OAR FM is passionate about people of all backgrounds to be heard and connected. We provide a unique opportunity for Dunedin-based ethnic groups and individuals to share their language, music and culture with Dunedin listeners by making their own radio shows and podcasts.

Listeners can tune in on 105.4FM and 1575AM. All of the Connecting Cultures programmes are also available online, as a live stream, and podcast from oar.org.nz, accessmedia.nz, and also your favourite podcast platforms!

This means Dunedin broadcasters can also connect with communities in New Zealand, and with friends, family and other listeners around the world!

Get in touch with Arina, the Station’s Community Connector at arina@oar.org.nz for more information!

Join the station’s Community Connector Arina Aizal every Friday noon for the new Connecting Cultures Features show! Featuring interviews with the multicultural people of Dunedin and our amazing Connecting Cultures broadcasters. Hear songs from all kinds of languages, news and updates from the multi ethnic community.

Connecting Cultures Shows


Fono Faufautua a Samoa i Otago Leitio (Samoan)
Faatalofa atu ile ‘au faafofoga, ole tautua lenei ale Fonofaufautua a Samoa i otago. O mea o tutupu i o tatou laufanua faapea o tatou nuu tuaoi i aso Gafua ta’itasi. Faafetai.

The Loud Silence  (English/Te Reo Māori)
This show is a safe space that touches on deeper human connections, guided by Māoritanga. Stories, inspiration, empowerment, environment topics and knowledge that will help uplift and encourage a more positive outlook on our lives and future. 

The Lave Mai Show (Tongan/English)
A platform that brings together Tongan students and other youth, to discuss and express their thoughts on issues they face, that may not be appropriate to discuss in their cultural settings.

Headscarves and Good Yarns
Headscarves and Good Yarns is all about celebrating the differences we have in our community. Even though we all look, think and speak differently to each other we all call Aotearoa our home so tune in and find hear the stories of many different kiwis.

Shakti Voices
Promoting women’s empowerment and family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. Join the team as they explore Shakti’s support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.

Say Mê Việt Nam – Passionate Vietnam (Vietnamese)
Celebrating the culture and uniqueness of Vietnam through music, stories and language.


Arasan FM (Tamil)
Arasan FM brings you news and current events in Dunedin, Otago region and wider New Zealand. This will focus on current affairs, interviews and news for a cohesive and united Tamil communities in the Otago Region.

Namasthe Telugu (Telugu)
Telugu is one of the sweetest languages spoken in the southern part of India – known as the Italian of the East due to its melodic nature. Listen to Telugu songs that are rich in music and meaning, and hear more about this beautiful place, on Namasthe Telugu with Sasi Bhushan.


The Arinality
A radio show and podcast by Arina Aizal, on stories of women with international backgrounds on their cultural identities, belonging, wellbeing and passions in Aotearoa.

More than 90 different ethnic groups are represented in Dunedin, and Dunedin Multi Ethnic Council exists to ensure we all have the same rights and responsibilities.

Hamro Awaz (Nepalese)
Our Voice – Govinda, Ashik and Gagan bring you music, discussion and information in Nepalese. Created by the Dunedin Nepalese Society.

Vanakkam Tamizha (Tamil)
Vanakkam Tamizha celebrates the richness of Tamil language and culture, and uniting Tamil communities in Dunedin and wider Otago region.

Buddhist Radio (Cantonese)
Buddhist teaching and history, with great advice for novice or experienced meditators.

K-Talk with Kiho Lee (English/Korean)
Join Kiho and special guests for a celebration of Korean culture and music.

Settlement Information with Citizens Advice Bureau
Anna and the team from Citizens Advice Bureau bring you all the latest news and information of special interest to new migrants settling in Dunedin.


Buddhist Radio (Mandarin)
Buddhist teaching and history, with great advice for novice or experienced meditators.


Buddhist Radio (English)
Buddhist teaching and history, with great advice for novice or experienced meditators.


Muslim Chaplaincy Conversation (English/Arabic)
The Muslim Chaplaincy Conversation is produced by the Otago Muslim Chaplaincy Committee and features talks on Islam and interviews with local Muslims.

Dunedin Chinese Culture Show (Mandarin/English)
The Dunedin Senior Chinese Association shares their experience living in Dunedin as seniors, and what they know about Chinese culture.

Connecting Cultures Features (Multilanguage)
Featuring interviews with the multicultural people of Dunedin. Hear songs from all kinds of languages, news and updates from the multi ethnic community.

Lupe Sina (Samoan)
Information, support and entertainment for tina and tamaitai Samoa every week. Hosted by Christine Anesone and Erolia Rooney.

Lupe Fetala’i (Samoan)
Two hours of Samoan music, events and conversation, co-hosted by John and Christine from Lupe Fa’alele a Samoa I Otago. Thanks to Va’a o Tautai.


Noqu Viti lailai e Ōtepoti (Fijian)
What matters to us Fijian? Culture, religion, politics, study, immigration, language. This show is a platform where we talked and discuss about all these different issues that matter to us.

For information about making your own radio show/podcast,
contact: Lesley Paris OAR FM Manager manager@oar.org.nz Ph 471 6161