The Community Access Media Alliance is the national body for the 12 community radio stations across Aotearoa. Our vision is for all people to have a space in the media.


Access media turns 40 and releases book

Access media throughout Aotearoa are celebrating a milestone – turning 40 and launching a book about their history.

Whether your interest is Buddhism or feminism, mental health issues or niche music tastes, or maintaining your culture through your heritage language – there is a programme for that on access media.

Celebrating the 40 year milestone warranted a book. Sharing the mic – the history of community access radio in Aotearoa New Zealand was launched tonight in the Grand Hall at Parliament at an event hosted by Minister of Broadcasting and Media Hon. Kris Faafoi.

Researched and co-written by Brian Pauling and Bronwyn Beatty of the NZ Broadcasting School/Ara in Christchurch the book travels the country, chronicling the people and stories that have shaped community access media.

CAMA Chair Jo Holsted says, “To those of us who live and breathe it, access radio has always felt both hugely important and almost entirely improbable in the media landscape. It’s a bold, radical, and deeply democratic concept.”

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Broadcasting for, by, and about communities for the last 40 years. Last year we produced 25,086 hours of content in more than 49 languages.