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The Voice of Your Community

The Manawatu Access Radio Charitable Trust, which broadcasts as Access Manawatu, is a vibrant, grass roots, not-for-profit Community Access radio station. Since 1998 we have offered a media platform to the diverse range of community groups and individuals in our region who otherwise have little or no access to the airwaves. We also champion local music on air - and in the community - throughout the year.

Access Manawatu doesn't make radio programmes. We provide the opportunities, facilities, support and training needed for community groups and individuals to make their own programmes that reflect their views and values.

If you decide to claim your share of the air, you'll learn how to prepare the programme, to record at the studios or “out in the field” and how to operate the equipment for a live show.


(Community Access Radio Values)


(Motivations and Rewards for Programme Makers)

Each week we host around 50 unique community access shows by, for and about real people – like you! Access Manawatu broadcasts from our studios on Broadway Avenue 24/7, on 999AM Manawatu-wide, covering the region north of Levin to South of Whanganui, and from the coast to the gorge. We also broadcast globally via live stream! All of our locally made programmes are available on demand right here, as well as accessradio.org, itunes and other respected podcasting sites.

The station is funded by grants and donations, and with support from NZ on Air to deliver services in keeping with Section 36(c) of the Broadcasting Act, which requires the provision of broadcasting facilities for minority interests, needs and groups.

Access Manawatu therefore offers free-to-air broadcast opportunities to the local community, whilst ensuring the content is:

  • By, For and About a community united by a common interest or culture; and/or
  • By, For and About a Not For Profit Organisation; and/or
  • Focused on a LOCAL community environment, culture or viewpoint; and/or
  • A creative outlet for people challenged by physical or mental disability, or mental illness.

(What audiences think) 

(Quotes from Programme Makers about the rewards of making Access Radio)

As such, you can make radio in your language, from your point-of-view and for your interest. As long as you broadcast within the law, you will experience full editorial control.

Access Manawatu is a member of the Association of Community Access Broadcasters www.acab.org.nz

Access Manawatu is a member of the Palmerston North Community Services Council www.pncsc.org.nz

 
THE TEAM    
Fraser Greig Hugh Dingwall Samuel Gordon
Station Manager Programme Coordinator Community Engagement

THE TRUST    
Margie Comrie Peter Hurly Don Esslemont
Chair Secretary Treasurer

Also: Rukhshana Ahkter, Jon Bowen, Colin Krivan, Nathan Maniapoto, Karl Pearce and Peter Wheeler.

 

Images and infographics courtesy of the NZ on Air/Colmar Brunton Survey of Community Access Radio ahead of The Big Listen 2016. To read the full report click here.