February 09, 2020
Radio learning space for Rotorua rangatahi
There’s a new sound on the air for Rotorua rangatahi.
Power 88.3 FM is an initiative of the Rotorua Community Development Trust, with financial support from the Ministry of Youth Development, the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and other charities.
Trust development manager Steve Holmes says they’re offering a 12-week training programme and then encouraging rangatahi to stay on to run the station.
The aim is to allow youth to reach out to their own communities.
“Māori is our first target audience. We want young Māori involved, we want a young Maori voice and we want to develop rangatahi. We are about 60 per cent Māori at the Rotorua youth centre,” Mr Holmes says.
As well as learning radio skills and how to build stories and content, the rangatahi can also learn useful skills like advertising and marketing.
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