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.
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.