Hol­lah for new home

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Porirua’s Hol­lah FM has found a new home at Whi­tireia New Zealand’s lo­cal cam­pus, pro­vid­ing an out­let for prac­ti­cal ra­dio ex­pe­ri­ence for bud­ding broad­cast­ers.

Sta­tion co-founder La’i Le­pou said the Hol­lah team wanted to leave a legacy in their com­mu­nity.

‘‘We take a lot of stu­dents in from all over Porirua and they all love it, which is awe­some,’’ she said.

‘‘Our dream for Hol­lah is to have the ra­dio sta­tion grow and not have us be there for­ever but pass our knowl­edge on to peo­ple.’’

Though Hol­lah will work with Whi­tireia, giv­ing stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence on-air and be­hind the scenes, it has not been bought by the poly­tech, re­main­ing an in­de­pen­dent op­er­a­tion.

The sta­tion launched in 2007, a labour of love for Ms Le­pou, Paula Strick­land, Alofa Lopati and Julie Lo­manu, with help from a tight-knit team of men­tors.

Ms Le­pou says they wanted to give a voice to young peo­ple in the area.

‘‘When we all fin­ished at ra­dio school and we knew we had to move out of Welling­ton to find a ra­dio job but none of us wanted to move,’’ Ms Le­pou said.

‘‘Ra­dio is our pas­sion and in or­der to fol­low that pas­sion our only choice was to start our own sta­tion. We wanted to tar­get youth in Porirua.

‘‘Heaps of peo­ple think we’re a Pasi­fika sta­tion and we are proud to be part of that com­mu­nity but we speak to all youth, not just Pasi­fika.

‘‘Youth to us is any­one who is young-minded. I’m get­ting old [32] and I still think I’m young.’’

Over the past three years the sta­tion had evolved into a hub for any­one in need, she said.

‘‘We’re not youth work­ers but this ra­dio sta­tion has given us the op­por­tu­nity for so many young peo­ple. We’ve had peo­ple knock­ing on our doors. We’ll take them in, take them home, feed them if they need it.’’

She said the ra­dio would be­gin on­line stream­ing in the new year.

Tune into Hol­lah on its new fre­quency: 107.7FM.

Loud and proud: One of Hol­lah FM’s founders La’i Le­pou says the move to Whi­tireia cam­pus will give young broad­cast­ers a chance to get be­hind the mi­cro­phone.

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