Star (New Zealand)

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Broadcast area New Zealand
Frequency 17 frequencies
Owner Rhema Media
Website Official website

Star (known as Southern Star until 2015) plays the Christian music you’ve loved for years! We’re a home for the Great Hymns of The Faith, Great Southern Gospel and easy-listening music of the last few decades and today. Added in to the mix are great teaching programmes and easy-going and uplifting chat with the hosts. The announcers are well-known and much-loved. Cathy Jenke is there to start the day at six! Peter Shaw takes care of listeners in the mornings, Dudley Scantlebury keeps things full of life in the afternoon, and Aaron Ironside is great company for the drive home at the end of the day. Star reflects that life really does begin at 50 and has the music and teaching programmes to prove it, but... don’t tell the kids!

Previous hosts include Rachel Thomas, Brian Ferguson, Glen Stephenson, UCB staff James Totton, Katikati His FM manager Rob Holding, Andrew Urquhart and Diane Campbell. Contributors include landscape designer and gardening expert Debbie Olsen, who previously hosted a gardening show on sister station Rhema.[1]

Star was set up through a lease on spare programming time when Radio New Zealand's AM Network is not broadcasting sittings of the New Zealand Parliament, and also broadcasts on FM frequencies in minor centres. Rhema Media described the playlist as "a smooth and easy blend of music from people you know and trust", including modern hymns, easy listening tracks and instrumentals.[2] Radio educator Peter Hoar described its programmes as "a bit of smooth talking about the Bible, Christian living and God in general" with a firm believe in the infallibility of the Bible.[3]

AM Network[edit]

The AM Network is operated by Radio New Zealand under a similar contract, and uses a nationwide set of AM broadcasting transmitters that were previously used by The Concert Programme before it switched to FM broadcasting. The broadcasts are also available online, via live-streaming and through on-demand podcasts. The AM Network's Parliamentary broadcasts do not include continuity announcers or news bulletins, unlike other Radio New Zealand networks.

In total, Radio New Zealand produces an estimated 17 hours of live Parliamentary broadcasting and just over an hour of packaged extracts. The Radio New Zealand smartphone app allows listeners to follow individual Parliamentary sittings on Apple and Android mobile devices. The broadcaster claims its iPhone App has been downloaded more than 50,000 times since it was first introduced in 2011.[4]

The AM Network's closedown hours were originally used by Sports Roundup. Since 1997, Christian broadcaster Rhema Media has consistently leased this time to broadcast the low-budget easy listening Star radio network.[5] Despite AM Network being technically owned by Radio New Zealand, Star broadcasts Newstalk ZB Affiliates Unit hourly news bulletins during the air time it leases.[6] AM Network's North Island frequencies are Auckland 882 AM, Waikato 1494 AM, Hawke's Bay 909 AM and Wellington 657 AM. On the South Island, it broadcasts on Canterbury 963 AM, Dunedin 900 AM and Invercargill 1314 AM.


North Island[edit]

South Island[edit]


  1. ^ "About us". Sanctuary Gardens. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Southern Star". Rhema Broadcasting Group. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Hoar, Peter. "Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet". The joy or radio. Peter Hoar. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "AM Network". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  5. ^ "About Southern Star". Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Newstalk ZB Affiliates Service". Newstalk ZB. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 

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