Ra­dio gets cut off

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

A fam­ily shift­ing out of a New­lands home has meant Hutt-based Maori ra­dio sta­tion Ati­awa Toa FM has been off air in the Tawa and Porirua dis­trict since Septem­ber 17.

What’s the con­nec­tion? The sta­tion had its Porirua trans­mit­ter box on the roof of the house.

Ati­awa Toa FM man­ager Wi­rangi Luke said the sta­tion had an ar­range­ment with the for­mer own­ers, pay­ing them an an­nual fee to cover power, in­con­ve­nience, in­sur­ance, etc.

Mr Luke said when the for­mer own­ers sold the house re­cently, it seems that in all the rush they for­got to tell the buyer about the deal.

‘‘The first we knew about it was when [our sig­nal in Porirua] went off air [on Mon­day],’’ Mr Luke said.

Lat­est sur­veys put Ati­awa Toa FM as the No 1 sta­tion for Maori and Pa­cific Is­land lis­ten­ers in the re­gion.

Caught by sur­prise, the new own­ers of the house have de­cided they don’t want the trans­mit­ter on the roof.

Ati­awa Toa FM is on an ‘‘ur­gent’’ hunt to find an­other home or build­ing owner some­where be­tween Ken­more St and the Wood­bridge area, will­ing to house the trans­mit­ter for an an­nual fee.

Contact Mr Luke on 587-1643 if you are in­ter­ested.

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