Radio made by, for and about special interest audiences


Overview

Access Radio is a family of 12 stations from Auckland to Invercargill that provides more than 400 programmes in more than 40 different languages.

These stations cater to niche audiences that are otherwise not well served by broadcast media. Access radio allows groups to produce and broadcast programmes for their own regions and communities.

You can find specialist programmes on almost any topic you can imagine, created by people and groups in local communities.

Access radio stations are not-for-profit and are largely run by volunteers. Funding for Access radio stations ranges from $135,000 to $250,000 annually depending on size.

You can find out more about Access Radio from the Association of Community Access Broadcasters.


Showcase

Access Radio Taranaki

February 2014

Access Radio Taranaki

Community Access radio provides an intimate, special way for communities to come together. Access Radio Taranaki (ART) shows us how these stations can enrich their communities.


Where does the funding go?

We allocate funding based on the size of the audience of the station, grouped as below.

More information about each of the funded stations is in the List of Access Radio Stations we fund.


Special interest stations

We fund the Radio Reading Service in Levin. This not-for-profit community organisation has volunteers reading information as it is printed from newspapers, magazines and periodicals producing programmes covering a wide variety of topics.

The Māori broadcasting funding agency Te Māngai Pāho funds the 21 Māori radio stations across the country.


Funding to date, 2016-17

Planet Fm $250,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Coast Access Radio $135,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Arrow Fm $138,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Print Disabled Radio $110,348

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Free Fm $237,500

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Otago Access Radio $178,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Radio Kidnappers Charitable Trust $175,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Access Manawatu $170,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Access Radio Taranaki Trust $178,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Fresh Fm $170,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Radio Southland $175,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Plains Fm $235,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

Wellington Access Radio $220,000

Jul 2016 · Access Radio Stations

New Broadcasting Desk $7,096

Mar 2016 · Access Radio Wairarapa Charitable Trust · Arrow FM

Transmitter Upgrade $24,759

Dec 2014 · Tasman Broadcasting Trust · Fresh FM · Access Capital Radio Fund

Air Project $66,260

Oct 2014 · Waikato Community Broadcasting · Access Radio Capital Fund