Plains FM is one of 12 community access radio stations around New Zealand

What is Community Access Radio?

Community access radio stations enable local people to produce and broadcast programmes focusing on their own stories and communities. 'By', 'for' and 'about' are the three essential words of community access radio .

By the community, for the community, and about the community.

We provide the training and facilities to help the community to make radio content, catering to specific target audiences. Each programme maker also has complete editorial and technical control over their own programme within the laws of the land and station policies.

Community access radio is an essential part of the media landscape in New Zealand as it provides talk based content that other radio stations don't provide, and also a diverse music playlist that is different to what you'll hear on commercial radio.

Stations providing access radio in New Zealand are part funded by NZ On Air, and as such are contracted to provide a specific number of hours per week of programming that provides for the interests of specific groups in Section 36c of the Broadcasting Act, 1989 - women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, minority groups including ethnic minorities, and a range of religious and ethical viewpoints. NZ On Air fund twelve community access radio stations around the country. They are...

PlanetFM Auckland 104.6FM
FreeFM Hamilton 106.7FM (Hamilton City)
1206AM (Waikato Region)
Radio Kidnappers Hawke's Bay 1431AM (2010 only)
Access Radio Taranaki Taranaki 104.4FM
Access Manawatu Manawatu 999AM
Arrow FM Masterton 92.7FM
Coast Access Radio Kapiti Coast 104.7FM
Wellington Access Radio Wellington 783AM
FreshFM Nelson 104.8FM (Nelson/Tasman)
95.0FM (Eastern Golden Bay)
88.9FM (Blenheim)
PlainsFM Christchurch 96.9FM
Otago Access Radio Dunedin

105.4FM  1575AM

Radio Southland Invercargill 96.4FM

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