Paul Murray Live on 107.5: The DJ C-Rap Interviews

As the owner of Rongo Backpacker & Gallery Paul Murray gets to meet a LOT of interesting people. Here are Karamea Radio interviews with a some of them…You’re Welcome!


DJ C-Rap Interview with Urban Permaculturalist Eri Suzuki: July 6, 2017

Urban permaculturalist Eri Suzuki visited the LivingInPeace Permaculture Project in Sunny Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand to exchange ideas and learn about rural permaculture. She chats with DJ C-Rap (Paul Murray) about her work in the Tokyo Urban Permaculture project and the reasons she has invested her life in permaculture practice and philosophy and her experience in visting the LivingInPeace Project and her stay at Rongo (home of Karamea Radio 107.5 FM).

The interview includes music from the Permaculture music troupe Formidable Vegetable Sound System and Climbing Tree.

For more information about Eri Suzuki and her work in permaculture, check out the following links:

More information on the LivingInPeace Permaculture Project: (In Japanese)

DJ C-Rap Interviews Star of “Solitude: The Secret Life of Annie Chaffey” May 13, 2017
DJ C-Rap chats with playwright and actor Martine Baanviger about her play “Solitude” and her portrayal of the true- life story of the amazingly intrepid Annie Chaffey.
A full house at Karamea’s Bush Lounge enjoyed Baanviger’s one-woman show “Solitude-The Secret Life of Annie Chaffey” on May 12, 2017 and her interpretation of Annie Chaffey’s lonely life in remote Asbestos Cottage in the wilds of the Kahurangi National Park where she lived in exile with the man she loved for 40 years.
Annie Fox abandoned two young boys and escaped a violent husband in Timaru in 1913 when she absconded with Henry Chaffey to the remote hut up a mountain in the Cobb Valley near Takaka, Golden Bay. They eventually married when Annie received word that her abusive husband had died.
“Solitude” is about the four decades Henry and Annie spent together in a 25 m2 hut at and altitude of 1,000m living on wild wekas, deer, goats and pigs any vegetables they managed to grow and the power of love.
The play not only recounts this incredible story of intransigence, and perseverance but also explores the dichotomy between loneliness and solitude.
For more information and tour schedule check out her FaceBook Page here:
DJ C-Rap Interview with Anthropologist Ollie “Cat” Mason: April 24, 2017
Ollie Mason is writing a thesis on sustainable living for his master’s thesis in anthropology at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He came to Kararama at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand to study the LivingInPeace Project and other sustainable living practices in the region. He has conducted a series of interviews with local people and been involved with the machinations of the LivingInPeace Project for about two months.
DJ C-Rap chats with Ollie about his experience, philosophies, thoughts on sustainability and plans for the future.
DJ C-Rap Interview with Musician Debra Khng: April 1, 2017

Singaporean musician, singer-songwriter and lovely person Ms Debra Khng is visiting New Zealand and came to Karamea to stay with us at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery (Home of Karamea Radio) for several weeks. She talks with DJ C-Rap about her musical journey and sings one of her original songs “BlackForest Birthday” for us…Have a listen to what she has to say and to her beautiful song.

For more information about Debra Khng check out the following links:

DJ C-Rap Interview with Mr Lee Traynor Radio 3PBS 106.7FM History: March 17 2017 

Aussie traveller Mr Lee Traynor arrived at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand after completing a four day walk through the wilds of the Kahurangi National Park along the Heaphy Track.

Over dinner at Rongo, Lee informed us he was involved in the establishment of 3PBS FM radio station in Melbourne almost 40 years ago. PBS 106.7FM is still broadcasting today and the station has grown into a large cooperatively owned community radio broadcaster that hosts about 80 programmes every week.

Lee was interested in our community radio station Karamea Radio 107.5 FM and DJ C-Rap was keen to have a chat with him about his broadcasting background, life as a teacher of technical English at a university in Hanover, Germany, and his experience walking the Heaphy Track.

To hear more of Lee Traynor’s New Zealand advenures, check out his TravelBlog:



DJ C-Rap Interview with Jeremy & Constance from WilderWheels: March 8, 2017


Jeremy and Constance from Sydney, Australia, arrived in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand after walking through the Heaphy Track with their WilderWheels scooters.

They stayed with us at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery (home of Karamea Radio 107.5 FM) and agreed to a radio interview about their adventures in New Zealand and their WilderWheels invention.

WilderWheels is a scooter, it’s a walking pole, it’s a paddle, it’s a shovel, it’s a trolley…It’s set to revolutionise how we move around and interact with the great outdoors.

DJ C Rap talks with the intrepid travellers about their scooters before they head off on their next adventure into the wilds of the Kahurangi National Park.

Check out their Web site:

and their travelblog:

DJ C Rap Interview with Intrepid Traveller Mr Roy Smith: March 2, 2017

Hosting international travellers at Rongo Backpackers at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is a dream job for DJ C Rap as interesting people from all over the world come to him and share their stories. One such person is Mr Roy Smith, an intrepid traveller, mountaineer and bon vivant.
He arrived at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery (Home of Karamea Radio) after walking for several days through the Heaphy Track and the wilds of the Kahurangi National Park.
He agrees to a radio interview and chats with DJ C Rap about his fascinating life growing up in abject poverty in rural England, joining the British Army to escape the penury and developing a quest for experience and adventure. He becomes and mountaineer, leads an expedition down the Omo River in Ethiopia for National Geographic magazine on which one member is taken by a hippopotamus and he almost succumbs to a crocodile attack…Tales of arctic adventure and anecdotes of a life well lived. Roy is a guy who opens the door when opportunity knocks, shakes its hand and says, “Let’s GO Mate.”
Have a listen to a great story told by a great storyteller as DJ C Rap chats with Mr Roy H. Smith about life and other adventures.

DJ C-Rap Interview with Blues Musician Ruth Wyand: April 1, 2016

Ruth Wyand, a blues musician from Kill Devil Hells North Carolina in the United States, stayed with us at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea, West Coast, New Zealand on her tour of Aotearoa.

Ms Wyand was here a couple of years ago and played an educational gig at the Last Resort featuring her music and a presentation about the historical influence of female blues musicians like Ma Rainey, Nina Simone, Memphis Minnie, Bonnie Raitt and Billie Holiday called “Mama’s Got the Blues,” which is also the title of her album on the subject.

She is also the musical director of the Mustang Outreach Program that encourages and finds underprivileged and “troubled” kids into music.

DJ C-Rap finds out a little bit about her, they discuss the Mustang Outreach Program, the madness that is the U.S. Primaries, some little-known facts about the Wright Brothers and her upcoming gig at the Little Wanganui Hall Saturday night.

Check out her Web sites:

Check her out live at the Little Wanganui Hall on April 2, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. $10 at the door…buy a CD or download her songs on from her Web site (cheaper than i-Tunes Store!)

DJ Crap Interview German Cyclist Niclas Eschner: September 8, 2015

Young German cyclist and traveller Niclas Eschner chats with DJ Crap about his ride up the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand…from Greymouth to Karamea in one day.
The ride is about 200 kilometres along the winding mountainous West Coast highway. He left Greymouth at 6:00 a.m. and checked in at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea at 4:00 p.m., which is not bad going given that the same trip in a car would take about 4 hours. Tomorrow, he takes on the Heaphy Track, the only New Zealand “Great Walk” that is also a “Great Ride,” on a hybrid road/mountain bike with fully loaded panniers.

Interview with Photographer Arwen Dyer: July 21, 2015

DJ Crap (Paul Murray) interviews 2015 LivingInPeace Project Resident Artist, Australian Photographer Arwen Dyer about her time in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Tasmanian native, Ms Dyer specialises in nature, abstract, night and macro photography and spent two weeks at the LivingInPeace Project as a resident artist in July 2015.

See Arwen Dyer’s photographs here:

Interview with Rocket Scientist Dr Duncan Steel: June 10, 2015

Dr Duncan Steel, a bonafide Rocket Scientist, arrived in Karamea as a guest at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery (home of Karamea Radio 107.5 FM) and agreed to an interview with DJ Crap about his experiences working for NASA, astrobiology, space junk, the “Fifth Domain of Warfare” and its implications for New Zealand, the Large Hadron Collider, Project SpaceGuard, missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, the importance of travel, Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), the Sex Pistols, alien life forms, geopolitics, the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy…everything from asteroids to hemorrhoids…the actual interview was over 90 minutes, but a computer failure toward the end of the interview meant that much of it was lost to the ether…perhaps the NSA was listening?

I hope you enjoy this very interesting conversation with a highly educated and personable gentleman…thank you for agreeing to be interviewed on Karamea Radio Dr Steel… I’m sure we’ll all sleep more soundly with the knowledge that clever fellas like yourself are working hard to ensure we’re not smashed out of our beds by a meteorite!

Dr Duncan Steel: (

Interview with Swedish Anglers: January 309, 2015

Swedish friends Normann Kotzurek and Stig Fagergren came to Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand to catch BIG trout. They embarked on an intrepid journey into the wilds of the Kahurangi National Park in search of the world’s best fishing and emerged with an amazing tale of adventure 11 days later…this is their story.

My Dream Fish New Zealand:

Interview with Bon Vivant Carole Beauclerk: January 8, 2015

Paul Murray (DJ Crap) Interviews 71-year-old U.S. traveller Carole Beauclerk about her experience on the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” and a life spent well doing all sorts of interesting things from taking ayahuasca with an Ecuadorian shaman in the 70s to sleeping with a 25 yr-old Congolese drummer on her 50th birthday in Tokyo…something for everyone here…that’s Karamea Radio folks…thanks for listening!

Interview with Israeli Traveller Arnin Amit: January 3, 2015

DJ Crap interviews Israeli Traveller Arnon Amit, who is thought to be the first ever person to complete the Heaphy Track in a wheelchair. Assisted by his brother Nadav and friends Maayan and Gul, Arnon arrived at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand after a five-day adventure on the Heaphy Track to show the world that it is possible to do the Heaphy without the use of your legs!

Thanks for staying at Rongo team and for taking the time to chat with DJ Crap on Karamea Radio. Happy Trails and keep on keeping on! Shalom Aleichem…Peace be with you!

Interview with “Light Healer” MeWe: December 10, 2014

Aussie character Me-We arrived in Karamea with his mobile light-healing cart that he has pulled around New Zealand stopping off to provide his biophotonic light-healing services to all and sundry along the way. He stayed at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea and agreed to a radio interview with DJ Crap to discuss his past, present and future. A most interesting chap indeed, part Aussie larrikin, part ethereal, new-age hippy renegade, Me-We thoroughly believes in himself and what he has to offer…the world needs more people like this guy!

Interview with Buller District Councillor Sheryl Rhind: July 25, 2014

Almost a year after having been elected to the Buller District Council as regional representative for the Seddon Ward, Councillor Sheryl Rhind returns to the Karamea Radio studio to talk with Paul Murray (DJ Crap) about her experience.

Topics include: Broadband Internet, Civil Defense, Reticulated Water Supply, 1080, Mountain Biking, the Oparara Valley Track as well as the influence of central Government on local politics.

This interview is of principal interest to people living in Karamea region of the Buller District, but also provides listeners with a window on life at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Interview with German Artist Almut Prang: June 25, 2014

2014 LivingInPeace Project Resident Artist Almut Prange speaks with project founder Paul Murray on Karamea Radio 107.5 FM about her experience, life in Karamea, art, travel and her future plans.

Interview with Italian Traveller Lorenzo Sebastio: June 25, 2014

Lorenzo Sebastio (28) is a traveller, there’s not many of them left. He has walked halfway across New Zealand from the very north tip at Cape Reinga to Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island where he stopped for the night at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery…home of Karamea Radio 107.5 FM where spoke with Paul Murray about his journey before he heads of down the West Coast to Bluff the southernmost tip of the New Zealand mainland.

Interview with Student Nurse Eloise Clayton: April 16, 2016

Eloise Clayton is nearing the end of her nursing studies and came to the small rural community of Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand to complete the practical training component of her degree. She was here for about six weeks and really got involved with the community and met most people in the district. She agreed to have a chat about her experience with DJ Crap on Karamea Radio 107.5 FM.

Interview with Canadian Artist Dejana Lukac: March 2014

Dejana Lukac from Alberta, Canada, came to Karamea for a couple of months in the summer of 2014 on the LivingInPeace Project artist-in-residency programme. Her art combines natural and found objects with man-made materials to create an entirely new object. The harmony of the nature contrasts with artificial products like foam and acrylic paint that seem to enhance and highlight each entity. Thank you Dejana for coming to Karamea and being a resident artist at the LivingInPeace Project.

Web site: Dejana Lukac:

Interview with Northern Irish Artist Norma Burrowes: March 2014

Northern Ireland photographer and textile artist Norma Burrowes was a resident artist for the LivingInPeace Project in the summer of 2010. She returned to Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand in March 2014 for a second residency and spoke with Paul Murray on Karamea Radio about her art, life experiences and upcoming exhibition at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery on March 17, 2014.

Interview with Trail Runners Vicki and Vicki: January 7, 2014

Trail Runners Vicki Woolley & Vicki Quinn arrived in Karamea after running the Heaphy Track in two days. They stayed at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea and enjoyed a Heaphy Conqueror’s Feast, visited the Oparara Basin arches and caves the following day and ran back to Karamea along the Oparara Valley Track…tomorrow, they’re off to Vicki Woolley’s old hometown of Seddonville to take on the newest MTB track in New Zealand…The Old Ghost Road…Happy Trails for 2014 and beyond Super Vickis!

Vicki Woolley is the N.Z. Editor for TrailRun Magazine: She is a single mum on her annual one week holiday….Vicki Quinn is her friend and fellow trail runner. Welcome to Karamea Ladies….

Interview with Permaculturalist Robina McCurdy: October 11, 2014

Paul Murray interviews Local Food Resilience/Security educator Robina McCurdy about her Local Food Resilience workshop at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea on Saturday October 12 (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)and the presentation the previous evening (October 11, 7-9 p.m.) Robina is a founding member of the Tui Community in Golden Bay and a passionate and enthusiastic champion of growing food, permaculture, biodynamics and building strong communities.

Radio NZ Interview with Permaculuralists Paul and Pete

Radio New Zealand Presenter Cosmo Kentish-Barnes visits Karamea and talks with LivingInPeace Project Founder Paul Murray and “Permaculture” Pete Cureen about their respective ventures.

Interview with Buller Council Deputy Mayor Rosalie Sampson

Paul Murray interviews Buller District Council Deputy Mayor and candidate in the upcoming BDC elections Rosalie Sampson about her 24 years on the Council, Water, Rubbish, Mountain Biking and other issues important to the people of Karamea and the Buller District.

Interview with Buller Council Mayoral Candidate Margaret Montgomery

Paul Murray interviews Buller District Council Mayoral Candidate Margaret Montgomery about her nine years as a Councillor, important issues facing the Buller District, ideas about improving the lot for Buller residents her background, experience, business life and family. Essential listening for people interested in making an informed vote in the October election.

Interview with West Coast Conservation Board Chair Stewart Robinson

A Karamea Radio Interview with West Coast Conservation Board Chair Stewart Robertson discussing the role of the WCCB, conservation issues facing the West Coast and the challenges ahead for the West Coast Department of Conservation staff in maintaining a large tract of New Zealand’s national parkland.

Interview with Buller Council Candidate Sheryl Rhind

Buller District Council election candidate Sheryl Rhind chats with Paul Murray on Karamea Radio about who she is, what she stands for and why she wants to represent Karamea, the Seddon Ward and the Buller District as a Councillor.

Crystal (Chuying) and Cindy (Xingxin) are the first Wwoofers from mainland China to come to Karamea to lend a hand at Rongo and the LivinginPeace Project. Paul Murray (aka DJ Crap) interviews them about their lives in China and their experiences travelling in New Zealand.

Interview with Buller Council Mayoral Candidate Garry Howard

Garry Howard is a candidate for Buller District Council Mayor in the upcoming election. He drops by Karamea Radio for a chat with Karamea Radio DJ Paul Murray about his candidacy, vision for the Buller District, the main issues facing the Council, mining, tourism, environment as well as his personal history…Compulsory listening for anyone interested in the Buller and its governance.

For more information about Garry Howard:

Rick Lucas Interview with LivingInPeace Project Founder Paul Murray

Karamea Community Coordinator Rick Lucas interviews LivinginPeace Project Founder Paul Murray on permaculture, life in Karamea, business, Permaculture Design Course and related topics.

Interview with Intrepid Traveller Brando Yelavich

Brandon Yelavich is attempting to be the first person to circumnavigate the New Zealand coastline on foot. He is also raising money for Ronald McDonald House, a charity that assists parents of sick children. He arrived at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island on July 18, 2013 and dropped in to Karamea Radio 107.5 FM and had a chat with DJ Crap about his exploit.

Read about Brando’s Adventure Here:

Auckland Lad Attempts 1st Lap of N.Z. Coast on Foot:…coast-on-foot/

About LivinginPeaceProject

Paul Murray is the founder of the LivinginPeace Project. Paul originally from Australia, but have been living in New Zealand for 14 years. Before that he was in Japan for a decade working as a journalist. He met his wife Sanae in Japan and they married in 2008.
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