Our licence holder is Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui and together we are Te Reo Irirangi o Whanganui Incorporated trading as AwaFM. AwaFM is governed by a board of trustees who must whakapapa to Whanganui. Mrs Keria Ponga is our chairwoman. Her fellow board members are Daryn Te Uamairangi, Mariana Waitai and Jane Peeti.
Started in 1991 and based on our tribal land in Whanganui city, we broadcast on 100FM in Whanganui, 91FM Ohakune and Raetihi and 93.5FM in Taumarunui. With Maori making up 23% of the total population of the Whanganui region 42,153* our median age is 24.7 years.* We are pleased to report thst this year we will celebrate twenty-eight years of broadcasting te mita o Whanganui.(Whanganui Ecdonomic snapshot, Statistics NZ 2017.
Te Mita o Whanganui
- 22012 Maori in Whanganui region said they are speakers of Maori. Over 33% are under 15 years.
- 48% of Taumarunui identify as Maori out of a total population of 4500. Over 450 say they are speakers of te reo.
- 30% of Ohakune identify as Maori out of a total population of 900.
- Over 50% of Raetihi identify as Maori out of a total population of 1002.