Samoan Radio Show Promotes Language and Culture

A new radio show and podcast aimed at fostering interest in Samoan language and culture has joined OAR FM Dunedin’s Friday evening schedule.

Lupe Fetala’i is backed by the recently established incorporated society Lupe Faalele a Samoa Otago.

Society director John Eteuati said the purpose of the group, which included Samoan academics and administrators as well as representatives from various community agencies, was to “act as the hands and feet of the wider Samoan community”.

“We felt there was a need to better publicise events of interest to our Samoan community, and to promote the services that support our families.”

Following Samoan Language Week celebrations and the visit of Samoan Prime Minister Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in June, the group identified there was also a need to promote Samoan language skills.

“We found from a study that most of our Samoan people who were fluent in their mother tongue and English were able to have success in several areas of their life.

“With most of our young ones, we’ve noticed that they lack confidence in both worlds, in both languages.”

Discussion on the radio show would be predominantly in Samoan, with sufficient English language content to provide context. Music by Samoan artists would further expose listeners to their mother tongue, a strategy that had proved particularly successful among younger people.

“Lupe Fetala’i will enhance our language and enhance our cultural values and traditions, but I guess the bottom line is to develop our young people to become more productive members of Dunedin society.

John said that feedback about the show had been positive.

“Listeners have told me they feel proud to have a programme in Samoan language. It makes them feel at home.”

Lupe Fetala’i is supported by Va’a o Tautai and airs Fridays from 6pm to 8pm at on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Photo: Proudly Samoan: John Eteuati is one of the hosts of Samoan language, music and culture show Lupe Fetala’i on OAR FM Dunedin.

AA Live Radio Offers Hope

Two Dunedin members of Alcoholics Anonymous are sharing their perspectives of recovery from alcoholism through OAR FM Dunedin show AA Live.

The local radio programme airs on a Tuesday evening, alternating on OAR FM on a fortnightly basis with Christchurch-based show Alcoholics Anonymous Radio from Plains FM.

“The radio show is an open meeting,” said Martin, who remains otherwise anonymous, in keeping with AA’s focus on placing principles before personalities.

“As an individual member of Alcoholics Anonymous I have one primary purpose and that is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. So I see it as an extension of our regular meetings, reaching out to an audience that may not be aware of their alcoholism or may be wondering if they could benefit from AA.”

Martin’s co-host, Victor, saw the show as a means of serving in a different way from the fellowship and sponsorship offered through local chapter meetings. Sharing his experience of alcoholism was the place to start.

“I didn’t know there was a way out until I heard other people sharing my story. With that, I started to have some hope and some sense of belonging.

“That’s what I would wish for anyone out there wondering if they should give Alcoholics Anonymous a go.”

For Victor, a history of violence, jails and institutions had led to more than one attempt to deal with his alcoholism through AA, but progress was not possible until he acknowledged the full extent of his dependence and its impacts on others. Membership of AA had been transformative, but only after acknowledging he was were “powerless” over alcohol.

Martin had also reached “rock bottom” before turning his life around. It was now time to offer hope to others in a similar position.

“My hope is that the listener will see alcoholism not as a moral issues but as a mental, physical and spiritual illness, and that people can get sober, just like me.”

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Photo: Sobering stuff: Martin and Victor present AA Live on OAR FM Dunedin.

Free Dunedin Community Noticeboard Launched

Comprehensive coverage: OAR FM Community Liaison Jeff Harford holds flyers publicising the station’s free Dunedin Community Noticeboard.

Finding out what’s on in Dunedin and publicising community events just became a whole lot simpler with the launch of an online and on-air tool.

OAR FM’s Dunedin Community Noticeboard is a free service, providing community organisations, schools and not-for-profits with three effective ways to reach the eyes and ears of Dunedin people.

Notices can be listed on the station’s online noticeboard, broadcast three-times daily on 105.4FM and 1575AM, and podcast via the Dunedin Community Noticeboard webpage.

OAR FM Dunedin Community Liaison Jeff Harford said a lot of work had gone into making the service easy to use.

“From one link on OAR FM’s homepage people can explore listings of Dunedin events and notices, and list their own items. There’s even a way to attach posters and other images that will make a listing more interesting and colourful.

“A few clicks and it’s done. From there, we compile the notices for the online noticeboard and record items for broadcast and podcast to our Dunedin listeners.”

While it was expected that the majority of notices would be listed via the online service, OAR FM Dunedin was happy to take written notices and posters from those who were unable to access Internet services.

“We’re proud to provide Dunedin groups and individuals with a voice in the media, and that means being as flexible and comprehensive as we can be with our services.

“By making Dunedin Community Noticeboard listings free of charge, we’re ensuring that the many local groups and agencies that sometimes struggle for publicity for their fundraisers and events get the widest possible exposure.”

The Dunedin Community Noticeboard is optimised for easy use on all computers, smartphones and mobile devices.

Listings and podcasts can be found and submitted from www.oar.org.nz, and notices go to air daily at 9.56am, 12.56pm and 6.56pm.

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.

Stronger Presence for Ethnic Communities On Air

The voice of Dunedin ethnic communities in local media just got a little stronger, with the Dunedin Multi Ethnic Council (DMEC) hosting a weekly show on Otago Access Radio’s Connecting Cultures Zone.

DMEC On Air had until recently aired in a monthly half-hour slot, focused on promoting networks and links with the wider community of Dunedin. The change to a weekly format was driven by DMEC vice-president Lux Selvanesan, a member of the Dunedin Tamil Society which presented its own show, Vanakkam Tamizha, on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm.

Mr Selvanesan said the Tamil group had learned much about the diverse traditions, backgrounds and interests of its own members through membership of a Society, and through making a talkback show. His role with DMEC opened his eyes to opportunities for other cultural organisations to tell their stories.

“I hadn’t realised the power of radio as a tool for connecting until I got involved with Vanakkam Tamizha. I wanted to expand that opportunity to all the other groups.

“If the large number of ethnic communities in Dunedin can connect and share learnings, it will make for an amazing family.”

DMEC community initiatives included Chai and Chat, a weekly opportunity for women of all cultures to share food and hear from guest speakers, and Koru International Playgroup for children under 6 years, open to migrant and Kiwi families. A community garden at Musselburgh School was another project for men and women interested in gardening, especially seniors.

DMEC On Air will feature updates on DMEC activities, profiles of Council members, and interviews of general interest to new and established migrant families. Hosting roles would be shared among members, including women from the Chai and Chat group.

The programme next Tuesday will include an interview with Whaea Tania Williams and Kai Tahu kaumatua David Ellison on the topic of tangata whenua.

DMEC On Air airs every Tuesday at 6pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.

Photo: Connected: Dunedin Multi Ethnic Council vice-president Lux Selvanesan coordinates DMEC On Air on Otago Access Radio.

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

Tech Explainers

A new show on Otago Access Radio is shedding light on the often murky world of technology.

Tech Explainers is presented by self-confessed “geeks” Dan Faulknor and Mike Beattie. A shared interest in all things technological led to the friends pairing up to create podcasts for Mr Faulknor’s Interesting Radio website.

Mr Faulknor said the Tech Explainers series arose from a comment on an online forum, asking why there was little support available for those who were unfamiliar with the language used around the technology that people use every day.

“As tech people, we have a habit of not explaining things in simple terms. So this was a bit of a challenge for us, to talk about technology in a way that regular people can understand.”

The radio show, which included some content that was not available on the podcast series, was something the whole community could benefit from, he said. Topics for the first few editions included the Internet, Wi-Fi and GPS, while password security would be covered when additional research was completed.

“We’re really looking to our listeners to determine what subject we should cover, so on each show we put a call out for people to get in touch with their questions.”

Mr Beattie said the show was for people with curious minds.

“You might know that your computer hooks up to something in the wall that gives you access to web pages, news sites, the weather and your email. But what gets this stuff to us?”

He pointed to smart fridges as an example of the “Internet of Things”, the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. Grocery lists would be compiled and sent based on what items were detected as missing.

“That’s the future – more automation, delivery of things right to your door, things happening for you rather than you having to do it yourself.”

Tech Explainers airs every second Wednesday at 10am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available fromwww.oar.org.nz. Questions can be emailed tofeedback@techexplainers.com.

Photo: Geek talk: Dan Faulknor (left) and Mike Beattie host Tech Explainers on Otago Access Radio.

Law Talks Put Listeners On Front Foot

A weekly Otago Access Radio segment is providing insight into how New Zealand law impacts on our everyday lives.

Speak Legal is a regular feature of Thursday’s OARsome Morning Show, with programme host Jeff Harford discussing a different legal topic each week with Community Law Otago volunteer law students.

Community Law Otago managing solicitor Caryl O’Connor said the radio spot was one of a range of legal education initiatives under way. Others included the programme of free talks that had been operating in Otago for the past 30 years, with the aim of providing practical and accessible information on everyday legal issues to the Otago community.

“Law Centres around New Zealand are all about access to justice. That means smoothing the pathways for people and giving them the platforms they need to move a legal issue forward.

“We endeavour to put people on the front foot rather than having to react to something that’s being done to them. If they can foresee something happening and work to put themselves in the best position possible, that’s got to be a good thing.”

The senior law students contributing to the Speak Legal series were free to explore an area of particular interest to them but the aim was to cover the issues that most commonly arose at Community Law Otago’s drop-in advice clinics.

Radio also provided an opportunity for students to test their presentation skills.

“They have to be succinct and accurate, and they have to make interesting,” Ms O’Connor said.

“That can sometimes be quite difficult with law, so they’ve got to be a bit creative with how they put their talks together.”

Community Law Otago had recently moved from its former Filluel St location to new premises at 169 Princes St. Information on clinics and resources could be found at www.communitylawotago.com.

Speak Legal airs Thursdays at 9.10am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.

Photo: Legally speaking: Senior law student Jared Papps (left) talks law with Jeff Harford on Otago Access Radio’s Speak Legal segment.

Disability and Health Show Plenty to Digest

Dunedin-based social service organisation Disability Information Service (DIS) is using radio as a means of reaching a wider audience for advice about disability and health related matters.

Short bulletin The Digest is a regular feature of the Monday edition of Otago Access Radio’s OARsome Morning Show. The spot will include notices from the many community organisations in the Otago health and disability sector that contribute information for distribution by DIS, via email and newsletter.

Newly appointed DIS executive officer Debbie Webster said the opportunity to talk about the many events, workshops, conferences and classes on offer was a way of making information more accessible.

“Not everybody can access online material or read the printed version of the many notices we get. Being able to also use radio is really valuable.”

The programme would provide DIS with a platform for discussing its wider role in the region. Not aligned with any particular provider of health and disability services, the organisation was able to provide free and impartial advice on the wide range of resources, community groups and “natural supports” that were available.

“We are kind of like the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to the health and disability community. We join the dots, break down barriers and connect people to the services and information that will help them through whatever they are facing.

“Questions can be as simple as where do I get a mobility parking sticker for my car to identifying what supports were available for a child with an intellectual disability who is leaving school, or how best to manage a chronic health condition that has become quite disabling.”

Helping people navigate systems and funding streams so that they might access the support they required was a key role for DIS, as was the sale or hire of living aides, wheelchairs and continence products from its office at Dunedin Community House.

“There’s certainly plenty for us to talk about. We’re excited to get started.”

The Digest airs on the OARsome Morning Show on Mondays at 9.10am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from www.oar.org.nz.

Photo: Informed: Disability Information Service manager Debbie Webster (left) and information consultant Emma Brockie present The Digest on Otago Access Radio.