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Chris Foreman, Kris Johnson, Alessandra Keighley (station manager), Michelle Bent, Nicole Rex (NZ on Air), Anne Dawson, Dr Brian Pauling (father of NZ's Access sector)

About Us

Access Radio Taranaki is here to support and grow the Taranaki community by offering a broadcast voice to groups and people who might not otherwise be heard.

We broadcast on 104.4FM, live-streaming online and on-demand as podcasts.

Part of a network of independent radio stations, we're different from other public broadcasters because our programmes are made by, for and about people like you.

Access Radio shows are vital, engaging, representative and unique. They reflect Taranaki's many cultures and groups, and our most colourful people and interests.

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Background

The first independent access radio station was Wellington Access which began in 1981.  Plains FM, Christchurch, was next, starting with intermittent broadcasts in 1986 and full time broadcasting in 1988. Auckland quickly followed and by 1991 there were access stations in Dunedin, Invercargill and Hamilton. Later, Palmerston North, Nelson, and Hawkes Bay joined the format and then Kapiti Coast.

The newest member of the 'family' began broadcasting in New Plymouth in 2010.  It was the brainchild and dream of Daniel and Alessandra Keighley who, together, built and ran the station for the first few years with the help of a team of dedicated and loyal volunteers and part time employees. After Daniel’s sad and untimely passing in 2015, Alessandra took on the role of Station Manager and assembled the current Access Radio Taranaki team.

‘By’, ‘for’ and ‘about’ – are the three essential words in the world of community access broadcasting. ‘For’ and ‘about’ are objectives of all public broadcasters, but the word that sets access broadcasting apart is that little one: ‘by’.

 In community access broadcasting, the people are at the centre of the process and there is no editor. Throughout New Zealand real people are making local radio that is vital, engaging, representative and unique, reflecting our many cultures and collectives as well as some of our most colourful individuals and interests.

 

Access Radio Taranaki Mission Statement

Access Radio Taranaki 104.4FM will give a broadcast voice to women, youth, the children, the disabled, ethnic, religious, ethical, elders, men and other minorities and groups in the community by which to share within and beyond their group, their thoughts, beliefs, feelings, knowledge, culture and ideals.

 

Meet the team

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I love doing what I do.  I love seeing the difference communication makes in a community, creating a resource for people, connecting people, presenting unheard and underheard viewpoints, and cultivating respect and understanding between people.

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Alessandra Keighley

Station Manager

Anne

It's easy to come to work each day.   I am lucky to work with a great bunch of dedicated people who are all very talented in their roles and who make everyone that walks through the door feel welcomed and safe. I love seeing our show makers as their confidence grows and they become accustomed to having their voices heard. I love working for an organisation that is recognised as having integrity and a valued place in the community.

 

 

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Anne Dawson

Adminnovator / Operations Manager

Chris

I give Access Radio my time and expertise because I love facilitating the sharing of our local content, ideas and stories - things that matter- on a daily basis. 

When I’m not the Production/Audio Engineer at Access Radio Taranaki, I'll be out in the shed recording music, outside breaking and making stuff, or hanging out with my beautiful partner Melissa, daughter Lillie, son Monty, 3 cats and a three legged dog.

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Chris Foreman

Production Engineer

Michelle

Working at Access Radio Taranaki gives me the chance to help all kinds of people have their voices heard.  I love that every day brings new challenges, and new opportunities to work with the community.  

When not helping people on their broadcasting journeys, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, gardening, reading, and exploring the great outdoors.  My husband and 3 teenage sons keep me grounded.

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Michelle Bent

Community Liaison

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Working at Access Radio Taranaki allows me to meet and work with people from all walks of life and learn new skills along the way.  I've learned that we have a cool community willing to share a story and have fun at the same time.  When not behind the mic I'm listening to the latest music, and I'm not afraid to share it with everyone.

 

 

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Kris Johnson

Production Assistant

Board of Trustees

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Tēnā rā tātou. Ko Taranaki te maunga, ko Taranaki, ko Te Atiawa, ko Ngāruahine ngā iwi. Ko Te Aroha Hohaia tōku ingoa. 
 Access Radio Taranaki is a kaupapa that aligns closely with my own portfolio of interests that includes five other governance roles. When I'm not working in these roles, you will find me on play dates with the mokopuna and getting to grips with photography. 
Ōti nō, tēnā anō tātou katoa.

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Te Aroha Hohaia

Chair

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This is a true, local community radio station, allowing interesting individuals, groups and community organisations to express themselves, provide entertainment and views at the coal-face in a very hands-on way.

Outside of Access, what I most love doing is my garden, which is very special.

 

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Noel Cave

Trustee

John Middleton 1

I have been a trustee for Access Radio Taranaki Trust since the station began. I am supportive of the ethos of the station and I am very proud of what ART has achieved in its first 8 years.  I have been privileged during that time to meet and learn from many of the show makers and the wonderful staff who work very hard to ensure the success of the enterprise.

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John Middleton

Trustee

Lynn Bublitz 2

Welcome to Access Radio Taranaki 104.4FM - your community access radio station. We’re here to offer a broadcast voice to you – the people of Taranaki. It’s your voice, your choice.

 

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Lynn Bublitz

Trustee

Cathy Thurston 3

Welcome to Access Radio Taranaki 104.4FM - your community access radio station. We’re here to offer a broadcast voice to you – the people of Taranaki. It’s your voice, your choice.

 

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Cathy Thurston

Trustee

Dave Nunn

Welcome to Access Radio Taranaki 104.4FM - your community access radio station. We’re here to offer a broadcast voice to you – the people of Taranaki. It’s your voice, your choice.

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David Nunn

Trustee