Welcome to Awabapod. Awabakal's Podcast series.

Here you can listen to community leaders, sports stars and role models sharing a yarn and key messages about how you can look after your health, with a healthy dose of Awabakal humour.

Season 2, Episode 9: Ken Weatherall, Stronger Smarter Institute

Rod Smith from Awabakal has a yarn with Ken Weatherall - a man of many talents. A proud descendant of the Muruwari and Kamilaroi Nations of New South Wales, Ken has been a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education for 17 years working in the NSW Department of Education in many different roles. He's now a Program Facilitator for the Stronger Smarter Institute.

Ken Weatherall, Smarter Stronger Institute

Season 2, Episode 8: Evis Heath, Health and Wellness Ambassador

Rod Smith has a yarn Evis Heath, health and wellness ambassador. He talks all things mind, body and spirit - and a few random facts!

Evis Heath

Season 2, Episode 7: Edrick Lee, Newcastle Knights

Rod Smith has a chat with Edrick Lee from the Newcastle Knights. Tune in and listen to his story, through his youth, challenges he's faced and hurdles he's overcome to succeed.

Edrick Lee, Newcastle Knights

Season 2, Episode 6: NAIDOC, Heal Country with Louise Campbell

In this episode we have the privilege of chatting with Louise Campbell from the Catholic Schools service about this year's NAIDOC theme - Heal Country.

NAIDOC - Heal Country, Louise Campbell

Season 2, Episode 5: Sargeant Grant Biles and Indigenous Liaison Officer, Matthew Roberts from the RAAF

In this episode of Awabapod Rod Smith has a yarn with Sargeant Grant Biles and Indigenous Liaison Officer Matthew Roberts from the Williamtown RAAF base. They share their stories and offer some insight into what a career is like in the armed forces.

Sargeant Grant Biles and Indigenous Liaison Officer, Matthew Roberts

Season 2, Episode 4: Donna Meehan

For Reconciliation Week we have the privilege of yarning with Donna Meehan. As part of the Stolen Generation, Donna talks about the day she was taken and the her life's journey since then.

Donna Meehan

Season 2, Episode 3: Gema Simon

We're chatting to the wonderfully talented Gema Simon - international soccer superstar and all round inspiration. Tune in and hear about her journey, the dedication required to reach her dreams and her plans for the future.

Gema Simon

Season 2, Episode 2: Gehamat Shibasaki, Newcastle Knights

In this episode we chat with Gehamat Shibasaki from the Newcastle Knights. We cover all things family, and his unique cultural background, his routines and habits as a professional footballer and get his predictions on who to watch in the Newcastle Knights this season.

Gehamat Shibasaki

Season 2, Episode 1: Steven Oliver

We're excited to present 2021's first episode with the one and only Mr Sexy, Steven Oliver. He shares his career highs and lows and the hard work and dedication that got him to where he is today.

Steven Oliver

Episode 6: NAIDOC Edition - Always was, Always will be

In this special 'Always was Always will be' NAIDOC themed episode, Rod Smith from Awabakal chats with Andrew Smith, CEO of Worimi Land Council; Cheryl Kitchener, the Hunter Central Coast Project Officer for Aboriginal Affairs; and Abie Wright, NSW Aboriginal Land Councillor for Sydney/Newcastle Region.

NAIDOC edition

Episode 5: Nathan Towney, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at the University of Newcastle

We chat education and the school system with Nathan Towney, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at the University of Newcastle. He has a yarn with us about his childhood, his career in the education system and his role at the University.

UON Pro Vice Chancellor, Nathan Towney

Episode 4: Connor Watson, Newcastle Knights

Owen Craigie and Connor Watson have a yarn about Connor's childhood, his experiences and what lead him to a career in professional footy.

Connor Watson

Episode 3: Dr Kelvin Kong, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

In this episode we have a yarn with Dr Kelvin Kong, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist. He tells us about his childhood, growing up in Nelson Bay - Worimi Country and the importance of ear health in our children.

Dr Kelvin Kong

Episode 2: Black Lives Matter

Episode two features Sean Gordon from Gidgee Group, Debra Swan, Cultural Educator for Awabakal Ltd and the young talented artist Jacob Ridgeway as we discuss the very hot topic of Black Lives Matter. Join me Rod Smith as I ask questions to help us as a people and non-Aboriginal people have more of an understanding of the movement.

Black Lives Matter edition

Episode 1: Deadly Ninja Warrior Jack Wilson

Owen Craigie and Jack have a good yarn about Jack's journey to Deadly Ninja Warrior, and the things that keep him grounded.

Jack Wilson


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