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

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

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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

Unplugged 2015


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


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


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.

Youth Zone Live Sessions

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Youth Zone Live Sessions was run as part of Youth Week 2014. In celebration of that week and New Zealand Music Month we had young musicians into the studio to play some live music and to have a chat with our hosts. The project was made possible with the help of the Youth Action Committee.