Whether it’s on-air or online, digital media is a simple and inexpensive way to talk to your community-of-interest in any language.
Whether you’re a government entity, NGO, non-profit, company, or organisation, we can help you tailor your messages to speak directly and authentically to your target audience.
We represent many niche communities, and our listenerships change completely from programme to programme. The number of listeners at any given time will typically be smaller than mainstream media, but fully representative of their language, ethnicity or special interest; meaning messages can be reliably targeted.
Access media is at its purest when individuals or groups classified by section 36(c) of the Broadcasting Act criteria are given the means to produce and broadcast content about their issues to their communities.
Under the Act, the aim is: “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”.
There are 12 community access stations operating from Auckland to Invercargill.
The nature of the access audience is easy to define. Documenting the rate of target audience ‘capture’ is not so easy.
Access media audiences are structurally different from virtually all other media. Most radio stations fit the total station format to the preferred target audience. A station defines its audience by the people who listen to the station cumulatively. It’s the station’s sound overall and not any one of its individual programmes or segments that determines its audience.
Access media audiences are dictated by the voices that are broadcast. A society that values democracy needs to give a platform for minority interests to be expressed. Content-makers include key members from communities, and it means messaging can reach audiences that aren’t otherwise represented in mainstream or commercial media.
The nature of our operations is very different to commercial stations. As community stations and NFPs we are selective in what we will advertise and because our priority is serving our various communities, any external content that gets aired needs to be of benefit to those communities.
CAMA can help tailor your messages to speak directly and authentically to our target audiences – in their language. Prices include the cost of broadcasting advertisements and production. Note, translation services may be additional. Please be in touch for more information.
Access media in New Zealand is funded in part thanks to NZ On Air.
The year the Broadcasting Act was introduced a Ministerial Directive was issued requiring NZ On Air to undertake specific funding commitments, including the funding of access media. The directive says that it’s a part of the general policy of the government that access media services should be available for a broad range of non-profit community groups.
Thanks to the legislation and directive, access media in Aotearoa enjoys a level of state funding and support that would be the envy of other access media in most other jurisdictions.
"I’m not loud, I don’t have a voice to share stories that I’ve got. With broadcasting, I can tell those stories to the community"
Content-maker, Access Radio Taranaki
"Being able to project my voice to such a large community is such a nice thing seeing as a teenager, I only have a small connection to a little community."
"There aren't a lot of stations that give you the training to make radio shows so it seems quite special to be a part of [it]."
Content-maker, Otago Access Radio
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