Konkani is the language of Goa, Mangalore, Karwar from South of Maharshtra to north of Kerala and is only spoken, rather than written, so radio is the perfect place to keep the language alive in the Kiwi Konkani community. Your hosts, the Good Guys, play a rich selection of old and contemporary Konkani music, talk with local community personalities, present short radio plays, connect with community events and promote the culture and traditions.
Born and raised in Mumbai, Richard migrated with his family to NZ in 2003. They settled for the first few years on the South Island's West Coast which Richard loved. Family needs saw them move to Auckland where he is still able to pursue his passion for tramping, gardening, music and cooking. Richard is an active member of the Catholic community in Avondale.
Married with two children, Hector is a student of German who loves to sing classical music. Born and raised in Mumbai he migrated to Aotearoa in 2003. He is a chartered accountant who is passionate about gardening and holds a certificate in horticulture. Hector loves the outdoors and enjoys mentoring young people. He is a secular Franciscan.
Born in Mangalore, Baptist was brought to Mumbai aged just 6 months. There he lived, was educated and worked. He is a NZ qualified chartered and certified public accountant who is on the path to becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster. His interests include playing bridge, music and dance and twice a week Baptist volunteers as a trainer encouraging people to be active using Bollywood music for exercise.
A science teacher with a masters in Science and Education, Xavier is a husband and father of four. Passionate about church and community, he’s known for his entertaining skills and is a qualified music conductor with MCing and ballroom dancing among his talents. He served 22 years in the Indian Army and was Principal of the King George Military School in Bangalore. Xavier grew up in Zanzibar, East Africa.
A professional chef with a flair for Chorizo, Francis has cruised the world, dropping anchor in over 40 countries. A 2007 sailing landed him in Aotearoa, which he finally made his home in 2012. An active member of the Auckland Konkani Actors, he is passionate about maintaining Konkani through theatre, bible readings and now radio. Born and raised in Goa, Francis lives with his wife and two daughters and in his downtime enjoys gardening and fine-tuning his guitar and ghumot-playing skills.
Known to friends as Hipol (Hi Paul), Paul was born in Calangute, Goa, raised in Mumbai Chandanwadi, Marine Lines, close to an early Goan settlement at Dhobitalai, Sonapur and Girgaum and migrated to NZ in 2001. Well in tune with his Konkani roots, friends and family can catch him singing Konkani Mando’s at any social opportunity and he has been an active member of the Konkani Theatre since 2009, honing his acting skills over the years and more recently taking up directing and playwriting.