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Welcome to TAURANGA Village Radio MUSEUM INCORPORATED SOCIETY

Enjoy your day with Village Radio - tune in to Station 1XT - 1368kh on the AM band to re-live special events and moments, sing along to old favourites and recall memories of a musical past that's seldom heard today.

Village Radio is your nostalgia station and in keeping with our vintage status we broadcast on the AM frequency, which was all that was available in New Zealand before FM was introduced.
 
We operate from the Tauranga Historic Village and our volunteers welcome requests and chats to let us know you are listening and enjoying the unique programmes each volunteer announcer compiles. We play vinyl records mostly and have the fourth largest collection of nostalgic music in New Zealand which have been donated to Village Radio from Tauranga residents.
 
We broadcast daily and if you have a special preference check out the 'Programme Section' on the Home Page for the particular genre you prefer. Apart from these, the music goes round and round with nostalgic recordings from the 40's to the 90's each day for your pleasure.
 
OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To operate as a working museum bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days in accordance with our Radio License/Charter.

 

 

GOOD SORTS

Our announcer Brian Cotter was watching TV One News on the 18th August and the segment "Good Sorts" turned out to be about his very good friends Ngaire and Ernie Lepper from Matamata. So on Saturday 24th he decided to interview them by phone about their voluntary work with Matamata Community Health Shuttle. They have spent the last 11 years driving people to their hospital appointments. There are no public transport facilities either to Hamilton or the Hospital from Matamata so they help provide a viltal service. Ernie was given 2 years to live, that was 10 years ago, so he says he knows what people are going through.  They also acknowledged the people that are also involved in the charity.      Photo of Ngaire and Ernie Lepper sitting in the Shuttle

THREE INTERVIEWS IN ONE MORNING

Award winning producer Ngahuia Wade was George's third interview.   She is the wife of former MP, Richard Prebble. She produces documentaries for Iwi Radio containting unique Iwi histories, explores the political social and cultural concerns of the moment from Maori around Aotearoa.  She was very impressed with Village Radio and our Museum and will return at a later date to include us in an upcoming documentary.

THREE INTERVIEWS IN ONE MORNING

Number 2 interview, Students from New South Wales visited our studios and George interviewed two of their leaders.  They are here to take part in the Trans Tasman Squash and Soccer Tournements. 

THREE INTERVIEWS IN ONE MORNING

George Stewart was kept busy on his Thursday morning show with three interviews.   The first was with Karen Gemmell of the Cancer Society Waitato/Bay of Plenty. Karen has 25 years of experience across communications, events, fundraising and public facility management. It covers corporate, public and charity sectors. She has worked on the ASB Baypark Arena in Tauranga, Beijing Olympics 2008, Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006 and many more.   She came in to talk with George about Daffodil Day on Friday 30th August which affects 1 in 3 New Zealanders with cancer. The event involves thousands of Volunteers and fundraisers across New Zealand and has been in existance for 29 years

RETIREMENT IN BETHLEHEM

Jim Brynes interviewed Julie Batson, Sales Executive and Administrator with The Vines Retirement Village at Bethlehem. The Village is on 12 hectares and is positioned on what was once the iconic Mills Reef Winery.  You can choose from one of two or three bedroom villas in detached and duplex configurations plus garaging. The complex is close to all shops, supermarket and walking tracks at Bethlehem.    The photo is of Julie Batson.

TASTE TAURANGA AND THE TAURANGA FESTIVAL

George Stewart had the pleasure of interviewing two accomplished ladies in our studio.  The first was Jo Bond, The Tauranga Festival Director. This years Festival is from the 24th October to the 3rd November and has participants from USA, Germany, Scotland, Canada and Australia as well as some major home-grown talent. Jo has travelled extensively to find the right people for the biennial Festival.  There is something for everyone and quite a few of the events are already sold out.   https://www.taurangafestival.co.nz       The second guest was Millie Newitt, the Mainstreet Tauranga Co-ordinator at Downtown Tauranga.  She has arranged this month's Taste Tauranga, featuring numerous Tapa Tastings, with around 31 Resturants, Cafes and Bars taking part.  The event finishes at the end of the month. For further information,  contact  https://www.downtowntauranga.co.nz/taste-tauranga-2019 .               The photo is of Jo Bond