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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.

 

 

OUR PHOTO GALLERY UPGRADED

Diane Blackmore of Cohesion Web Design, who was the originator of our webpage, has been working on a new way to view our photos.   They are now in "Albums" and by putting your cursor over one of the photos displayed it will tell you what that album is about.  By clicking on it the photos can be viewed one by one by using the arrow to the right or back to the left.   Try it out you may be in the Gallery!   Photo is of Diane Blackmore

VILLAGE RADIO A.G.M. RESULTS

The yearly Tauranga Village Radio Museum Inc AGM was held yesterday (18th November) and the results were:-   Chairperson                Brian Williams Vice Chairperson         Graeme Millow Station Manager         George Stewart Treasurer                   Kelvin Roach Secretary                   Sheila Lacey Committee Members:- Errol Hay, Kate Pollock, Peter Donnelly    Photo Our Chairperson, Brian Williams

GARDEN AND ART FESTIVAL

On Monday George Stewart spoke with Marc Anderson the Director of this years Garden and Art Festival, which is on the 19th to 22nd November.  270 gardens were viewed in the Western Bay before selecting the 70 which will be open and which you can visit. There will be around 100 artists on display – with that number comprising of individual artists as well as groups, such as Tauranga Art Society and Bethlehem Pottery Club.   Bloom in the Bay – the Festival Hub is at Tauranga Racecourse. Live Music • Kids Zone • Food Trucks • Bar • Stage Acts • Presentations & Workshops • Creative Demonstrations • Art Exhibitions • Flower Displays • and More.  

KAIMAI TUNNEL WITH TREVOR AKOORIE

Thursday, 22nd October was the day George Stewart interviewed Trevor Akoorie. He worked on the construction of the Kaimai Tunnel for 5 years, from early 1972 to December 1976. His official title at West Portal was Mechancial Overseer in charge of workshops and about 20 personnel. His team was made up of fitters, welders and mechanics mostly from the Matamata and Morrinsville area.      After a Commission of Inquiry in 1963 a survey was done and was approved in 1965, tunnelling began in October 1965. The West Portal tunnelling began in 1969. Unfortunately in 1970 a cave in occurred trapping 12 men with a loss of 4 lives.   In June 1976 East and West Portal breakthrough was achieved with both sides meeting in the middle.    The tunnel was officially opened in September 1978 by the then Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. The original estimate was $11m but being serveral years behind schedule the final cost was $56m.     During the interview we played an original Tape Recording (from our archives) of the first ground turning/gelignite blast at the site by the then Minister of Works, Percy Allen.  

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                

OLDER PEOPLE GET FORGOTTEN

Carole Gordon, MNZM social justice advocate was in our studio talking with George Stewart. She first talked about her involvement with the new Bee Card that allows you to travel free on the Bay Hoppers buses from 9-00am going to many of the suburbs and beyond.       Carole next discussed Covid and the impact on the elderly in our community. She is at present doing research into this subject. It is important to get the views of the elderly for policies and plans so that if Covid becomes prevalent again it can be acted upon. It is ground breaking work and as Carole stated ‘older people get forgotten’. There is another project, “Have Our Say”, being conducted by Te Arai Research Group, based at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland which is a similar study but is complimentary to Carole’s study. She works with the local councils and DHB’s and has a great compassion for the work.    Carole has organised a questionnaire on how different elderly people have coped with being ‘isolated’ for weeks. Her connect number is 027-571-6422, e-mail agefriendly@kiwi.net or text her, she would love to hear about your story and experience during Covid.