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What are the Radio Stations in New Zealand

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New Zealand Radio Stations

Yes, radio is still alive in New Zealand and going strong with almost 30 radio networks and countless local stations. There’s a station for almost anything, serving New Zealand’s ethnic minorities to Maori iwi (tribes) to religious groups. But if all you’re looking for is just some music to listen to while you’re driving, don’t worry, New Zealand has plenty of that too, where you’ll find genres from classical music to hip-hop. This quick guide to radio stations in New Zealand will go through some of the most popular stations across the country.

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New Zealand’s Most Popular Radio Stations

  • Most popular radio stations in Auckland: Newstalk ZB and Mai FM
  • Most popular radio stations in Christchurch: More FM and The Edge
  • Most popular radio stations in Wellington: ZM and The Edge

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Radio New Zealand National

Radio New Zealand is New Zealand’s state-owned national public service radio. The main station from Radio New Zealand, or RNZ, is Radio New Zealand National broadcasting news reports, interviews and feature programmes.

Another station from RNZ is Radio New Zealand Concert broadcasting jazz and classical music, as well as news updates.

If you want to read online news about New Zealand, Radio New Zealand is often a go-to for a trusted source of information in comparison to the more commercialised news outlets.

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Iwi Radio Network

Te Whakaruruhau o Nga Reo Irirangi Maori consists of local radio stations that serve the local Maori communities. The network receives government funding to run around 30 Maori radio stations around the country.

Iwi Radio Network stations cover news, music and Maori sports and cultural events like kapa haka in a combination of English and te reo Maori (Maori language).

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One of New Zealand’s most popular stations, Coast, plays easy listening, pop, rock and R&B music. The national station has news bulletins every hour, as well as longer news programmes at breakfast.

Currently, Coast can be tuned in at New Zealand’s major coastal cities around the North Island and on the east coast of the South Island.

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George FM

A dance radio station broadcast to New Zealand’s major cities, George FM plays dance music particularly electro, drum & bass, dubstep, hip-hop, house and other dance genres. They also have a programme schedule with regular presenters.

George FM can be tuned in from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and on TV through Freeview channel 70.

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Mai FM

New Zealand’s largest urban radio station, Mai FM is one of the most popular in Auckland, broadcasting hip-hop and R&B music. The station also has a focus on Maori language and culture.

Mai FM can be listened to in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu and Wellington.

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The Edge

The Edge plays contemporary chart music on its radio station and music TV channel. The Edge has regular shows with popular radio and TV personalities, Jono & Ben.

It’s possible to tune into The Edge from most settlements in the North Island, and Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and Southland in the South Island.

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Life FM

Life FM is a youth-orientated Christian music radio station run by Rhema Media. It has a programme schedule with consistent presenters, such as the Morning Wake Up, Days and Nights. 75% of its operating costs are from listener donations.

Similar radio stations from the same company include Star and Rhema, as well as the TV channel Shine TV. Life FM can be picked up around most settlements in New Zealand.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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