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Friday, 22 March 2019 11:43 am

Live birdsong from Kapiti Island to Paris on Paekakariki 88.2

ISLAND MUSIC: Kapiti Island live sounds can be heard at Paekakariki 88.2FM. IMAGE: Helen Keivom

TUNE IN to a radio station and what are the chances of hearing live native birdsong? Pretty good, if you live around Paekakariki and switch your radio dial to Paekakariki 88.2 FM.

Listeners in Paekakariki can tune in to the station, which can stretch to high points in Raumati South and parts of Pukerua Bay, or it can be heard via online streaming as far away as Paris.

The new station went to air in early February, and can be heard on radio, or streaming online anywhere in the world. The fare is community news, performances, specialist shows and, when there are no scheduled broadcasts, birdsong transmitted live from  Kapiti Island.

Paekakariki 88.2 FM is supported by Groundtruth, a company that uses science, technology and community engagement to manage ecosystems and productive landscapes. It provides advice and technical support for the management of forests, vegetation and ecosystem resources.

With Groundtruth’s remote monitoring equipment,  its staff are able to provide a live audio feed from a listening station on Kapiti Island to Paekakariki 88.2 FM. The listening station on the island, which operates 24 hours a day, was established with the support of local iwi Ngāti Toa and the Department of Conservation.

“Groundtruth are very pleased to be able to support our local community radio station and supply transmission equipment and technical support,” says Sarah Te One, chairwoman of PICI (Paekakariki Informed Community Incorporated), the organisation that set up and oversees the station.

“Paekakariki 88.2 FM is the latest community media platform PICI is working on at present,” explains Sarah. PICI applies for funding for community-based projects that meet its objectives, such as Paekakariki 88.2 FM.

Under the governance of PICI, the station’s broadcasters and DJs are freed up to develop and produce programmes.

Arts specialist Mark Amery, who lives in Paekakariki, hosts a two-hour show from 6pm until 8pm including news, interviews and musical performances. Mark has worked as an art critic, writer, editor and broadcaster for many years across arts and mainstream media.

“PICI’s aim is to support Paekakariki, help get projects like this off the ground and encourage others to support this radio station to enable it to continue to operate,” says Sarah.

“The  radio station, whose shows first run from 5pm-11pm on Sundays and are repeated each day, is on a three-month pilot period, and the PICI governance body is exploring how to fund and maintain this project,” says Sarah.

It’s all up to the local community, she says, about how they go about developing the station.

Paekakariki 88.2FM or online at



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