RNZ National

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RNZ National
Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa Ā-Motu
RNZ National logo.svg
Broadcast areaNew Zealand
OwnerRadio New Zealand
RNZ Concert
RNZ Pacific
First air date
Former names
Radio New Zealand National (2007–2015)
National Radio (1925–2007)
WebcastLive stream
WebsiteOfficial website

RNZ National (Māori: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa Ā-Motu), formerly Radio New Zealand National, and known until 2007 as the National Programme or National Radio, is a publicly funded non-commercial New Zealand English-language radio network operated by Radio New Zealand. It specialises in programmes dedicated to news, the arts, music, and New Zealand culture generally, including some material in the Māori language. Historically the programme was broadcast on the (AM) "YA" stations 1YA, 2YA, 3YA and 4YA in the main centres.

In 2013, RNZ National had a 10.3 per cent market share, the highest nationwide and up from 9.1 per cent in 2009. Market share peaked at 11.1 per cent in 2011, probably due to the station's coverage of the Christchurch earthquake. In 2014 493,000 people listened to RNZ National over the course of a week – the second-largest cumulative audience.[1] A 2021 survey estimated 609,800 listeners (13.5% of the 10+ population), Morning Report being the most popular, with 434,000 listeners.[2]

Its sister station is RNZ Concert.


RNZ National's programming is distributed via several means. RNZ National was the first network in New Zealand to incorporate the Radio Data System in its FM signal. Most FM frequencies are 101FM state-owned public service licences and some are held by non-profit community organisations. RNZ National broadcasts its FM signal in mono, but the on-line and terrestrial Freeview HD services are available in stereo.[3]

RNZ-owned frequencies[edit]

RNZ-owned frequencies on which RNZ National is broadcast

These are the RNZ-owned frequencies of RNZ National:

Other broadcasting methods[edit]

Community-owned frequencies on which RNZ National is broadcast

These are the community-owned frequencies and other broadcasting methods of RNZ National:


  1. ^ MacDonald, Nikki (16 March 2014). "Musical chairs at Radio NZ". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 23 May 2022 – via Stuff.
  2. ^ "RNZ : Audience Research". RNZ. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  3. ^ "RNZ distribution; AM/FM frequencies, mono/stereo, RDS". Radio New Zealand. 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.

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