Flava (New Zealand)

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FLAVA LOGO main one to use.jpg
2010 logo
Broadcast area 8 markets in New Zealand
Slogan Hip hop Hits & RnB
Format RnB
Owner NZME Radio
Webcast Auckland
Website www.flava.co.nz

Flava (formerly known as Cool Blue 96.1) is a New Zealand Hip Hop and contemporary R&B music radio network. The network's breakfast programme is presented by Tarsh, Bro Town co-creator David Fane, and radio producer Pete Marsden.

The network is owned by NZME Radio, and is operated and produced from the company's Auckland offices and studios on the corner of Cook and Nelson Streets. It competes directly with MediaWorks New Zealand's Auckland urban music station Mai FM.


Cool Blue logo.

Flava began as Cool Blue, broadcasting on 96.1 FM in Auckland between 2001 and 2004. Unlike other radio stations operated by The Radio Network, Cool Blue was only available in the Auckland region and not networked to other regions. Due to low ratings The Radio Network stopped operation of Cool Blue and used the frequency to start Flava.

Weeks after Cool Blue went off the air on FM, a similar Cool Blue station resumed broadcasting online as an independent non-commercial non-profit internet-only radio station. It continues to play Jazz and Blues music with some elements of R&B, Rock and Roll, Folk music.[1]

Flava's flagship Auckland station broadcasts on 95.8 FM, in the same market as the original Mai FM.


Full Phat Breakfast[edit]

Flava's flagship breakfast programme, the Full Phat Breakfast, is hosted by Tarsh, David Fane and Pete "da Palagi" Marsden. It features news, sport and weather updates drawn from the resources of Newstalk ZB.

Fane is an award-winning actor of Samoan descent, who first appeared on television in sketch comedy show SKITZ, co-founded the Naked Samoans with Oscar Kightley and Robbie Magasiva, and played a leading role in Sione's Wedding. Alongside his role as breakfast anchor, Kane has performed in The Tattooist, bro'Town, Outrageous Fortune and as the lead in Diplomatic Immunity.[2]

Other programmes[edit]

The station's morning Takeover programme is hosted by Tarsh, Eru P hosts afternoons, the drive programme is hosted by Johnson Raela, and the night show is hosted by Daz. Friday and Saturday nights are hosted by DJ Manchoo.

The SNP Show with Sela Alo and Pua Magasiva airs Saturday mornings, Eru P hosts Saturday afternoons, The Best of the Full Phat Breakfast is broadcast on Sunday mornings, Eru P hosts Sunday days and Daz hosts Sunday afternoons. The Dirty 30 Countdown with Regan White & Johnson Raela airs from 7pm Sunday nights.[3]


FM frequencies[edit]

Market Location Frequency
1. Northland Whangarei 106.0 FM
2. Auckland Auckland 95.8 FM
3. Bay of Plenty Tauranga 99.0 FM
4. Rotorua Rotorua 89.5 FM
5. Hawke's Bay Napier 96.7 FM
6. Taranaki New Plymouth 106.0 FM
7. Wellington Wellington 104.5 FM
8. Canterbury Christchurch 88.0 FM
9. Canterbury Christchurch 107.7 FM
10. Otago Dunedin 88.6 FM


  1. ^ Cool Blue Website
  2. ^ Burrows, Melanya (2 March 2005). "A friendship caught in a cultural collision". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Flava". The New Zealand Herald. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 

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