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!
May 29 - June 4 is Samoan Language Week. Here are a few tips for beginners who want to get tautalatala with their Samoan speaking friends and aiga…
Currently only 4% of kiwis roll up our sleeves and donate, yet approximately 3,000 donations are required each week to meet hospital needs.
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.
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…
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
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.
At the end of 2020, Planet FM purchased a building that was to become our 'forever home' and a dedicated hub for not-for-profit services that specialise in supporting new Kiwis to settle in. The plans for the hub had been underway for over a year, and with the purchase of 875 New North Road, designs were able to begin.
While Covid-19 and consent delays caused some predictable disruption, we were less prepared for the notice to leave our meantime tenure in our trusty Carrington Road studios, home to the station for over fifteen years. As the building progress chugged on, the end of March 2022 found us with nowhere to go. Our transmitter could thankfully be moved to the roof of the New North Road building, with a computer set up on-site to support our airplay and scheduling software. And with that, staff set up at home and Planet FM became a remote-access radio station; a set-up that was expected to last a month or so, until our new home was completed.
It was around this time that a downpour of rain revealed a roof leak that needed to be repaired before progress could continue. More rain and more leaks meant the repairs took significantly longer than expected, and the final fix wasn't in place until the end of September.
Progress began again at pace, with contractors re-booked to complete the work that had been on pause until the building was deemed officially leak-free.
So, where are we now? Programme makers that are able to record from home have continued sending their files through week after week, and the station has trucked along remotely. Others, especially those whose programmes would normally go live, have not been able to continue broadcasting at all.
While much of the work will be completed by Christmas, the studios will not be completed until the new year. Moving in and getting acquainted with new studios and new gear is no small feat, but once staff are trained up, we will begin welcoming people in and training for our members will begin.
A small gathering attended a dawn blessing of the building on December 10.
As this fraught year comes to an end, we are still waiting to know when that will happen, but we look forward to bringing you positive news in the new year.
With huge thanks to the wider Planet whānau; most especially our patient, supportive, and innovative programme makers, who have weathered this rough ride with us. We can't wait to see you again.
Meri Kirihimete me te tau hou,
Christine, Jo, Michelle & Paul