The COVID traffic light framework kicks in from 11.59pm December 2. 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
Mālō ni! Tokelauan Language Week is 24-30 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 17 -23
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...
September 13-19 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 5-11 this year. ‘Oku ke lea fakatonga?
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...
The 2021 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.
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
Mauri! Wikin te taetae ni Kiribati / Kiribati Language Week is July 11- 17 this year, celebrating the language and culture of Kiribati
As the tiny eyes of Matariki rise on the North East horizon just before dawn, Māori New Year celebrations begin. Welcome to Matariki 2021
May 30 - June 5 is Samoan Language Week. Here are a few tips for beginners who want to get tautalatala with their Samoan speaking friends and aiga…
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!
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.
Noa'ia 'e mạuri! May 9 – 15 IS Rotuman Language Week and there are events, resources and learning opportunities to be discovered…
Planet FM wishes warm greetings to our Muslim friends and whānau as we enter the month of Ramadan
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
We wish warm and happy greetings to you all as we celebrate the new lunar year and welcome the Year of the Ox!
Whether Waitangi Day is a source of pride, shame, reflection or confusion; let’s make it a day of meaningful discussion
All of us at Planet FM wish you a safe and relaxing summer. Take it easy, look after each other, and please wash your hands!
With summer fast approaching, many of us are ready to hit the pool and the beach. Let’s make sure you and your loved ones avoid the Swim Reaper…
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.
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.
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!
This Thursday at Basement Theatre you can hear four women share their stories, all centred around "that" question and how it feels to be asked.
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.
Currently only 4% of kiwis roll up our sleeves and donate, yet approximately 3,000 donations are required each week to meet hospital needs.
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.
Statistics around the damage caused by plastic pollution are generally dismal. It is estimated that if current trends continue, plastic waste will outweigh fish by 2050 . Nearly half of all seabird species, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide – that’s about one million being used every minute. But let’s face it; being overwhelmed by a big problem doesn’t get much done. That’s why the focus of Earth Day, observed on April 22, is on practicable solutions that individuals as well as corporations can undertake to address this mess we’ve got ourselves (and the planet) into.
A number of NZ supermarket chains have promised to phase out single-use plastics from check-outs. It’s a start and certainly the last couple of years have seen an uptake in reusable shopping bags. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to disposable plastic at the supermarket. This online Plastic Pollution Calculator gives you a snapshot of your personal plastic consumption.
The good news is, plastic has only been around since the early 20th century, and has only been in large-scale use since the 1950s. That’s a pretty long history of humanity managing without it. So, bearing in mind our nanas (or great-nanas at least) got by OK, here are some ways for the modern consumer to contribute to the cause:
Carry a reusable bag with you.
Particularly fabulous example of a reusable shopping bag
Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other "disposable" plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use for takeaway food and picnics.
Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box and reusable a drink bottle or thermos.
Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid polystyrene foam it has very low recycling rate.
And finally, sign the Earth Day petition to tell our world leaders and legislators it’s time to end plastic pollution.