Hori Chapman, the Chair of Radio Tautoko says it’s hard to believe the hub of the community of Mangamuka was consumed by fire last night.
The community and staff are still in shock and the station played a major role in the small northland settlement.
Mr Chapman says over the years renovations had been made to improve the building and provide a more comfortable and effective space for workers, guests and members of the community. He says its a great disappointment that all that work and effort has gone up in flames.
In November 2009 the station celebrated the addition of a film and audio recording facility, a new on air studio as well as an upgraded building and office space.
Mr Chapman says while the fire was a devastating blow, the next step is to ensure work continues and look at how they will get the station back up and running again.
Messages of support and offers of assistance have flooded social media since the fire last night and local authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
Tautoko FM first went to air in 1988 and working in conjunction with Te Whare Awhina o te Iwi Community Trust became the first Māori broadcaster in Te Taitokerau.