Air Awards Results 2018

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Huge thank you to Petra Paignton for these amazing photos

The 2018 OAR FM Air Awards were held at Burns Hall on the 17th of November 2018. This awards night, held every couple of years, is to celebrate all hard work and dedication of our volunteer broadcasters.

Congratulations to all who entered their fabulous shows for consideration.

Full list of results:


Project Rioteer (Ashley King)

Arts and Literature (Joint Winners)

Dark Dunedin (Emily Duncan and HJ Kilkelly)

Write On (Vanda Symon)

Community Information and Services

NoteAble Radio (Chris Ford)

Science, Sustainability and the Environment

Wild Dunedin Podcast (Dr Claire Concannon and Jamie McAulay)

Music - Community Supported

A Kaleidoscope of Music (Justine Schep)


Fine Tune (Alistair Addis)

Health and Wellbeing

Bringing Wellbeing to Life (Dr Denise Quinlan)

Connecting Cultures

Indigenous Encounters (Pia Kahn)

Special Interest

Let’s Talk Sport (Liam Wilson)

Most Popular Podcast (Joint Winners)

Jazz Café (Lou McConnell)

Say Mê Việt Nam – Passionate Vietnam

Listeners' Choice

Radius Fulton Residents’ Show

Volunteer of the Year

Tim McMullen

PSA Supreme Award

Wild Dunedin Podcast

Otago Community Broadcasters Society Lifetime Membership

Vanda Symon and Chanel O’Brien

PSA Supreme Winner 'Wild Dunedin Podcast' - Dr Claire Concannon

Access Internet Radio App

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Access Internet Radio 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!

Burns Fellowship 60th Anniversary

Lunch Time Reading Session

As part of the Burns Fellowship 60th Anniversary celebrations, former and current Burns Fellows gathered in the University of Otago Link to read extracts of their novels, short stories, poetry, scripts, non-fiction and theatrical texts.

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From Book to Film

As part of the Burns Fellowship 60th Anniversary celebrations, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society organised a panel discussion.

In the programme you are about to hear, former Burns Fellows join Chris Prentice, Associate Professor from the University of Otago Department of English and Alistair Fox, Emeritus Professor of English, for a discussion on the topic From Book to Film – Adapting New Zealand Literature to the Screen.

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Tribute to Absent Fellows

The programme you are about to hear, Tribute to Absent Fellows, is brought to you by the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival, in association with the University of Otago English Programme’s Burns Fellowship 60th anniversary celebrations.

What follows is a salute to the 17 Burns Fellows no longer with us –  with friends, whanau and colleagues of Absent Fellows taking the podium to read in their honour.

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New Zealand Young Writers Festival

The Blaming of the Shrew: From the Frontlines of Contemporary Feminism

125 years after women won the vote in Aotearoa New Zealand, we’ve still got a long way to go.

The programme you are about to hear, “The Blaming of the Shrew: From the Frontlines of Contemporary Feminism” was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

On this panel, journalists Sasha Borissenko and Eleanor Ainge Roy, and Shirley Le from Sweatshop Sydney discuss pay equity, intersectional feminism, and the difficulties of balancing privacy and the public interest in the #MeToo era.

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The Most Terrifying (Children’s) Book Ever

On this the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, maybe it’s time to reflect on what are our greatest horror masterpieces.

The programme you are about to hear, “The Most Terrifying Children’s Book Ever”, was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

Craig Cliff and a group of overactive imaginations argue that it’s not Mary Shelley, Anne Rice or Stephen King we should be most afraid of, but rather Maurice Sendak, Lynley Dodd or Margaret Wise Brown.

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Tales from the Sweatshop: A Western Sydney Showcase

Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney, devoted to empowering groups and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through training and employment in creative and critical writing.

In the programme you are about to hear, we hear from Sweatshop’s Winnie Dunn, Phoebe Grainer and Shirley Le.

“Tales from the Sweatshop: A Western Sydney Showcase” was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

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Colour Between The Lines: Decolonising Literature

The programme you are about to hear, “Colour Between The Lines: Decolonising Literature”, was held as part of the 2018 New Zealand Young Writers Festival.

This Trans-Tasman Talanoa includes Winnie Dunn and Phoebe Grainer from the Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, and the Auckland-based pair of Pasifika playwright Leki Jackson-Bourke, and columnist Miriama Aoake.

They korero about how their writing practices contribute to continuous acts of decolonisation.

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Election Coverage 2017

Child Poverty Election Candidate Forum

On Wednesday 23 August 2017 a General Election Candidates Forum on Child Poverty was held at Knox Church Community Hall, Dunedin.

The forum was organised by Connect South in partnership with Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, Public Health Association of New Zealand and the Child Poverty Action Group.

Candidates to address the forum were: Metiria Turei MP (Green), Clare Curran (Labour), Paul Foster-Bell (National), Warren Voight (NZ First) and Lindsay Smith (The Opportunities Party).

The forum is podcasts in its entirety.

Dunedin Youth Debate

In this special broadcast we bring you coverage of the Dunedin Youth Debate held on Thursday the 31st of August at Otago Boys’ High School, organised by the Dunedin Youth Council.

In this debate, representatives from four political parties discussed issues relevant to young people in Dunedin.

We will hear from; Shane Gallagher (Green), Paul Foster-Bell (National), Clare Curran (Labour) and Abe Gray (The Opportunities Party).

For more information on the Dunedin Youth Council, check out their Facebook Page

Election Forum: Climate Change and Environmental Issues

In this special event broadcast we bring you coverage of the ‘Election Forum on Climate Change and Environmental Issues’, held at the Otago Polytechnic on Wednesday the 6th of September.

This event was organised by Sustainable Dunedin City and Chaired by Jinty MacTavish.

We hear from six representatives as they discuss their parties policies on environmental issues

Niki Bould – Green Party
Miriam Mowatt – Democrats for Social Credit
Lindsay Smith – The Opportunities Party
David Clark – Labour Party
Warren Voight – New Zealand First
Lachie Ashton – Conservative Party

OARsome Morning Show – 08-09-2017
Elections 2017 – Dee Vickers, Registrar of Electors

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

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.

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