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.
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.
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.
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.