June 21, 2017
New studio helps radio reach Naatis everywhere
Radio Ngati Porou is coming up to its 30th anniversary, and it is celebrating with a major refurbishment of its Ruatoria studios to get it ready for the next 30 years.
Station manager Erana Keelan-Reedy says the spruce-up, paid for with a Lotteries Board community facilities grant, includes a new Tuini Ngawai recording and multimedia studio.
The station serves as a tribal sound archive, and it is also trying to get copies of any film and video with Ngati Porou content.
While there are only about 4000 people living on the East Coast, its gets as may as 300,000 hits a month from Natis living away from the coast.
"We’re constantly pumping out Ngati Porou content, whether that is the reo through our programming, or archive programmes we have managed to repatriate and pump through different platforms, news relevant Ngati Porou, our panui, our panui aitua, so we have become over the past 30 years really great at engaging our people and keeping them connected," Ms Keelan-Reedy says.
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