heated dynamics of change. At the heart of our discussion lies the intricate dance of human behavior and ecological tipping points, a theme that pushes the boundaries of our understanding and demands immediate attention. Shaw, with his profound insights, dissects the Paris Agreement in all its glory and flaws, revealing the urgency that spi...
Join us as Ed Taylor, General Manager of Warbirds over Wanaka, gives us front-row seats to the airshow action set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Wanaka. There's an electric anticipation for the event's high-flying return. From the thunderous engines of the de Havilland Mosquito and Mustang P-51 to the future of flight with electric aircraft and Rocket Lab's innovations, prepare to be elevated by the stories, the spectacle, and the spirit of Warbirds over Wanaka.https://www.warbirdsover...
Join the conversation with seasoned journalist Guyon Espiner as we unravel the intricate relationship between media and democracy. Together, we dissect the financial tides shifting the sands of journalism, the rise of artificial intelligence generating misinformation, and the looming question: What happens when newsrooms dwindle? Guyon brings a wealth of experience from different media landscapes and teases his involvement in Aspiring Conversations, promising a riveting exchange with Paddy Go...
Discover the blueprint for a united school community with Mount Aspiring College's head students—Lottie, Daisy, Tom, and Zavier. Prepare to be inspired by Lottie's leadership initiatives designed to tighten the fabric of student relationships and her strategies to empower every student to be a leader in their own right. Meanwhile, Daisy champions the cause for inclusivity, elaborating on her pioneering approach to dissolve the barriers between grades, ensuring that every student f...
Jane Stalker, the General Manager of the Wanaka A&P Show, sits down with Outlet host Brent Harbour, to unveil this year's event, where a new rural village and a farmyard will make their grand entrance. We navigate the ins and outs of the tremendous effort it takes to bring such a spectacular community event to life. Jane's insights offer a rare glimpse into the synergy between the strategic visions of new board members and the innovative sparks from fresh team additions. Together, they're...
In this podcast, host Brent Harbour talks to NZ Open Tournament Director Michael Glading. Michael recalls the thrill of caddying for golf legend Bob Charles, an experience that now resonates as Michael Gladding, Tournament Director, weaves the narrative of the New Zealand Open. Listen to how the prize purse's climb to $2 million mirrors the tournament's rising reputation, and join them in speculating which Kiwi talents might hoist the cup! https://nzopen.com/https://wanakaapp.nz/ne...
Nicola Jacobsen, is the principal of Mount Aspiring College. We talk about the educational strategies elevating students to academic heights. Nicola talks about the transformative power of personalized goal-setting and strategic learning conversations, plus the environmental initiatives and array of extracurricular activities, from the arts to sports, that illustrate the school's dynamic spirit. https://mtaspiring.school.nz/senior-leadership-team/https://wanakaapp.nz/news/news? #TheOutle...
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Glyn Lewers and Podcast Host Brent Harbour, tackle the most critical concerns. From the struggle to house a dedicated workforce to grappling with last year's water quality scares and landslide impacts, they explore the community's fortitude in facing these challenges head-on. Discover how feedback is fueling strategic plans for robust infrastructure and setting the stage for resilience in the face of adversity. Plus get an insider's look at the pote...
The Outlet, The Talk of WānakaDiscover the resilience and innovation that have catapulted Wānaka's tourism industry back to life post-pandemic, as Tim Barke, Chief Executive of Lake Wānaka Tourism, joins us for a chat. We unravel the creative ways local businesses pivoted during tough times, from tourist vehicles morphing into lifelines delivering food parcels, to an apple crumble craze that sweetened the community spirit. Hear how this breathtaking region has not only bounced bac...
Welcome to The Outlet, The Talk of WanakaIn this Podcast, host Brent Harbour, talks to Suzanne Prentice, the Southland based Trustee of the Otago Southland Rescue Helicopter Trust, and, Graeme Gale, Managing Director of Helicopters Otago Ltd, that delivers the Otago Southland Rescue Helicopter service. We chat about the rescue helicopters operations, how they cover such a huge region, and how the community is the key to keeping the service operating.https://www.otagorescue.co.nz/about/t...
Welcome to The Outlet, The Talk of WanakaIn this podcast, host Brent Harbour talks to Jason Rhodes from the National Transport & Toy Museum, Wānaka! We find out abut the origins of the museum, what plans there are for new dispalys, and some of the unique items in their collection.Plus Doctor March is an Ophthalmologist and Lecturer in Dunedin, we chat about his upcoming presentation at Wanaka Library in January, to encourage children and teens to get excited and motivated to l...
Welcome to The Outlet, The Talk of WanakaIn this podcast, host Brent Harbour talks to Lydia Bradey. Lydia is a Mountaineer and Mountain Guide, living by the side of Lake Hawea. In 1988 Lydia became the first woman in the world to climb Mt Everest without supplementary oxygen. She is a passionate mountaineer, an International Mountain & Ski Guide, and a professional Inspirational Speaker. They talk about her remarkable feats in her mountaineering career, and what experiences have shaped he...
Welcome to The Outlet, The Talk of WanakaIn this podcast, host Brent Harbour chats with Joe Murdie. Joe and his wife Erin own production company Bunker Street Film Co in Wanaka. They're Crowd Funding through boosted.org.nz for their film Planet 13. We chat about the inspiration behind the film, where pre-production is at and how you can help get filming underway.Donate Here:https://boosted.org.nz/projects/planet-13Check Out Bunker Street Fim Co Here:https://www.bunkerstreet.co.nz/abouth...
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