Radio New Zealand

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Radio New Zealand
Māori: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa
Radio New Zealand House.JPG
Radio New Zealand House
Crown Entity overview
Formed 1995 (1995)
Preceding agencies Radio New Zealand (SOE)
New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation
National Broadcasting Service
New Zealand Broadcasting Board
Radio Broadcasting Company
Headquarters Radio New Zealand House, Wellington
Minister responsible Craig Foss, Minister of Broadcasting

Radio New Zealand (Māori: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa) is a New Zealand public service radio broadcaster and Crown entity formed by the Radio New Zealand Act 1995. It operates news, current affairs and arts network Radio New Zealand National and classical music and jazz network Radio New Zealand Concert with full government funding from New Zealand on Air. It is also responsible for the Radio New Zealand International Pacific shortwave service. It has a statutory role under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 to act as a lifeline utility in emergency situations.[1] It provides cassette, compact disc and podcast recordings of programming through its Replay Radio service. It also broadcasts all sittings of the Parliament of New Zealand through its Parliament-funded AM Network.

The broadcaster is bound by the Charter and Operating Principles included in the Radio New Zealand Act, which is reviewed by the Parliament of New Zealand every five years and was amended in 2004. The broadcaster is required to provoke debate and critical thought, reflect New Zealand and Māori cultural diversity, cater for varied ages and interests, promote music and drama and create a sense of national identity. It must operate a news service, an international shortwave service and an archiving programme. It must also produce and commission high quality programming based on research of public needs, and balance mass appeal and minority appeal programming. In achieving these objectives, it must be socially and financially responsible.[2]

Government-funded public service radio in New Zealand was historically provided by the Radio Broadcasting Company between 1925 and 1931, the New Zealand Broadcasting Board between 1931 and 1936, the National Broadcasting Service between 1936 and 1962, the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation between 1962 and 1975, and the Radio New Zealand state owned enterprise between 1975 and 1995. As part of the process of privatisation carried out by the fourth National government, the government's commercial radio operations were sold to private investors as The Radio Network and the government's non-commercial assets (known previously as New Zealand Public Radio) became the current Radio New Zealand Crown entity.[3][4][5]


Radio New Zealand National[edit]

Radio New Zealand National, formerly National Radio, is Radio New Zealand's general public service broadcaster. Flagship news and current affairs programmes Morning Report, Midday Report and Checkpoint total thirty hours every week and news updates are broadcast every hour. Its news service has specialist correspondents, reporters and a network of regional correspondents. Magazine programmes include a broad range of contributors, interviews, music pieces and dramas, with reports and regular features in English and Māori. The network provides coverage of science, politics, philosophy, religion, rural affairs, sports and other topics.

Of all radio stations in New Zealand, Radio New Zealand National's cumulative audience of 522,000 people makes it number one in terms of audience size nationwide. Its station share of 11% makes it number one in terms of station share in New Zealand (among people 15+, nationwide in the year 2011). Radio New Zealand.[6] Many of Radio New Zealand National’s major programmes were No.1 in their timeslot during 2012[7]

Radio New Zealand National broadcasts in AM and FM via mono terrestrial transmitters based around New Zealand and the Optus satellite. It is also available on Sky Digital TV channel 421, Freeview satellite channel 50, and in stereo on Freeview terrestrial channel 50.

Radio New Zealand Concert[edit]

Radio New Zealand Concert is FM radio network broadcasting classical and jazz music and regular news updates. The network was previously known as Concert FM but the name was changed as part of a wider name change within Radio New Zealand to associate Concert FM with the Radio New Zealand brand. Radio New Zealand Concert broadcasts in FM stereo via terrestrial transmitters located around New Zealand, as well as from the Optus satellite. It is also available on Sky Digital TV channel 502, and on Freeview's satellite and terrestrial services on channel 51. Concert features four full-time continuity presenters (Rick Young, David Morriss, Christine Argyle and Clarissa Dunn) and several part-time and specialist presenters. The playlist is among the most diverse and eclectic of the world's state run classical music networks.

Classic Morning (06:00 to 09:00) consists of hourly news updates, fifteen introduced pieces of music, a weekly competition (07:30) and a Live Diary of music events around New Zealand.[8] After another news update, an hour is dedicated to a Composer of the Week or Theme of the Week (09:00 to 10:00). The Works (10:00-12:00) features a four varied pieces, from the well-known to the obscure and the newly recorded to archive recordings.[9] In music and arts current affairs programme Upbeat (12:00-13:30), a news update is aired and Eva Radich discusses developments in a wide variety of music genres with reviewers, concert promoters, musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors, artists and other specialists.[10] A selection of music reflecting a particular historic era or a recent development in a certain area of music (13:30=14:00)[11] is followed by five Afternoon Requests (14:00-15:00).[12] CD Masters (15:00-16:00) includes a news update and back catalogue CD tracks[13] and Made in New Zealand (16:00-17:00) showcases New Zealand performers and composers with many original recordings.[14]

Cadenza (17:00-19:00) includes a news update and fifteen short, well-known classic pieces such as opera arias and choruses with a weekly competition (17:30) and a themed segment (18:00).[15] Appointment (19:00-20:00) is a timeslot for repeat broadcasts, feature programmes and specialist series. Music Alive (20:00-22:00) is a timeslot for overseas concerts from ABC Classic FM, European Broadcasting Union, or WFMT Radio Network on Wednesdays; an Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert on Thursdays, and an alternative music concert on Fridays. Day's End (22:00-24:00) includes a late night selection of music and a news update (23:00). Sound Lounge (Tuesdays 19:00-24:00) is a programme of contemporary music from the 20th and 21st centuries, hosted by Kate Mead, which combines classical, jazz, avante garde and popular music; the show usually includes a live concert (20:00), a feature programme (21:00) and a New Music Dreams music set (23:00). A five disc automated playlist of classical music, Music through the Night, plays every night from 00:00 to 06:00.[11]

Classic Morning Saturday (Saturdays 06:00-09:00) includes hourly Radio New Zealand News updates, the Best of Upbeat (Saturdays 09:00-10:00) includes three interviews from the previous week and Your Choice (Saturdays 10:00-12:00) includes listener requests. Radio New Zealand Concert Classical Chart (12:00-13:00) highlights the top 10 selling discs in New Zealand of the past week. The Art of Jazz with Phil Broadhurst (13:00-14:00) is sometimes replaced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Global Sounds (14:00-15:00) is followed by the Saturday Concert (15:00-18:00), Made in New Zealand (18:00-19:00) and song programme Vocalied (19:00-20:00). Music Alive (20:00-22:00) often features the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and is preceded by Day's End (22:00-24:00) and Music Through the Night (00:00-06:00).[11] Sunday programming includes spiritual music in Sanctuary (06:00-08:00), shorter tracks in Grace Notes (08:00-09:00), The Works (09:00-10:00), specialist programming (10:00-14:00, the Sunday Feature (14:00-15:00), Opera on Sunday (15:00-18:00), Made in New Zealand (18:00-19:00), New Horizons with William Dart (19:00-20:00), Young New Zealand music profiles (20:00-22:00), Day's End (22:00-24:00) and Music Through the Night (00:00-06:00).[11]

Radio New Zealand AM Network[edit]

Main article: AM Network

The AM Network is a network of radio transmitters operated by Radio New Zealand which broadcast all sittings of the Parliament of New Zealand through a contract with the Parliament. Sitting hours are seasonal, and may be extended due to certain circumstances, but are generally 14:00 to 18:00 Tuesday to Thursday and 19:30 to 22:00 Tuesday and Wednesday.[16] AM Network Parliamentary coverage is also streamed online, with podcasts and transcripts available. To help fund the operation of the station, Radio New Zealand has leased the remaining hours to Christian broadcaster Rhema Broadcasting Group since 1997, which uses the frequencies to broadcast the low-budget easy listening Southern Star network.[17]

Transmitters in the North Island are located in Auckland on AM 882 kHz, Napier on AM 909 kHz and Wellington on AM 657 kHz; a transmitter for Hamilton on AM 1494 kHz was added in 2007. Transmitters in the South Island are located in Christchurch on AM 963 kHz and Dunedin on AM 900 kHz; a transmitter for Invercargill on AM 1314 kHz was also added in 2007. The transmitters were previously used by The Concert Programme before it moved to FM broadcasting.[18]

Radio New Zealand International[edit]

Radio New Zealand International broadcasts on shortwave and DRM to neighbouring countries in the Pacific from transmitters located at Rangitaiki, near Taupo, in the North Island. There also is a relay via WRN Broadcast and a livestream on the internet.

Other services[edit]

Radio New Zealand News[edit]

Politics Brent Edwards
Parliament Jane Patterson
Business Jenny Ruth
Economics Patrick O'Meara
Health Karen Brown
Education John Gerritsen
Auckland Todd Niall
Regional Correspondents Lois Williams, Andrew McRae, Steve Wilde, Ian Telfer, Alison Hossain, Peter Fowler

The network also broadcasts the flagship news programme Morning Report, which airs weekday mornings between 6am and 9am. The programme is presented by Guyon Espiner and Susie Ferguson. Half hourly bulletins are read by award-winning news reader Nicola Wright. ‘Morning Report’ provides comprehensive coverage of national and international news, with reports from an experienced team of reporters and specialist correspondents. It won ‘Best News Programme’ at the Qantas Media Awards in 2005, and "Best Programme" at the Radio Awards in 2008 and 2009. The programme has in-depth bulletins of rural, sports, Māori (Te Manu Korihi news) and business news, and news from around the Pacific.

Radio New Zealand National’s award-winning drive-time news programme ‘Checkpoint’ airs from 5pm-7pm, Monday-Friday. It is presented by experienced journalist Mary Wilson. The programme is a comprehensive round-up of the day’s national and international news. 'Midday Report' provides an hour of news at lunch-time.

Radio New Zealand's news centre is located in the country's capital, Wellington. The broadcaster also has newsrooms in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawkes Bay, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. It operates a press gallery in the Beehive, the country's Parliament.

Radio New Zealand News has a team of correspondents, breaking stories and filing reports for news bulletins and programmes.[edit]

The Radio New Zealand website,, was launched in October 2005 and includes news coverage, programme information, online station streaming and podcasting. Radio New Zealand National, Radio New Zealand Concert, AM Network Parliament coverage, and Radio New Zealand International are available as Windows Media Audio streams. Almost all Radio New Zealand produced programmes (excepting some with music) are available back to Jan 2008, and have MP3 and Ogg Vorbis and download and podcasts options. However, some material is not available due to insufficient copyright clearances. The website has been awarded the Qantas Media Award for Best Website Design in 2007, a New Zealand Open Source Award in 2008,[19] and New Zealand Radio Award for Best Radio Website in 2009.

The site was re-launched on 26 May 2013 with a new design and a custom CMS built using the open source Ruby On Rails framework.

The Wireless[edit]

In October 2013, Radio New Zealand launched the youth-focussed website The Wireless.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 (2002 No 30)
  2. ^ Radio New Zealand Act 1995 (1995 No 52)
  3. ^ Radio New Zealand Act (No 2) 1995 (1995 No 53)
  4. ^ "New Zealand Legislation". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand Legislation". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  6. ^ "Radio New Zealand About Us". 2011-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Radio New Zealand Tops Ratings for 2012". Radio New Zealand. 
  8. ^ "Radio New Zealand Concert : Programmes A - Z : Classic Morning". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  9. ^ "Radio New Zealand Concert : Programmes A - Z : The Works". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  10. ^ "Radio New Zealand Concert : Programmes A - Z : Upbeat". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Radio New Zealand Concert : Schedules". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  12. ^ "Radio New Zealand Concert : Programmes A - Z : Afternoon Requests". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  13. ^ "Radio New Zealand Concert : Programmes A - Z : CD Masters". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  14. ^ "Radio New Zealand Concert : Programmes A - Z : Made in New Zealand". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  15. ^ "Radio New Zealand Concert : Programmes A - Z : Cadenza". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  16. ^ "New Zealand Parliament House sitting programme". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  17. ^ "About Southern Star". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  18. ^ "AM Network". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  19. ^ "Previous Finalists and Winners - 2008 Winners". New Zealand Open Source Awards. New Zealand Open Source Society. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 

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