Dunedin Focus COVID-19

Weekdays @ 12pm and 5pm

Dunedin Focus COVID-19 airs on 105.4FM and 1575AM daily from noon to 1pm.  
As we Unite Against COVID-19, OAR FM Dunedin brings you updates from local health, welfare, social service and community organisations.
The feature interviews on this page include conversations with community-based organisations and social service agencies, as well as some inspiring local people finding imaginative ways to stay positive at this challenging time.

Blowing Bubbles

Weekedays @ 3pm

Blowing Bubbles brings you positive conversations with people in their bubbles around the world.   How are people living their bubble lives, working from home, keeping kids entertained, staying connected and  getting exercise?  And how are these things presenting us with opportunities to find new ways of living?

Every weekday the Sustainable Lens team of Samuel Mann, Shane Montague-Gallagher and Mawera Karetai reach out from their bubbles to chat with interesting and positive people around the world.  

Bringing connection, joy, kindness and peace in the days ahead.

Made with support from Otago Polytechnic

Real-Time Resilience: Coping during COVID-19

Join Dr Denise Quinlan & Dr Lucy Hone, Co-Directors of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience plus invited experts as they share tips to look after your mental health and wellbeing during this time. 
Denise and Lucy translate evidence-based insights from psychological science into practical tips we can all use to stay well through this time. 
Denise and Lucy will focus on tips relevant for all of us, with some special episodes also for parents and teachers on supporting young people.  
Further resources and downloads available from nziwr.co.nz

Unique Ōtepoti 2020

Celebrating cultural expression through music and performance

Unique Ōtepoti 2020 is an opportunity for young Dunedin creative performers to express their cultural identities across multi-platform media.

OAR FM Dunedin is seeking registrations of interest from groups and individuals aged 12-18 years who can share original or traditional music, waiata, kapa haka or spoken word performances.

Any way that YOU express your culture or cultures

We are offering ten individuals or groups of young people the opportunity to be filmed and recorded for OAR FM Dunedin’s Youth Zone. Along with an interview, the footage of the performance will be edited together and available to listen to on OAR FM Dunedin, via podcast and to watch online.

The age range for this project is 12—18 years.


We will record the performances at OAR FM Dunedin studio in Moray Place. If the group is larger, we may be able to come to you! The default recording day will be on a Saturday at 11am, but this can be changed to suit your availability.

If you know of any young people that would like to register for this opportunity, please pass this information along to them.


To register your interest in being part of this project, please fill out this online form

Or email youthzone@oar.org.nz if you have any questions!

Deadline for Registration of Interest — 30 March 2020

accessmedia.nz App

We’re excited to announce the re-launch of the accessmedia.nz app, available from Google Play and the App Store.

You can have OAR FM Dunedin and our sister stations around Aotearoa New Zealand with you wherever you go, on your phone and other devices, with podcasts and live streaming of primo local content at your fingertips.

Thanks NZ On Air for supporting new ways to have our communities’ voices heard. Download today!

New Zealand Young Writers Festival

Studio Vignettes – an Exhibition and Readings

Curated by Isla Thomas, Studio Vignettes was designed as a hub for students and young people to showcase their own and experience each other’s work, including small books or zines.

In this event we will hear from a few of the artists involved in the exhibition.

Fear Factor – Covering yourself in snakes for fun

In this panel discussion and reading, Eliana Gray, Jordan Hamel and a panel of terrified guests discuss what they are really afraid of.

Please Note, this recording includes strong language.

Story and Spirit, Language and Heart

This panel discussion, moderated by Fran Kewene, consists of Eva Grace Mullaley and Zac James from Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, and Jess Thompson Carr (aka Maori Mermaid). The topic: How language and culture shapes our story telling.

Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships – Have you had your heart broken? Do you own an object that won’t let you forget? Hannah Molloy from Otago Museum is calling for submissions for an exhibition to open in December.

Hannah joined Jeff on the OARsome Morning Show to tell us more about the exhibition and their call for submissions.