Shock and sadness is reverberating around the country tonight with news that historic iwi radio station, Tautoko FM has been destroyed by fire.
TautokoFM social media admin announced the incident saying they were devastated yet relieved that no one was hurt in the fire.
Tautoko FM was the first iwi station in Taitokerau and first launched in 1983, over time “they became the backbone to the aspirations of the local Iwi”.
Julian Wilcox, Communications Manager at Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, shared this photo:
— Julian Wilcox (@julianwilcox) May 18, 2015
Mana Movement co-leader and fellow broadcaster, Hone Harawira also shared a message of support saying;
“Radio TAUTOKO was the first. They showed us the dream. They showed us how to do it. They gave us hope.
They gave us shelter.
They gave us love.
They challenged us.
They set the standard.
They have always been the benchmark. And when they get past this disastrous fire, they will rise again to be the tuakana they have always been to Maori radio right across the north. Love to the Tautoko whanau. Cyril – you know where to find us when you need us brother … anytime. HONE and the TEHIKU whanau”
Te Reo Takiwa o Tautoko was a collective effort of Iwi, pulling together local hapu and whanau, to establish a Radio Station in order to give voice to the people within the Hokianga and surrounding communities and it’s “commitment to the revival of Te Reo me ona Tikanga”.
Te Whare Awhina o te Iwi Community Trust was established in 1983 and soon became the backbone “to the aspirations of the local Iwi”.
Our whanau at TangataWhenua.com want to send all our aroha to Tautoko FM and offer all of our support over these next few weeks, months and years. He mihi aroha ki a koutou te tuakana – tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.