Wairarapa’s Community Access Media Station (radio and video)
We have a staff of two in a non-hierarchical management structure, that allows us to handle each others’ jobs when one of us is away. We provide access to over 40 different community organisations and individuals, representing the long, thin region that is the Wairarapa. Ours was the second Access station to be established in Aotearoa (after Wellington) although we have operated 24/7 only since November 2000. In 2016, we collaborated with Wairarapa Television to provide video content, and now most of our programmes are also available in visual format, uploading automatically to our website and to WaiTV (Freeview 41), the WaiTV phone app and a dedicated You Tube channel. Programmes cover disability issues and lifestyles, mental health, a range of ethnic and indigenous cultures, Te Reo and tikanga Maori, different ideologies and religious beliefs… the usual Access priorities. Our programme-makers manage all aspects of their shows, from content and style to the technical requirements of running live-to-air radio and television.