Radio gets cut off
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.