May 15, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views


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On Saturday 13 November, Ngaruawahias Jesmond Street will host some of the hottest new music talent to emerge on the local scene at the free Loud & Proud concert hosted by Radio Tainui. The concert wraps up a two week long on air celebration marking Radio Tainuis 21 years on air.

Radio Tainui was conceived 21 years ago as a voice for the people and a vehicle to deliver our language Te Reo maori into the homes of our whanau. The first broadcast went to air on 1 November 1989 and was witnessed by a number of excited onlookers some of whom have gone on to become household names.

It was their determination and belief in this kaupapa that guaranteed its success in the early years and ensured it would remain a focal point for the promotion and preservation Te reo maori me ona tikanga for years to come.

21 years on Radio Tainui continues to pump the airwaves with innovative and smart Maori language programmes and some of the best Rn B, reggae and maori music on offer, all of which is hinged together by some of the most talented announcers in the business and the support of a very small team of dedicated staff. Trina Koroheke General Manager says even though we are few in numbers it is amazing to look back over the past 12 plus months to see what we have undertaken in terms of community engagement. The fruits of which are proven as Radio Tainui re-emerged as a contender for market share with favourable results in the recent Research International survey.

The Loud & Proud concert is the big finale to our 21st birthday celebrations and aims to bring together not only the local community but also listeners from the wider communities throughout our coverage area which spans the greater Waikato region. It will be a fun filled day of memories, live entertainment, market stalls and activities for children, as well as loads of giveaways up for grabs. Our line-up boasts some of our best local talent and includes artists such as Cornerstone Roots, Zion Hill, Knights of the Dub Table, Native sons, Ni-n-Jah, Batta-lion, Phul-ama, Statik West, Adam Whauwhau and Dance crew Anonymous as well as Ruia Aperahama. Whanau are encouraged to grab their deck chairs and come along!

For more information contact

Karam Fletcher
Radio Tainui
DDI: 07 824 5652
Mob: 0273725735


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