Quilted Bananas Radio in Wellington


The weekly Quilted Bananas Radio Show is broadcast on Sundays, 10 - 11 am, on Wellington Access Radio 106.1 FM. You can also listen to the live broadcast of the programme online on Sunday mornings - go to the Access Radio website to live stream. There are also links to subscribe to podcasts at apple podcasts or Spotify, or download apps for android or iOS.

The Quilted Bananas Radio Programme is supported by the Rule Foundation.

Notices for broadcasting on the programme should be sent to qbananasradio@gmail.com

Check out the Programme's facebook page Quilted Bananas Radio for the latest updates from programme presenters.

The most recent programmes are available on the Quilted Bananas Radio page on the Access Radio website. Each Sunday's programme can generally be downloaded within a day of broadcasting. Here are the latest programmes available - click the link to play:

2024 podcasts

2023 podcasts

2022 podcasts


    • 25 Dec D.J. Panda - the Raw Fish Christmas Show - DJ Panda with Kura
    • 18 Dec Debbie: reflections on 2022, music, notices
    • 11 Dec D.J. Panda - the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura - music, chat and more
    •  4 Dec Sue & Fiona - interview with Irish-born meteorologist Lisa Murray, head of Weather Communications at the Metservice and a co-author of the book New Zealand's Wild Weather
    • 27 Nov D.J. Panda - the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura - music, chat and more
    • 20 Nov Angele & Debbie: music, poetry, mental and emotional self-help, news
    • 13 Nov Rosie - the Irish lesbian show with news (women's rugby!!), music and notices. Plus a digital breakup kit ... change your passwords and heaps more!
    •  6 Nov Sue & Fiona - interview with Shannon Novak of local Make Visible, a community-led project to grow support for LGBTQI+ communities
    • 30 Oct Siân & Creek talking about their upcoming exhibitions - Creek at Thistle Hall 15th-20th November, and Siân in Ōtepote Dunedin
    • 23 Oct Karen - retro interview with intersex activist Marni Mitchel
    • 16 Oct Fiona & Sue - covid, a glamaphones rehearsal, Miriam Margoyles, the
    • 16 Oct Fiona & Sue - covid, a glamaphones rehearsal, Miriam Margoyles, the Elders Survey, Paekakariki Pride, books and more
    •  9 Oct Fiona & Sue - interview with lawyer Amanda Hill who talked about the injunction that she and another lawyer had recently sought to stop Arohata prisoners being transferred to other prisons, other work she’s been involved in, and the legal aid system.
    •  2 Oct D.J. Panda - the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura - music, chat and more
    • 25 Sept Karen - news, music and chat, featuring an interview with Gareth Watkins and Roger Smith about the Chrissy Witoko and Carmen Rupe memorial seats which will be unveiled on the 1 October 2022, on the corner of Cuba and Vivian Streets - the interview is available on Gareth's pridenz.com website
    • 18 Sept Siân - the Femme Rants Show. Interview with Laressa Lynch on astrology, star signs, horoscopes etc
    • 11 Sept Fiona & Sue: interview with author Sally Morgan
    •  4 Sept D.J. Panda - the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura and Octavia - music, Wellington on a Plate, long covid, new shows and more
    • 28 Aug Angele with Debbie - current events, poetry, LILAC library, op shopping in Porirua, fathers, more poetry
    • 21 Aug Creek - the everyday gay, just discussing the little things of queer life: books, music, fungi, vale Anne Heche
    • 14 Aug Siân - the Femme Rants Show. Interview with Sascha Stronach, author of a recent fantasy novel The Dawnhounds
    •  7 Aug ... oops - no show
    • 31 July Angele with Debbie - news, local government elections; notices, poetry, music
    • 24 July Sue & Fiona: news local and from around the world, music, books, TV
    • 17 July Fiona: interview with Mari, Sally & Hadley from Stitch and Butch
    • 10 July Siân - the Femme Rants Show: a Matariki art exhibition Hā: Rest as Resistance by 12 wāhine Māori artists; an upcoming Glamaphones show; groups and events using the Secret Secret Club; and more
    •  3 July Sue: the Secret Secret Club, the Glamaphones choir and their upcoming Matariki preformance, recent US Supreme Court decisions and their implications for us, volunteering with Quilted Bananas radio and more
    • 26 June Karen with Fiona: their favourite lesbian comedians - interview with Clarissa Chandrahasen
    • 19 June the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura ... music, news and events
    • 12 June Sue & Fiona with guest Emer Lyons talking about the new collection of Heather McPherson's poems I do not cede which she has edited, and the Spiral Collectives
    •  5 June Angele with Debbie - news, notices, poetry, music
    • 29 May Sue: the Wellington Queer Arts Festival queeraf.nz this coming week; some British history - Maggie Thatcher, Section 28 and the rise of the UK Gay Liberation movement; current US political situation; recent political changes for the queer community in NZ ... plus music of course
    • 22 May Fiona with guest Alayne Dick of twee-punk band Bored Housewive's Club, upcoming gigs and being involved in improv with Tiny Dog, a Poneke-based group. Also Siân Torrington talking about making art and creative flow, and the exhibitions that have kept her busy this year. Both are appearing in the upcoming Queer Arts Festival. But no podcast ... sad
    • 15 May the Raw Fish Show with DJ Panda - music and chat
    •  8 May Angele with Debbie - Mothers Day with Helen Reddy's I Am Woman, current affairs, creative events at Fringe Bar, notices, poetry
    • 24 Apr Sue & Fiona - books, TV programmes ... sadly no podcast
    • 17 Apr Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura ... podcast evaporated
    • 10 Apr Raw Fish Show special edition with DJ Panda
    •  3 Apr: oopsy ... no show ... studio malfunction
    • 27 Mar the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura
    • 20 Mar Rosie: the lesbian St Patrick's Day show
    • 13 Mar Karen: interviewers with two queer innovators - Scout on setting up a Queer Innovators co-working space Secret Secret Club in Wellington; Sam on transforming an old Greymouth church into community space Gloria ... in PINK
    •  6 Mar Angele & Debbie: dedicated to the rainbow community in Ukraine and the threats posed by Russia
    • 27 Feb Fiona & Sue  with guest Chelsea from AlphabetBookClub talking about banned books
    • 21 Feb the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura and Octavius, and an interview with Savieey Ali’iva’a Nua from the Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā Mai Le Moana Trust of Porirua, a Pasifika and Māori performing arts group supporting youth and children
    • 13 Feb Karen: interview with William Duignan of Butch Mermaid about their Fringe Festival musical cabaret Too Much Hair
    •  6 Feb Fiona & Sue: interview with Sally Morgan (2022 Portico Prize winner) about the North of England, queerness in the '70s, her characters, and her fabulous book Toto Among The Murderers
    • 30 Jan Creek: escapism with queer books and TV in Omicron times!
    • 23 Jan the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura and friend talk about summer days
    • 16 Jan Angele & Debbie - poetry, feminist writers (Wellington Feminist Creative Network), local govt democracy and more
    •  9 Jan Karen & Debbie  - personal reviews of 2021 - books they have read and more
    •  2 Jan Sue & Fiona  - interview with Chelsea from the Alphabet Book Club - it's an online digital book store as well as a book club with rainbow books for all ages! ... podcast awol

    2021 podcasts

    • 26 Dec Karen & Debbie ... podcast awol
    • 19 Dec Creek & Emmie - Lost Musicians Who Wanna Look Like Us
    • 12 Dec DJ Panda - Kura with guest Octavius Jones and Tiffany Wayne
    •  5 Dec  Leilani: with guest Wayne aka Tiffany Wayne
    • 28 Nov Angele: news, notices, poetry and music
    • 21 Nov Rosie: Irish lesbian techie programme featuring 1980s and 1990s music
    • 14 Nov the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura
    •  7 Nov Angele and Debbie: the poetry show
    • 31 Oct Sue & Fiona with author Kim Hunt talking about her book The Beautiful Dead, living in Australia, her cars ...
    • 24 Oct: Siân - the Femme Rants Show with Rem Wigmore, author of new a book Foxhunt [no podcast]
    • 17 Oct the Raw Fish show - DJ Panda with guest Octavius Jones
    • 10 Oct Karen: Book reviews (including Fun home and Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel) [both books are available LILAC], queer goings on in Wellington and music
    •  3 Oct Fiona & Sue: with Jean and Felix from the cast of Hir - a new play at Circa
    • 26 Sept Fiona & Sue: the select committees and the gay conversion, and BDMRR bills
    • 19 Sept the Raw Fish show with DJ Panda
    • 12 Sept Creek - magazine-style with hens, BDMRR bill, a couple of musos
    •  5 Sept - no programme
    • 29 Aug the Raw Fish show - DJ Panda with Kura - music plus more lockdown tips and tricks
    • 22 Aug the Raw Fish show - DJ Panda with Kura - music plus lockdown tips and tricks
    • 15 Aug Fiona & Sue with Jean & Jess talking about their queer ballet Sapphic Lake - the ancient Greek myth of Iphis and Ianthe gets a queer modern makeover ... with Doc Martens! Coming to Bats from 17 August
    •  8 Aug Karen - Olympics queer sport special with Annie from Different Strokes
    •  1 Aug Rosie - lesbian radio show, with Irish lesbian poet Emer Lyons
    • 25 July Siân with members of new group Queer Endurance/Defiance
    • 18 July Karen & Debbie - sporty and swimming things; interview with Annie from Different Strokes
    • 11 July Sue & Fiona - the 35th anniversary of Homesexual Law reform, LGBTIQ+ news from around the world, books and more
    •  4 July DJ Panda Raw Fish Show with a Dawn Raids commerative special
    • 27 June Kura with part 2 of an interview with Val Little ... duh recording failed
    • 20 June Debbie & Kura with local poet Angele Toomey
    • 13 June Siân - femme rants about community with an interview with Val Little
    • 6 June Sue & Fiona - Les Geeks do a book show with music ... but the recorder was on holiday again
    • 30 May the Raw Fish Show - DJ Panda with Kura
    • 23 May - Karen and Sophie from InsideOUT ... duh recording failed
    • 16 May Linda & Sue with local author Andi Buchanan talking about science fiction
    •  9 May Rosie - the lesbian programme - lesbian podcasts; digital assistants, technology and gender
    •  2 May ... oops no show
    • 25 Apr Sue & Fiona - interview with comedian Jadwiga Green
    • 18 Apr Sue - talked about the recent CARN (Cross Agency Rainbow Network) conference

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History and philosophy

The Quilted Bananas Radio Programme provides lively coverage of news, politics, activities, interviews and music for queer women & non-binary folk. It focuses on Wellington regional activities, but also covers national and international news. As an acronym our name stands for: Queer, Intersectional, Intersex, Lesbian, Takataapui, Trans, Enby, Diverse ... Bisexual, Asexual, and Nanas (because a lot of us also identify as nanas). As a metaphor, Quilted Bananas is about celebrating all the slippery overlaps these communities can have.

Quilted Bananas started life as the Wellington Lesbian Community Radio Programme, airing under that name for more than 35 years until our revamp in 2019.

The programme is run by a collective of presenters and technicians and we always welcome new volunteers – if interested, email our heirloom address: qbananasradio@gmail.com

We value respect and we don’t do gender-policing.

There is an interview with Prue about the programme and its history on PrideNZ.com, and an article by Linda Evans about the history of the programme on nzhistory.govt.nz/women-together.