On an ‘unexpectedly summery winter’s morning’, Atiu 100 FM made her first official broadcast under student announcers Francis Issac and Ngamata Tangianau. Fellow Media Studies students filled out the remainder of the day amidst laughter, nerves and goodwill from around the pa enua.
Guests at the opening ceremony included local dignitaries, community representatives and the school community of Enuamanu. Speakers at the ceremony talked about radio and other media as a valuable means to inform, entertain and educate.
Atiu’s resident priest, Father Bostino, spoke about the power of the Gospels, transmitted over millennia, which have provided guidance, hope and inspiration for millions of people.
Papa Roger Malcom outlined Atiu’s radio broadcasting history, beginning in 1989 in a local kitchen, and including Enuamanu School’s previous station, which ran from 1991 to 2002.
The latest station, Atiu 100 FM, is kindly sponsored by the Ausaid Development Assistance Programme.
Initial staffing will come from Apii Enuamanu’s NCEA Level 2 and 3 Media Studies students. Air time will become available for all of the school’s children and interested community members in time. “One ton and full of fun” refers not only to Radio Atiu’s broadcast frequency of 100 FM but also to the “ton” of planning, labour and love that has gone into launching the station.
It is an initiative which offers great opportunities for the island’s children and community to gain education, experience and exposure in broadcasting. The station also holds huge potential for the preservation, development and expression of Atiuan cultural identity through locally-produced language, performance, discussion and debate.
Ko Ratio Atiu te reo karangaranga o te iti tangata o Enuamanu, e rere atu ki te pa enua, ko te reo te uki ou e tere ana ki mua.