Turanga FM number one iwi radio station

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

Tūranga FM in Gisborne has taken out the Māori Radio Station of the Year award, in fact they got three gongs. So, let's meet the number one iwi radio team in the country and their drive to improve the quality of the reo. 

They're a tight knit bunch at Turanga FM and they have cause to celebrate, but it did come as a big surprise on the night.

"When Te Ururoa Flavell said Turanga FM we looked at each other, we sort of screamed with excitement but it was more like whaaat? We couldn't believe it!," says Walter 'The Wiz' Walsh.

Walsh received an award for his outstanding individual achievement to Māori radio after being in the broadcasting game for 25 years.

The radio station has been entertaining and informing the wider Gisborne audience since it first hit the airwaves in 1993, broadcasting in English and Te Reo Māori.

"We are always striving to develop and increase the quality of our Māori language, that is one of the main goals for us here at the station," says Turanga FM radio host Mike Hollis.

Māori Unit Co-ordinator at the station Tia Takarangi says one of their points of difference is they the station represents three different iwi in the area, "Even though we're small, there are three main iwi, it's awesome to work together, well, to try and work together hahaha."

With Tina Wickliffe at the helm, the news and current affairs team also picked up the award for best regional news and current affairs.