Te Reo Irirangi O Turanganui A Kiwa was established by Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa in 1992 as a Private Limited Liability Company and registered under the 1955 Companies Act. Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa is the licence holder for the station and owns the company one hundred percent.
The prime objective of Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa is to promote, pursue and advance the cultural, economic, spiritual, social well-being and prosperity of Iwi.
Te Reo Irirangi O Turanganui A Kiwa traces its origins to the New Zealand Maori Council and Nga Kaiwhakapumau I Te Reo in the case heard by Waitangi Tribunal and the Courts in 1988.
The Waitangi Report stated the Crown must accept that:
- The Maori Language is a taonga recognised and protected by the Treaty of Waitangi
- The guarantee of protection obliges the Crown to act affirmatively to sustain and protect Te Reo
- As part of these overall obligations the Maori Language and Culture must have a secure place in broadcasting
This decision was preceded in May 1987 at which time Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa ran a pilot radio broadcast for five days from the Tairawhiti Polytechnic. Due to the popularity and obvious benefits of this inaugural broadcast Iwi mandated the decision of Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa to establish an Iwi Radio Station.
In 1991 Te Kakano, the pre-cursor to Te Reo Irirangi O Turanganui A Kiwa broadcasted to Turanganui A Kiwa through the advanced MACCESS Radio Skills course. This initiative helped to identity and clarify specific needs and the requirements of our radio station.
Added to this was the outcome of an in-depth market survey carried out over the summer period of 1991/1992 which confirmed expectations that a radio station would be a viable business offering a good return from advertising. Therefore, on Sunday 11 January 1993 Te Reo Irirangi O Turanganui A Kiwa commenced broadcasting. The Board of Directors was formed and received an annual operating grant from New Zealand On Air until Te Mangai Paho took over the administration of the funding for Maori Radio Stations in 1995.
Trading under the name Turanga FM, our station broadcasts from transmitters located at Makeratu (95:5 FM ) south of Matawai and the other at Wheatstone Road (91:7 FM ) near Wainui. The studio and offices are located in the Ground Floor of the Nga Wai E Rua Building at the corner of Lowe Street and Reads Quay, Gisborne.
Te Reo Irirangi O Turanganui A Kiwa has, and continues to meet contracted outcomes in terms of Te Reo Maori broadcasting hours and appeals to a wide range of ages and groups.
Strategic alliances have been established with other Iwi groups and Maori Radio Stations to the mutual benefit of all parties with the sharing of resources, expertise and opportunities.
Te Reo Irirangi O Turanganui A Kiwa works closely with, and supports all divisions and affiliated Iwi providers of Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa including the Rangatahi division, Maori Sports Programme, Turanga Health, Community Injury Prevention Programme, Turanga Ararau, Kaumatua and other Maori Service providers.
The recent development of Maruata Productions has greatly enhanced the station and will ensure the long term ability of Te Reo Irirangi O Turanganui A Kiwa to meet its prime objectives to promote Te Reo me nga Tikanga in Turanganui A Kiwa as well as our contractual obligations with Te Mangai Paho.