Youth Activist Backing a Quiet Riot

Ashley King is calling on local youth to riot – or rather, be a riot.

The 18-year-old host of Project Rioteer on Otago Access Radio’s Youth Zone prefers the definition of riot as an impressively large or varied display, as in “a riot of colour”, over a violent public disturbance. The different backgrounds and interests of young people are to be celebrated, she says.

“What’s your colour? Your personality? And how can you contribute to making this world look so cool?

“Youth have so much potential to influence our future. After all, we are going to inherit this world.”

Ms King formed activism collective Ashley and the Riot in 2015, to bring young Dunedin people together to make a positive change in their community. The group’s stated mission is to work towards a better future, encourage diversity and to take a stand against bullying.

Following an appearance as an interview guest on another Youth Zone programme earlier this year, Ms King decided that her own radio show and podcast could provide a platform for discussing the issues Ashley and the Riot was formed to address. Programmes to date had focused on poverty and hardship, with activities including a collection of food and hygiene products for donation to the Salvation Army foodbank.

Project Rioteer co-host Esther Tamati (15) said she joined the show after meeting Ms King at a meeting of the Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council. Her aims were to encourage confidence in young people and to help get their voices heard.

“It’s important to me that everyone is treated equally. I’m a bit younger than Ashley and have a different view on things. So I offer a different perspective.”

Ms King had recently been appointed to the executive committee of the Otago Community Broadcasters Society and was looking forward the experience.

“It means a lot to me and I’m really excited to contribute to Otago Access Radio on behalf of young people in Dunedin.”

Project Rioteer airs every second Friday at 4pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.

Photo: Young potential: Esther Tamati and Ashley King are hosts of Otago Access Radio show Project Rioteer.

Kiwi Music First Choice For Young Broadcaster

One of Otago Access Radio’s regular Youth Zone crew is stepping out on his own to host a new programme aimed at promoting Kiwi music.

Taieri College Year 12 student Karl Brinsdon (16) hosts fortnightly show Choice As, a half-hour mix of music and interviews with a local focus.

Karl said the motivation to start his own programme came from his belief that there was little opportunity for New Zealand bands to promote their recordings and gigs in the media.

“I don’t think we, as New Zealanders, value local music as much as we should. I’m a big music fan, so I thought it would be a cool thing to try out.”

While Choice As primarily focused on pop and rock music, Karl was keen to feature artists across a range of genres. The programme would also include interviews with Dunedin musicians and visitors from out of town.

Not content to limit his endeavours to radio promotion, Karl set his sights on improving opportunities for young bands to perform in public. His own rock-and-metal band Saurian was typical of many who struggled to find age-appropriate venues and support, he said. With that in mind, he was in the process of seeking funding from the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board to put on a concert at the Wingatui Hall later this year.

“I feel that it’s necessary to get out there for my own music, and for the benefit of other musicians and people in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to see live music.

“Hopefully, if it goes well it will become a regular thing.”

Karl’s experience as lead singer and guitarist with Saurian had not made it any easier to front a radio show, he said. Having been “quite scared” of the microphone when starting with Youth Zone a year ago, his confidence was now growing.

“Now, it’s all good and I’m really happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to do it.”

Choice As airs every second Tuesday at 4.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.

Calling All Tech-Minded Teens!

We have an amazing opportunity for you to be involved with the development of a new digital content platform/website designed to host Dunedin-made media and podcasts for young people. Your ideas will help shape the future!

The Search Is On For Young Poets







Radio/Podcast Series to Profile 20 Dunedin Writers Aged 14-18 Years

Otago Access Radio’s Youth Zone in collaboration with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature and Dunedin Public Libraries present an unmissable opportunity for young poets.

We’re looking for expressions of interest from 20 young poets to perform and record original works free of charge. Your poetry, your format, your style.

If you are between the ages of 14 – 18 and have a love of words, we want to hear from you. This is your chance to reach a broad local audience on 105.4FM and 1575AM, and podcast to the world from OAR FM’s website www.oar.org.nz.

Each 15 minute episode will include an interview with a young writer about their work and their interest in writing and performing poetry, and readings of their original poems. The recording sessions will take place over 20 weeks starting early February.

This is a unique opportunity as there are only 20 spaces available!

TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST please use our online form


Register Your Interest Here

The Source Project

Copy of WEB_The Source

Welcome to The Source

The Source is an 11 Part Series focusing on what you need to know to become an active citizen. Members of the Dunedin Youth Council will take you through topics from the different departments in Council, to how to get your voice heard in local government.

Watch videos from the Dunedin Youth Council Here

Art Auction 2016

Otago Access Radio’s Art Auction
Wednesday 23rd March, 6pm

Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street
70-plus works on display from Saturday 19 March 2016
Gallery Hours 10am – 5pm

 

Art-lovers will be spoilt for choice when Otago Access Radio and the Otago Community Broadcasters Society auction more than 70 works by local artists at the Dunedin Community Gallery on Wednesday 23 March at 6pm.

An exhibition of all works will open on Saturday 19 March. Gallery hours 10am-5pm from 19 March – 23 March.

The auction is a fundraiser for Youth Zone radio programmes made by, for and about young people aged 8-22 years.

Contributing artists include Ewan McDougall, Jeffrey Harris, Heather Dunckley, Janet de Wagt, James Robinson, Manu Berry, David Corbalis and many other established practitioners.

Their works will be complemented by pieces from emerging artists, including four from Studio 2 and the Margaret Freeman Gallery, where disabled people are supported to create, exhibit and sell artworks.

All are welcome and book bids will accepted. An exhibition of all works will open on Saturday 19 March at 10am.

“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.

Unplugged 2015

YZU2015PosterSmall

Youth Zone Unplugged 2015 was another chance for young local musicians to get their music on air. This round 10 acts recorded up to five songs at the station along with an interview about their influences and how they first got into music.

 

Check out the podcasts from this series!

Click here for the full podcast

Young Leaders in a Changing World

10978577_859737954062969_8817708499246866301_n

Young Leaders in a Changing World was a 20 part series showcasing the wide range of interests, talents, and opinions of young people in Dunedin. Our 18 participants told us their stories, and talked about how they are actively involved with the things that they are passionate about.

The final two episodes were a chance for the participants to come together and discuss some of the recurring themes that are identified throughout the series.

Young Leaders in a Changing World was an Otago Access Radio project supported by the Ministry of Youth Development and NZ on Air.

Youth Zone Unplugged

YZUPoster2YZUPoster2-2

Youth Zone Unplugged was a 10 part series showcasing the wide range of musical talent in the schools of Dunedin. Young singer-songwriters and school bands came into the station to record their original songs and covers, along with a short interview about their influences and inspirations. This project was made possible with the kind support of the Dunedin City Council’s Creative Communities Scheme.