About CAMA

Association and Structure ​

The aims of the Association are to promote, develop, foster and support Community Access Broadcasting in Aotearoa New Zealand.  CAMA sees itself primarily as a self-support network for the sector and a forum for debate on issues which affect us all. ​It also exists as a lobbying and resourcing organisation for the benefit of member stations. An annual conference, held alternately by stations in the CAMA group, brings together staff and programme makers to network, attend workshops, and celebrate the Access sector. ​ CAMA has an Executive Committee (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) who are voted into position by the membership annually at the conference.

​Community Access Radio By, For, and About

Community Access Broadcasting is by, for, and about the community. CAMA stations provide a platform for for people to get their voices heard. Programmes are made by diverse people and groups who aren’t traditionally given a large amount of coverage by mainstream media. ​

Section 36c

Stations primarily broadcast content that under section 36 c & ca of the broadcasting act, “to ensure that a range of broadcasts is available to provide for the interests of women, youth, children, persons with disabilities, minorities in the community including ethnic minorities, and to encourage a range of broadcasts that reflects the diverse religious and ethical beliefs of New Zealanders.”

Funding Model

Community Access station receive funding from NZ on AIR to broadcast content under section 36c of the Broadcasting Act (1989).

Non-Commercial Frequencies

Ministry for Culture and Heritage regional and community broadcasting policy framework (July 2006)

Access Sector Survey

In 2016 NZ On Air commissioned Colmar Brunton to carry out a qualitative piece of research to understand and explore how Community Access Radio meets the needs. See report