"I rere kau mai te awa nui
mai te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa;
ko au te awa; ko te awa ko au"
"The river flows
from the mountains to the sea;
I am the river and the river is me"
Image of Whanganui River taken at Punakiwhetu
This whakatauki encapsulates the temporal and spiritual link that the Whanganui iwi have to the great and mysterious Whanganui river. The river is central to our identity, culture and well-being.
We began training announcers on a government funded scheme in 1990 and Joe Reo (our first Manager) made his garage available and amassed a collection of very basic equipment to work on.
Te Reo Irirangi O Whanganui (Awa FM) officially opened its own premises and began broadcasting on the 17th of June 1991. In the opening address we encouraged announcers to remain true to the mita (distinct dialect) of Whanganui iwi.
A year later we developed a link to our relatives in Ngati Rangi via a small unit in Ohakune. They were called Nga Iwi FM and the link lasted about 12 months.
We now broadcast throughout our rohe (tribal boundaries) as depicted in the map on this page.