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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.