Pacific voices

Pacific audiences in New Zealand can listen to programmes made in their own languages on a variety of stations funded by NZ On Air. It provides a way of keeping languages alive, and discussing topics that might not be covered from a Pacific people’s perspective in any other media.

We fund the National Pacific Radio Trust to nationwide radio services in several Pacific languages on NiuFM and 531pi in Auckland. Samoa Capital Radio in Wellington is the third Pacific radio broadcaster we fund to provide programmes specifically for Pacific audiences.

In 2014/15 we provided $3.43 million to support Niu FM, 531 pi and Samoa Capital Radio.

In addition, the 12 Access radio stations funded by NZ On Air around the country have a huge variety of programmes made by and for Pacific peoples. 

On Radio NZ National listeners can enjoy several Pacific news and current affairs programmes.

NiuFM and 531pi

Through the National Pacific Radio Trust we fund Radio 531pi and NiuFM.

531pi broadcasts a mix of news, views, information, talk back and music in Auckland.

Each night from 6pm they broadcast community language programmes catering to different Pacific Island groups.

Their day time programming is committed to the next generation of the first Pacific immigrants... the 35yr plus demographic - 'informed, educated and proud of their Pacific roots.'

Find out more about what they offer on their website.

NiuFM broadcasts throughout the country with a mix of cool music, diverse cultures, topical news, and information straight from the heart of the Pacific.

Their vision is to be the voice connecting, informing and entertaining the diverse range of Pacific communities throughout Aotearoa.

They broadcast Pacific language programmes every night for Pacific people from Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji, Solomons,Tokelau and Samoa.

Find out more about what they offer on their website.

Samoa Capital Radio

Samoa Capital Radio

Samoa Capital Radio leases the Wellington Access Radio frequency, broadcasting mainly in Samoan for 38 hours per week.

Their programmes include a mix of education, health, welfare, law, employment, general information and discussion.

The station was launched in 1992 and has become a leading contributor to Pacific broadcasting in New Zealand.

The station's Chief Executive Afamasaga Tealu Moresi explains their constitution specifies that the station broadcast 80% of programmes in the Samoan language and 20% in English and other languages.

One example of how they are contributing to keeping the language alive is their Tupulaga (Youth) programme. It is hosted by Victoria University students and most of the discussion is in the Samoan language. They also cater for non Samoan speakers or those New Zealand-born students who wish to learn or improve their Samoan language through bilingual programmes.

Access Radio

The 12 Access radio stations throughout the country we fund provide a large number of programmes made by, for and about Pacific people. Access radio stations broadcast programmes in up to 40 languages, including the Pacific languages. Their programmes are also available online.

Here's just a taste of what you can find on Access radio in Pacific languages, or for Pacific audiences:

  • On Auckland's Planet FM the local Kiribati community has a twice-weekly show including music, news, community notices, interviews Kiribati history and culture, kids and cooking, stories and devotions.
  • On Wellington Access Radio a weekly show provides Pacific music, information and community notices in the Tokelau language. He Tifa Ola discusses everyday health issues for families, and raises the awareness of Health Services in the region for Pacific families.
  • On Canterbury's Plains FM the Voice of Pacific Women Network Group has a weekly show aimed at improving the health of Pacific people, specifically women, through promotion of healthy lifestyle messages with a focus on nutrition and physical activity. 

These are just a handful of the programmes on offer on Access radio. To find your local Access radio station just click on the links below.

Planet FM Auckland

Free FM Hamilton

Access Radio, Taranaki

Radio Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

Access Manawatu

Wellington Access

Arrow FM, Masterton

Coast Access, Kapiti

Fresh FM, Nelson

Plains FM, Christchurch

Otago Access Radio, Dunedin

Radio Southland

Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand is the nation's only non-commercial public broadcaster. Its diverse programmes cater to diverse audiences, with several providing the latest news and current affairs from the Pacific. 

Tagata o te Moana is broadcast on Radio New Zealand National on Saturdays at 5.30pm. This weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music. 

Dateline Pacific  is broadcast on Radio New Zealand National as part of Late Edition. Linking the Pacific with New Zealand and the world it is also broadcast by the BBC Pacific Service, the World Radio Network and is the flagship programme for Radio New Zealand International (RNZI).

Pacific news stories are included as part of general news bulletins.

Pacific people can also hear the news in a variety of Pacific languages on Radio New Zealand. See the list here.

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