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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.

 

 

DR PHIL SHOEMACK INTERVIEWED

George Stewart’s Studio guest on Monday was the Medical Officer of Health, and Clinical Director of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Dr. Phil Shoemack. His team were instrumental in setting up the Vaccine Centres and the vaccines. There are not many Centres as people are encouraged to have the total of 4 vaccines available and do their own testing in their own homes.     Hospitals are under great pressure as numbers of Covid cases have increased and also being winter we have the flu season.       Dr Shoemack stated that as far as Covid was concerned there was light at the end of the tunnel but we were not out of it yet.  Three of the main things to remember were wear a mask, physically distance, wash or sanitise your hands regularly but most importantly get vaccinated.  

CANCER SOCIETY'S SHAY ROUT TALKS WITH TONY RHIND

2nd August on Tony Rhind's programme, he interviewed Shay Rout, Events Co-ordinator for the Cancer Society.  The main topic was the Societys build up to their major fundraiser of the year Daffodil Day, Friday 26th August. It was postponed last year due to Covid. The funds collected on the day stay in Tauranga and helps with the many services the Cancer Society provides.    Some of the services include one on one support for patient and families, driving people to appointments, providing accommodation while people are having treatment and supporting patients in care programmes. For more information visit the Cancer Society website where you can learn more about the Society, donate or volunteer. www.cancer.org.nz.      Tony stated that he had been a Volunteer driver for the Society for a number of years and was one of the most rewarding things he had ever been involved with.  Remember Daffodil Day is the 26th August.        

STUDIO GUEST TAURANGA COMMISSIONER ANN TOLLEY

The studio guest on Monday 29th May was  Tauranga Commissioner Anne Tolley. The  afternoon announcer George Stewart had arranged this special interview, following the much anticipated announcement that the entire Civic Precinct rebuild would be undertaken in one go, costing 303 Million dollars !    Mrs Tolley revealed that it was more than likely that Willow Street would be closed to vehicular traffic, as that entire block would become a family friendly area with lawns, trees, and seats, with a link down through the existing Masonic Park area.   Other topics covered included the removal of the Bay Hopper buses from Wharf and Willow Streets to Durham Street, the repairs and upgrading of Beacon Wharf,  Dive Crescent and the old Cargo Shed,  the removal of parked cars from the Strand car park,  and the strengthening of the failed Harington Street Car Parking building, which the council had sold for one dollar!    Anne Tolley defended the controversial fining of motorists using Links Avenue as a "rat run" , while the Bayfair overbridge is being constructed, commenting that 7,000 vehicles a day were an unwanted traffic hazard for the residents living there.   But the news for commuters stuck in morning traffic jams who use Turret Road and the one lane bridge over the estuary is not good...That is now a State Highway and is subject to a very long wait for any funding to come from the Government.

NIGEL TUTT TALKED ABOUT A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT FOR TAURANGA

George Stewart's Studio Guest on Monday 23 May was Nigel Tutt the CEO of Tauranga's Economic Development Agency, Priority One.    Nigel and his team recently announced  a "Landmark moment" for the city, which will be the largest CBD development in New Zealand.  Nigel told our listeners that 20 catalyst developments were committed, over the next 8 years, worth around 1.5 Billion dollars.  These included the now approved Civic rebuild along Willow Street, the new home for the City Council at 90 Devonport Road : Craig and Co.'s. new building on the former site of the old TrustBank building and a new International Hotel on the waterfront. He said the "Blueprint" had been developed in partnership with developers, investors, a major real estate company, Central Government, and the Tauranga City Council.     Nigel said Priority One has been helping bring new industry and business to Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty for a number of years, including the now thriving Tauriko Business Park and a soon to be constructed Gib Board factory, which will be the biggest in NZ.

BEV HAYMAN REMEMBERS EARLY JAZZ FESTIVALS

Bev Hayman was George Stewart’s studio guest this week, recalling the early days of Tauranga’s Jazz Festivals.    Bev told our listeners how it all started, in 1963, when her husband Ken, who played the trumpet and the piano, organised the very first festival, which was played in the now demolished Soundshell, in Memorial Park. That “rehearsal band” first played on the stage of the old Kerridge Odeon theatre, to launch the movie “Jazz on a Summers Day”, on Auckland anniversary day, 1963.   Over the years the venues changed, starting in the Erin Lea Lounge, old Town Hall, the Tauranga Racecourse, where two stages operated, the Otumoetai Trust at Bureta and finally to two theatres in Baycourt.    Bev said the Historic Village was her favourite place, where you could walk around to see and hear a wide variety of wonderful performers. She was pleased this year’s festival had gone back to the bars and restaurants in Tauranga, instead of the three or four stages along the Strand, where the sound volume was far too loud.   Photo of Bev Hayman in our Studio  

MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY BROADCASTS

Every third Monday at 5pm Village Radio broadcasts the Multicultural Hour with Mimi Hung who plays an active part of the Chinese community, especially helping immigrants.    The listeners are in Tauranga and Rotorua mostly but she records and re-distributes the broadcasts to China, the Auckland Eastern Chinese Society, the USA and Hong Kong. Unfortunately many people do not have the AM band nowadays or do not know how to find it, but the distribution of the broadcasts seems to work for now.   Every month Mimi tries to get someone who is willing to share their experiences and tell the "joy and sorrow" of what they do. So far they have included interviews with, a Motel Owner, Orchardist, Estate Agent, a Chinese Musician and the Shakti Organisation. Also Early history of the Chinese migrant in NZ by Prof Manying Yip from Auckland University, DHB Nurse talking about Covid plus many more. With the help of our announcer George Stewart, who puts on the records, Mimi plays Chinese Golden Oldies songs which many listeners seem to enjoy. If you wish any further information please contact Village Radio and we will pass the message onto Mimi.    info@villageradio.co.nz