13 Aug 2012

Te reo broadcasting boost in Brisbane

7:30 am on 13 August 2012

More te reo Maori is being heard in Australia now that Maori radio broadcasters in Brisbane have got more airtime.

Te Karanga o te Kowhai is a programme that has been running for more than 30 years on a community access station, Radio 4EB.

The programme convenor and kuia, Emma Hart of Ngapuhi, says all of the staff are working voluntarily and it's their passion that drives them to deliver their weekly segment.

She says their Monday morning bilingual programme - originally an hour and a half - now runs for three hours, keeping whanau abreast of hui, tangi and news from around Australia and back home.

Ms Hart says they need some fresh blood to carry the kaupapa, so with three new young broadcasters coming on board, it is hoped they will eventually take the lead and keep the show on air.

Ms Hart says she's thinking of retiring, but they will still need a pair of kaumatua to support the young ones.

The other kaumatua is Hare Ngatai from Matakana Island near Tauranga.