Saturday August 02, 2014   Last updated 03:51AM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am
The Midnight Special
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Waatea Glass Logo 1


 

Radio Waatea - Urban Maori Radio in Tamaki Makaurau


Radio Waatea is Aucklands’ only Māori radio station that provides an extensive bi-lingual broadcast to its listeners. Based at Nga Whare Waatea marae in Mangere, it is located in the middle of the biggest Maori population in Aotearoa.
 

Background


UMA Broadcasting Ltd was established in 1999 by the Urban Māori Authorities, namely the Manukau Urban Māori Authority and Te Whanau a Waipareira Charitable Trust, as an entity to seek, foster and develop opportunities for urban Mâori in broadcasting.

Since its inception UMA Broadcasting has set up the Māori radio station in Tamaki Makaurau Te Reo Irirangi o Waatea (Waatea 603am) and is a key stakeholder with the 96.6 FM frequency which George FM broadcast off in Tamaki.

Essentially both stations were set up as vehicles to deliver the UMA Broadcasting vision.

“The promotion, retention and enhancement of te reo Māori me oona tikanga for an urban Māori and non Māori audience.”

Within the context of this statement, UMA Broadcasting recognizes its main imperative to foster amongst Māori and non-Māori positive attitudes towards, and accurate beliefs about the Māori language and living culture, so that Māori-English bilingualism becomes a valued part of New Zealand society.

The organisation also recognises and acknowledges that English is the first language for the vast majority of Māori and therefore we have made a conscious decision to programme a radio station that meets the needs of everyone in English and Te Reo Māori.

The company holds the frequency and management rights to Auckland’s only Māori radio station Radio Waatea 603am. In addition under its Waatea News and Current Affairs service the company delivers the National Māori Language News and Current Affairs service to the iwi radio network, a collective of 21 independent stations across the country. It also provides bilingual news and current affairs products to the iwi network and 4 Community Access stations.

The company has developed a number of strong relationships with its key stakeholders, including the Māori radio network (Te Whakaruruhau), Māori broadcasting funding agency Te Māngai Pāho, the Office of the Minister of Māori Affairs Te Puni Kokiri, New Zealand on Air and Māori Television

 

Coverage


The Waatea 603am coverage encompasses the greater Auckland area, Manukau City, Waitemata, north to Whangaparoa and south to the Waikato region. Plus key broadcast pockets in Tauranga, Whakatane, Taranaki and Hauraki, while its national programmes and services guarantees national coverage hourly, daily and weekly via the iwi radio network and Access Community stations
 

Programming


Waatea 603am broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a format that is aimed primarily at a 35+ Māori audience.

Radio Waatea’s range of programmes includes Māori and English language news and current affairs, talk radio as well as an eclectic mix of contemporary r&b and old skool music. 

Independent research has shown that programmes Waatea provide have a wide appeal and the station enjoys a strong, fiercely loyal listenership from both a large Māori and non-Māori audience, as well as a growing number of younger listeners within the 25-35 age group.
 
WEBAD - TWoAotearoa - Computing
Waipareira2
TWP 31072014 - Tina Wickliffe
Tina Wickliffe | Tina is the Producer of Te Wero 2014 Political debates kicking off tomorrow night on Radio Waatea and your Iwi Station lets hear straight from the horses mouths why you should vote for them
TWP 31072014 - Kevin Hackwell
Forest and Bird Kevin Hackwell | The Maui dolphin are under threat
TWP 31072014 - Te Ururoa Flavell
Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell | Things are heating up as the election day nears theres a number of opinion polls. Te Ururoa disputes one of these polls.
TWP 31072014 - Hone Harawira
Mana Leader Hone Harawira | NZ First leader Winston Peters says he wont be part of a coalition with erither the Maori or Mana Party. Hone Harawira says Mana is Maori-led and driven by kaupapa Maori, but its tribe is all the poor and dispossessed
TWP 31072014 - Sonny Tau
Chairman Ngapuhi Runanga Sonny Tau | Sonny Tau says the appointment of people to the body that will oversee treaty settlement negotiations in the north is a major step forward.He says the 22-strong group is well balanced
TWP 31072014 - Lucy Hammond
Lucy Hammond | A unique and widely anticipated exhibition featuring the fashions of the late Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan ONZ
Manako 31072014 - Pt 2 of 6 Mere Mangu
Mere Mangu | Lawyer Mere Mangu is part of a 22 strong group to settle neogtiations for Ngapuhi
Manako 31072014 - Pt 3 of 6 Horomona Horo
Horomona Horo | Voices of the Land: Nga Reo o Te Whenua focuses on the work of the late Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns and their protege Horomona Horo, as well as traditional instrument maker Brian Flintoff.
Race Card Time
OPINION: You know there is an election on when politicians start playing the race card. And that’s what’s been happening over the last few weeks.
Sad for Claudette
OPINION: I’m disappointed that National list MP Claudette Hauiti has pulled the pin on her political career.
Collins in trouble again
OPINION: Just when Justice Minister Judith Collins thought it was safe to start swimming again in the political pool, another jaws like scandal has emerged that could take the air out of her inflatable life jacket.
0
WEBAD - Fortis Cars Ad1
WaateaFuneral
 
TMP2

Opinion Poll

Previous Poll

Which party are you most likely to vote for?
39% - Maori Party
15% - Greens
14% - Internet Mana
0% - Conservatives
1% - Legalise Cannabis
3% - National
0% - Act
26% - Labour
2% - NZ First
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.