Audio Curios: Treasured Pacific Languages Flourish

Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Fakatalofa atu, Kam na mauri, Ni sa bula vinaka, Halo oloketa and Malo ni!

In May this year Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision started a pilot project to welcome in more Pasifika radio programming for the national radio collection. In collaboration with Pacific Media Network, we have started collecting the community language shows that broadcast on Radio 531pi.

Based in Auckland, the Pacific Media Network is partly funded via NZ On-Air and is accessible to an estimated 92 percent of the country’s Pacific population. The network targets both first-generation Pacific migrants and New Zealand-born people with Pacific heritage. In this recording from the Solomon Islands Community Programme, the presenters wish everyone a happy Mother’s Day.


 Radio 531pi, May 2016


In all, nine Pacific languages are represented with the:

  • Cook Islands Community Programme – Mondays from 6pm-6am
  • Niuean Community Programme – Tuesdays from 6pm-6am
  • Tongan Community Programme – Wednesdays from 6pm-6am
  • Samoan Community Programme – Thursdays from 6pm-6am
  • Tuvaluan Community Programme – Fridays from 6pm-10pm
  • Kiribati Community Programme – Fridays  from 10pm-12am
  • Fijian Community Programme – Saturdays from 7pm-11pm
  • Solomon Islands Community Programme – Sundays from 2-4pm
  • Tokelauan Community Programme – Sundays from 4pm – 8pm (and then the Samoan Community Programme)


– By Gareth Watkins


This post is part of the Audio Curios series. Radio Collection Developer Gareth Watkins regularly comes across interesting, unique, and sometimes downright puzzling bits of audio during his accessioning work. He’s going to share some of these audio treasures with you in the Audio Curios series, which will be posted here on the Gauge blog frequently.

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