|Broadcast area||New Zealand|
Auckland 88.6 FM
|First air date||1992|
|Format||Hip hop and RnB|
Mai FM is New Zealand's biggest Hip Hop and RnB radio station with a commitment to the Māori language and culture. Mai FM is located in Auckland, and the station broadcasts into 10 markets. Mai FM targets the age bracket of 15 - 34 year olds. According to the latest National Commercial Radio Audience Measurement Survey Results (T2/2014) Mai FM has over 209,000 different listeners each week.
Mai FM began broadcasting to Auckland in July 1992. It was run by one of the largest Maori tribes in New Zealand, Ngati Whatua, and Mai Media. Between 1996 and 2005 Mai FM also operated a second station, Ruia Mai, on 1179 AM in Auckland with all programming in the Māori language.
From 1996 to 2001 Mai FM could be heard in Christchurch on 90.5 FM, due to an agreement between Ngati Whatua and Kai Tahu iwi. Originally the station was 90.5 Tahu FM, with local on air talent, and formatted with the Mai FM Auckland music. In late 2001 the agreement between Ngati Whatua and Kai Tahu Iwi ended and the Mai FM branding of the station in Christchurch ceased, reverting to its original name of Tahu FM. In 1996 Ngati Whatua also came to an agreement with the Te Arawa iwi to broadcast Mai FM in Rotorua on 96.7 FM, over the years the frequency changed to 99.1 and is now broadcasting on 105.5.
On 29 February 2008 it was announced that MediaWorks New Zealand had bought the station and would take it over on 31 March 2008. Since the Mediaworks' take over there has been significant programming and branding changes as well as the creation of the Mai FM network.
Mai FM is a networked station with all shows and music broadcasting from its Auckland studios.
- "MediaWorks buys Mai FM". www.stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2008-02-29.