Community Access Media Alliance (CAMA)
is the national representative body for the 12 community access radio stations in New Zealand Aotearoa

CAMA represents, promotes and advocates for access media in Aotearoa, New Zealand

That everyone in New Zealand have a space in the media

Association and Structure

The Association aims to promote, develop, foster, and support community access broadcasting in Aotearoa. CAMA sees itself primarily as a self-support network for the sector and a forum for debate on issues that 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. Thanks to the help of NZOnAir the Association also has a National Coordinator, whose task is to champion all things access media. 

Community Access Radio By, For, and About

Community access broadcasting is by, for, and about the community. CAMA stations provide a platform for people to get their voices heard. Programmes are made by diverse people and groups who aren’t traditionally given a voice in mainstream media.

Section 36c

Stations primarily broadcast content subject to 36c of the broadcasting act, which aims “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 stations 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 media meets the needs. See report.


For media or general enquiries, contact camaaotearoa@gmail.com

You can contact CAMA’s Chair, Jo Holsted via jo@104.6planetfm.org.nz. 

For national and all industry-related, contact CAMA’s National Coordinator, Sasha Borissenko, on 0273048151. You can otherwise contact her on sasha.borissenko@gmail.com