Dunedin Libraries Mixing It Up On Air

Photo: More than books: Dunedin Public Libraries youth outreach coordinator Su Ikin is part of a team presenting The Library Mix on OAR FM Dunedin.

A radio show and podcast on OAR FM Dunedin is offering a broad perspective on Dunedin Public Libraries events, resources and people.

Libraries events coordinator Kay Mercer said weekly show The Library Mix promoted libraries as “more than just rows of books”.

“The Library Mix gives us an opportunity to talk to a wider audience outside the libraries. It’s a great way to reach people who maybe don’t have time or can’t come into the library buildings, to let them know what’s going on and encourage them to visit us.”

Ms Mercer was part of a rotating roster of Libraries staff to host the half-hour programme, providing a “range of flavours” to the broadcasts.

“Our presenters love the chance to browse the Library’s CD collection and share their music choices with an audience. We’re all really supportive of New Zealand music, and most of us will play at least one track by a Kiwi band on each of the shows.”

The episodes Ms Mercer presented tended to be about events, poetry and theatrical performances, which were her own interests and the main focus of her work. Other presenters were into Dunedin music or had a focus on books and activities for children, because that was their area of expertise, she said.

Interviews were a way to connect with organisations and community leaders, to ask questions on behalf of the Dunedin audience.

“That’s the wonderful thing about our community radio, it really brings people together and gets conversations going.”

Libraries staff had also learned a lot about making radio programmes, picking up useful skills along the way.

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in connecting with their community to give it a go.”

The Library Mix airs on Saturdays at 1pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available fromoar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Radio Show a Voice of Thanks

Photo: Still truckin’: Phil Rogers (left), host of Phil’s Trucking Show on OAR FM Dunedin, with support worker Steve Marshall.

Dunedin man Phil Rogers has not let his non-verbal condition get in the way of hosting his own radio show on OAR FM Dunedin.

Cerebral palsy, caused by brain damage from a childhood illness, affected Mr Rogers’ motor functioning and took away his ability to speak.

A growing desire to advance the interests of people who had been prevented from achieving what they wished with their lives because of financial, mobility or communication barriers led Mr Rogers to enrol for study at Dunedin College of Education, where he earned a National Certificate in Human Services.

In 2005, a support worker suggested he might like to have his own music-based radio show, using a Liberator communication aid to record passages of text to play when needed.

“Once I got the idea of a radio show of my own in my head there was no getting out of it, and there was only one topic for the theme of it, considering my lifelong interest in trucks and the truckers who drive them,” said Mr Rogers.

Phil’s Trucking Show provided an opportunity to acknowledge family and friends through “shout-outs”, and to encourage truckers on the road.

“I also wanted to dedicate songs to people who work for the community to make it safer and who provide rescue services, such as ambulance, fire and police.”

Various factors, including technical difficulties with the Liberator device, saw Mr Rogers take a break from the show in August, 2017. He returned to the OAR FM studios earlier this month, bringing improved communication technology in the form of an iPad.

The radio show was the best part of his week, and he planned to do “many more shows”.

“I see it as a way of encouraging people, particularly people who work day and night to help other people. It’s also a way of thanking people who have helped me.”

Phil’s Trucking Show airs fortnightly on Mondays at 1pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Podcasts Engage Schools in Creative Learning

Photo: Incredible scope: OAR FM Dunedin Schools Liaison Shannon Colbert promotes opportunities to create radio shows and podcasts.

OAR FM Dunedin’s newly appointed Schools Liaison Shannon Colbert is eager to engage young minds in a unique and creative learning experience.

Shannon brings a wealth of skills and experience to a project that will see her fostering opportunities for school groups to discover the benefits of making radio shows and podcasts. A trained teacher, former Fortune Theatre educator and current tutor for Interact’s after-school drama classes, she believes there is “incredible scope” to broaden the station’s relationships with schools.

 “I love it when kids find something special in themselves that really comes alive with whatever they’re creating. Through their own radio shows and podcasts, they can combine creativity and expression in a valuable experience that is also heaps of fun.”

The scope for radio podcasts was “incredibly wide”, from one-off shows on study topics by primary school classes to small-group work with secondary school media studies students, which could be assessed against NCEA standards.

Shannon is currently working with a class at George Street Normal School as part of their STEAM project, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

Working with radio was a perfect way for students to share and connect in this integrated way of learning, she said.

“It’s a great way for the students to focus their inquiry and critical thinking, as well boosting confidence, resilience and creativity. They can also proudly share their programmes with their schoolmates, friends, family and people all over the world.”

George Street teacher Zac Ford said STEAM was a perfect means of achieving “a growth mind-set”.

“The children create, make mistakes, evaluate, analyse and apply their new understanding all within a team work environment. Any chance to use new technology, such as radio podcasts, on top of an already engaging kinesthetic learning style will help our children remember their learning.”

OAR FM Schools Liaison Shannon Colbert can be contact via email at shannon@oar.org.nz or by calling the station on 471 6161. Listen to OAR FM’s 90-plus Dunedin-made shows on 105.4FM and 1575AM with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

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