The Hibiscus Coast is to host one of the first of many “news and advertisement-free” radio stations founded by former British TV presenter Noel Edmonds.
Noel, who now lives near Matakana, plans to eventually launch 100 online community radio stations – Positively Matakana is already playing live.
Recently Jo Hayes of Stanmore Bay was appointed community manager for Positivity Radio Hibiscus Coast.
Jo says a team of around 16 locals are supporting the Coast inititiave.
She says initially the station will not broadcast live, but play pre-recorded snippets of community interest in between songs.
Team members will work from home.
Noel launched Positively Happy, a group of “positively focused” community radio stations in the UK in 2015. Today there are more than 50 stations worldwide in the group, accessed on mobile phones, via the live app or website.
Noel is supplying 100 slots in New Zealand to stream digital content, at his own expense and free of charge.
His aim in launching the concept here is to support communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jo says the Hibiscus Coast station is still in the planning stages and could launch this month.