Rangatahi hit the Tahu FM studio

Tamahou and Alex busy learning the ropes at the Tahu FM studio.

Tamahou and Alex busy learning the ropes at the Tahu FM studio.

Three Ngāi Tahu rangatahi have joined the Tahu FM crew for the holiday period and they are busy preparing for their own radio show, Te Tokotoru Taotao ‘Triple T’, which is set to air during the summer.

Kiti Te Maire Brennan,18 (Ngāi Tūāhuriri), Tamahou Thoms,17 (Kāti Kurī) and Alex Solomon,16 (Kāti Huirapa), who are all cousins and are students at Ōtautahi-based school, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi, are looking forward to creating content for other like-minded rangatahi and Tahu FM listeners.

The hour-long show will focus on current events that are of interest to rangatahi, popular-upbeat music, and learning and teaching te reo. All three hosts are self-confessed kapa haka freaks, so listeners can also expect to hear traditional waiata and interviews from other kapa haka enthusiasts.

Kiti, Alex and Tamahou feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to spend time at Tahu FM and learn the ropes of working at a iwi radio station.

Kiti Te Maire Brennan.

Kiti Te Maire Brennan.

“We will have our own show and we are also doing some work with Jason who is an announcer here (Jason’s show is known as, Me he kawhe kaha i te ata) – we are helping to add te reo Māori to his show,” says Tamahou.

Alex says, “During Jason’s show we have been doing a kupu o te wiki (word of the week). We have also been talking about current events like Shortland Street and Ed Sheeren.”

Freelance journalist, Irene Crawford-Kaleopa (Ngāti Kahungunu) is helping to mentor the rangatahi during their time at Tahu FM.

“These rangatahi are talented, they speak te reo. It’s just about tapping into the knowledge of those who are in their own age group,” says Irene, whose background is in radio and broadcast media.

“They get to connect with their own age group via broadcasting, and they are also learning a whole new skill set and getting their ideas through a medium that they usually wouldn’t have access to,” she adds.

Alex says, “Irene has been helping us a lot with how to structure the show, she has given us good advice.”

As well as choosing music for their show, the rangatahi have been learning technical skills like writing interview questions, conducting interviews, and how to record and edit content.

“We are focusing on our rangatahi show and editing things and interviewing people at the moment. We are asking them about their experiences and if they have any advice for rangatahi,” says Tamahou.

In the short time that they have been with the Tahu FM crew, the rangatahi say they are surprised at the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure all the shows run smoothly.

“If your show is four hours long you need to know how many songs you’ll have in that time,” says Tamahou.

“I guess in radio you don’t hear a lot from rangatahi, so to have a rangatahi perspective on things will be cool,” says Kiti.
Tahu FM General Manager, Blade Jones says it’s been great having the group of rangatahi in the studio – they are an energetic bunch.

“We are excited to have a show that is written and produced by rangatahi for rangatahi,” she says.
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