Pacific audiences in New Zealand can listen to programmes made in nine Pacific languages and about Pacifica issues; keeping languages alive, and discussing topics that might not be covered from a Pacific people’s perspective in any other media.
We fund The Pacific Media Network who run NiuFM and 531pi based in Auckland as well as Wellington based Samoa Capital Radio.
531pi broadcasts a mix of news, views, information, talk back and music in Auckland.
Each night from 6pm 531pi broadcasts community language programmes catering to different Pacific Island groups.
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.'
NiuFM broadcasts nationwide with a mix of cool music, diverse pan Pacific cultures, topical news, and information straight from the heart of the Pacific.
NiuFM broadcast Pacific language programmes every night for people from Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji, Solomons, Tokelau and Samoa.
In 2017 we commissioned an independent review of the National Pacific Radio Trust to establish if it was achieving its objectives that sought to strengthen Pacific community in NZ via radio. The review was also to establish whether NPRT's structure, operations and strategies are fit for purpose to meet it's communities needs and the rapidly changing media environment. The full review report is below.
Samoa Capital Radio leases the Wellington Access Radio frequency, broadcasting mainly in Samoan for 36 hours per week. There's also a Samoan language show on Thursday nights for four hours on the NiuFM network.
Programmes include a mix of education, health, welfare, law, employment, general information and discussion.
The station's constitution specifies that the station broadcast 80% of programmes in the Samoan language and 20% in English and other languages.
Non-Samoan speakers or those New Zealand-born students who wish to learn or improve their Samoan language are also catered for through bilingual programmes.