A Voice for the Disabled

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The voice of the Dunedin disability community just got a little louder, with a new radio programme providing a platform for discussion of issues affecting disabled people.

Otago Access Radio show Noteable Radio is presented on behalf of Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) by the organisation’s regional kaituitui/community networker Chris Ford, with assistance from DPA Dunedin president Phyllis McPherson.

Mr Ford had returned to access radio after a long absence, having previously hosted a disabilities-focused programme with the station when it was known as Hills AM. He was looking forward to raising DPA’s profile through the new show.

“I’m glad to say that DPA is the voice of disabled people, both locally and nationally, though some people in the disability community don’t know who we are and what we can do for them,” he said.

DPA’s achievements included a successful drive for New Zealand to lead negotiations on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and playing a role in the development of the New Zealand Disability Strategy, launched by the Government in 2001.

At a local level, DPA had established positive working relationships with the Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Southern District Health Board and business community, Mr Ford said.

He had recently completed DPA’s submission to the DCC’s long term plan, supporting retention of Dunedin’s physio pool and the Taieri Community Facilities Trust’s bid for part-funding of a new aquatic complex, as well as offering feedback on the city’s new cycleways.

“We also want to acknowledge the council’s role in re-establishing the Disabilities Issues Advisory Group, which we pushed for alongside other organisations such as CCS.”

Doing “Good Work” For Community

A little chaos is not a bad thing but a sense of community is vital, according to Dunedin broadcaster Marvin Hubbard.
 
The host of Otago Access Radio show Community or Chaos says individual choice makes for a vibrant society.
 
“I think you need a little chaos because life isn’t predetermined, and it shouldn’t be. But without community, existence becomes very, very difficult.”
 
Mr Hubbard had been a broadcaster for nearly 25 years, having been attracted to making a public access radio show by the opportunity it provided to debate the first Gulf War. Having emigrated from the United States “because of American foreign policy”, his motivation was initially to promote equality and democracy through one-on-one interviews with studio guests.
 
“I still believe in those things, and in keeping hope alive, but more recently issues around climate change and sustainability have come more into focus for me.”
 
Dunedin City Councillor Jinty MacTavish had impressed Mr Hubbard through several interviews, for “a breadth of wisdom and caring that is rare in anybody but particularly in an active politician” but it had been a New Zealand doctor working with international medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres whom he remembered most fondly.
 
“Her concern for people and her goodness really shone through. She is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met,” he said.
 
Topics had not been limited to programme staples. Recent shows had included conversations with University of Canterbury professor David Wiltshire, who is exploring the frontiers of theoretical physics and “the meaning of the universe”.
Mr Hubbard’s long-term contribution to community access broadcasting was recognised in 2011 when he was made a life member of the Otago Community Broadcasters Society.
“I think access broadcasting is great for democracy,” he said.
 
“It’s really important people are informed, locally as well as nationally and internationally. That’s why I do it. You’re doing good work.”

 

Community or Chaos airs Tuesdays at 11am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from www.oar.org.nz and iTunes

“Global Kids NZ” Tops Air Awards

Two of Otago Access Radio’s younger broadcasters were the big winners at Otago Access Radio’s biennial Air Awards held at Burns Hall, First Church on 7 November.

Daniel Tucker (12) and Jayden “TJ” Jesudhass (11) host Global Kids NZ which airs on the station’s Youth Zone each Wednesday at 4pm. The programme featured interviews, stories and music, with an emphasis on cultural diversity.
An audience of more than 110 gathered to celebrate the achievements of the station’s 180 locally-based volunteer broadcasters, and were entertained by the Otago-Southland Chinese Association Lion Dancers.
Public Service Association assistant secretary Jeff Osborne presented the PSA Supreme Award trophy and cash prize to Daniel and Jayden, whose programme was described as ambitious and impressive by the awards judging panel.

 

 

Full results:

Community Information (joint winners): My Money, Dunedin Budget Advisory Service, and Valley Voice Radio, Marty Cancilla (Valley Project);

Children and Youth: Space Station Kiwi, Marchell Lynzey; Youth Zone: Global Kids NZ, Daniel Tucker and Jayden TJ;

Music: Golden Sounds of Stage and Screen, Russell Campbell;

Music (Community Supported): Connections Collection, Connections Activity Centre;

Languages and Cultures: The French Roast, Sandrine Feillet, Ebony Hinds, Sylvie Leduc, Romain Garby;

Faith: Radio Church, Tokerau Joseph and Tengaru Paniora, Dunedin Inner City Ministries;

Health and Wellbeing: Joan’s Joyful Hour, Joan Middlemiss;

Special Interest: Necessities of Life, Barbara Brookes and Tree Cocks;

Arts and Literature: The Library Mix, Dunedin Public Libraries;

Listener’s Choice: Radius Fulton Residents’ Show, Radius Fulton;

Most Popular Podcast: Eco Living In Action, Maureen Howard;

Most Valued Volunteer: Ron Esplin;

PSA Supreme Award: Global Kids NZ, Daniel Tucker and Jayden TJ.