May 28 - June 3 is Sāmoa Language Week. Here are a few tips for beginners who want to get tautalatala with their Samoan speaking friends and aiga…
Pink Shirt Day is this Friday. It's about making a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.
May is Africa month, and there are celebrations across the city. Find out what's on and get amongst it!
Auckland Council's food scraps collection is being rolled out now across Auckland. Learn more about the how and why of rukenga kai!
Planet FM wishes everyone a happy and peaceful Ramadan as we count down to Eid-al-Fitr celebrations in April
With a packed schedule of performances and stalls representing 11 nations across eight villages, Pasifika is a free and family-friendly event.
Help shape the future of Auckland by giving your feedback on the Annual Budget. Have your say before 11pm on 28 March.
Ready to rock the mullet? Find out how letting your locks go business-at-the front and party-at-the-back can support mental health services this month...
Get prepared | Me takatū. As we brace for more wild weather, there are things we can do to prepare. Find out what you can do to plan for your household
Census forms will be arriving on doorsteps across Aotearoa soon. So... what's it all about?
Whether Waitangi Day is a source of pride, shame, reflection or confusion; let’s make it a day of meaningful discussion
Support and assistance is available if you've been directly affected by the flooding in Auckland. You don’t have to be on a benefit.
Throughout February, Aotea Square is home to a range of free events. Get the friends and whānau together for some summer fun!
恭喜发财! Warm greetings for the arrival of both 2023, and of the new lunar year. This year we welcome the Rabbit
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe in and around the water. Remember: If in doubt, stay out.
Suncreen, sandals and sanitary products are among the items being collected for donation.
It has been an incredibly challenging year for Planet FM, and we're hoping 2023 fares better
This is the month to let your mo’ grow and show your support for men’s health. Can’t grow one? There are other ways to tautoko…
Mālō ni! Tokelauan Language Week is 23-29 October this year. Learn more about the culture and language of Tokelau…
Ko e tau fakafiafiaaga he Vagahau Niue mo e tau Aga Fakamotu! Join us in celebrating Niue Language Week, October 16 -22
If you are eligible to vote in the local elections, you should have received your voting papers. Make sure you have a say in the running of your city.
September 12-18 is Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week. Kaua e Whakamā - Kia Kaha! Don’t Be Shy - Give it a Try!
Mālō e lelei! Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is on from September 4-10 this year. ‘Oku ke lea fakatonga?
Conversations and workshops with incredible Auckland authors and events highlighting Māori and Moana stories and storytellers to Drag Storytimes, special heritage collection tours, reading with dogs - and much more!
The 2022 theme for Cook Islands Language Week is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna: Connect me to the soil of my ancestors.
Mauri! Wikin te taetae ni Kiribati / Kiribati Language Week is July 10- 16 this year, celebrating the language and culture of Kiribati
A clear head and better sleep are just a couple of the many benefits of taking a break from the booze. Dry July encourages people to do that this month.
In 2022, for the first time, a public holiday marks the Māori new year. Ngā mihi o te tau hou!
Currently only 4% of kiwis roll up our sleeves and donate, yet approximately 3,000 donations are required each week to meet hospital needs.
We're still on air but have moved our of out Carrington Road studios and await the completion of our forever home...
When do you use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), where can you access one and how does it work?
Do you have a plan for if you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19? Now's the time to prepare...
All of us at Planet FM wish you a safe and relaxing summer. Take it easy, look after each other, and keep washing your hands!
The COVID traffic light framework is now in place. So... what does that mean?
What difference would a racism-free Aotearoa New Zealand make to your life? Have your say on the National Action Plan Against Racism
Macawa ni vosa vakaviti / Fijian language week is Sunday 3 October - Saturday 9 October this year. Tovolea mada!
Fākatalofa atu! Celebrate the language and culture of Tuvalu with us. Tuvalu Language Week is Sunday 26 September – Saturday 2 October.
Have you had your jab? If you're over 12 years old, you're probably eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. It's free and available near you...
Sept 4-12 is Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa / Conservation Week. Find out how you can get involved and help to take care of our unique natural treasures.
Lockdown makes broadcasting tricky, but we're still on air...
Planet FM has found its forever home and are now fundraising to make the move and settle in... forever! Find out more, including how you can support us
Did you know Planet FM is one of 12 community access radio stations in Aotearoa? And our sector is celebrating 40 years of community broadcasting!
Noa'ia 'e mạuri! May 9 – 15 IS Rotuman Language Week and there are events, resources and learning opportunities to be discovered…
Cancelled two years in a row and postponed again this year, Pasifika Festival is finally set for April 10-11. Save the date!
Seaweek is March 6-14 this year
The studios are a lot quieter than usual at Alert Level 3, but we're still doing our best to keep you informed, updated and entertained in your language
A cinematic celebration, the African Film Festival begins November 26. Discover stories of politics, love, artists, music, comedy and more.
Election day is October 17 but advance voting is open. Make sure you are enrolled, informed and that you have your say!
The cervical cancer stats in Aotearoa are devastating. Remind all the women you love that screening is the best way to keep your teke meke!
We've done it before and we'll do it again. Auckland, we're in Level 3 and we can get through this together!
100 days free from community transmission of COVID-19 is great news. Let's keep it that way!
Whether you’re driven by the impending doom of climate change or the plight of our marine wildlife, we need to tackle our addiction to plastic…
If our team of five million can eliminate Covid, what else can we get done together?
There are services providing support and advice throughout lockdown as well as information in a range of languages…
Calling for a more gender-balanced world is not about exclusion. It’s about sharing platforms, sharing opportunities and sharing power.
Throughout summer you can enjoy free movie screenings in parks across the city. Find out which Movies in Parks event is on near you...
A celebration of light over darkness, Diwali is celebrated here and everywhere, and Planet FM wishes everyone very happy festivities.
Among everything else going on, Auckland is LOW on water, and we all need to do our bit to help...
From June 2 Objectspace is home to a photographic exhibition that beautifully documents Cambodia’s painful past
May 18-26 is Youth Week and the theme for 2019 is We are more than you see; He wai hōhonu a mātou. Find out what’s happening in Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond…
May is New Zealand music month and the theme is “Discover Live”. There are gigs happening across the country throughout May, so get out there and find out who’s making great noise!
The journey to mental wellness can’t be made alone! Telling someone to reach out for help is fine, but reaching out to offer help is just as important.
Are we willing to turn the compassion we’ve seen in the last week into meaningful change? Are we willing to have difficult conversations about who we are?
Our hearts and minds are with those most affected by the horrific events in Christchurch that claimed innocent lives
Vaccination is important to help prevent further spread of the measles infection. Are you and your family up to date?
The value of language preservation is often underestimated, but it shouldn’t be. February 21 marks International Mother Language Day.
The first week of February marks International Interfaith Week. Whether you’re full-faith, no-faith, or somewhere in-between, a little understanding can go a long way
This summer after you slip, slop and slap, why not slink along to some of the free movie and music events happening all over Tāmaki Makaurau?
You don’t have to be directly affected by disability to support the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities.
Want to enjoy the wonderful Waitākere Ranges without contributing to the spread of kauri dieback? Good! There are plenty of great spots in the wild west…
Our time with antibiotics is running out. The WHO has an urgent request: Think Twice and Seek Advice. Misuse of antibiotics puts us all at risk.
Jackie Clark of grassroots organisation The Aunties won this year’s NZ Women of Influence Supreme Award. Here’s why…
Since 1923 Forest & Bird has played a crucial role in preserving New Zealand’s environment and native species. Find out about the work they do and how you can support them.
Tackling the challenges of the future requires vision and planning. The Auckland Plan 2050 outlines the direction for this city and where we see ourselves in 30 years time.
Arbor Day, World Environment Day, World Oceans Day – three days to help heal our home – Planet Earth. See tips on mutual support for all that sustains us.
Its bountiful waters nourished generations of people before us. It provided food, leisure and livelihood. Now, it is overfished and often unswimmable. Join the move to save the Hauraki Gulf.
There are 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste on Earth. The theme for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution” and looks at solutions, including saying no to single-use plastics.
It is sad to have to avoid some of our beautiful walkways for a while… but not as sad as losing our kauri population. Forested areas and tracks in Waitākere will close from May 1.
From “pollination paths” to community gardens, work is underway to ensure our precious bee population can survive and thrive. Help make Auckland a bee’s most liveable city!
The Many Meanings of Easter are represented in our now commonplace eggs and rabbits. But why did these become the symbols of what we often think is a Christian festival?
In Greenland and Colombia, Canada and Aotearoa, Australia and Indonesia – across the planet the original inhabitants of nations are struggling to retain their lands, their languages and lifestyles
One of the most compelling sculptures at the 2017 Sculpture on the Gulf Exhibition on Waiheke Island was a work by Tiffany Singh, developed in partnership with the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition.
We are now well into 2019 which is, officially, the year of Indigenous Languages. Every year, February 21st marks International Mother Languages Day. So it’s timely to discuss the value of language preservation, bilingualism, multilingualism and te reo Māori.
There is no question that a connection to and understanding of your own history and heritage, particularly (but by no means exclusively) for marginalised communities, is fundamental to wellbeing. The argument that the extinction of language is inevitable and that preservation is a waste of time and resource completely disregards the reasons for the loss of language in the first place. Can the language extinction as a result of colonisation and marginalisation be justified?
According to UNESCO, every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
There are some 6.000-7.000 languages in the world today. About 97% of the world’s population speaks only 4 % of these languages, while only 3 % of the world speak 96% of all remaining languages. A great majority of those languages, spoken mainly by indigenous peoples, will continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Without appropriate measure to address this issue, the further loss of languages and their associated history, traditions and memory would considerably reduce the rich tapestry of linguistic diversity worldwide.
Not only is it important to acknowledge the implications of language extinction, it’s worth noting the benefits of learning multiple languages. Lateral thinking and increased empathy are associated with multilingualism, as well as the obvious benefit of increased communication opportunities.
On that note, if you haven't had the opportunity to a-a-akona te reo, here are some free courses: