ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ACCESS BROADCASTERS
The Association of Community Access Broadcasters (ACAB) Aotearoa New Zealand is the national association to which all 12 Community Access Radio stations belong, from Auckland in the north to Invercargill in the south.
ACAB: Association and Structure
The aims of the Association are to promote, develop, foster and support Community Access Broadcasting in Aotearoa New Zealand. ACAB sees itself primarily as a self-support network for the sector and a forum for debate on issues which affect us all.
It also exists as a lobbying and resourcing organisation for the benefit of member stations.
An annual conference, held alternately by stations in the ACAB group, brings together staff and programme makers to network, attend workshops, and celebrate the Access sector.
ACAB has an Executive Committee (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) who are voted into position by the membership annually at the conference.
ACAB Executive 2106 - 2017
President - Darren Ludlow, Radio Southland; Secretary - Kristen Paterson, Wellington Access Radio; Treasurer - Amanda Assink, ex-Radio Southland
Community Access Radio
By, For, and About: Community Access Broadcasting is by, for, and about the community. ACAB stations provide a platform for for people to get their voices heard. Programmes are made by diverse people and groups who aren't traditionally given a large amount of coverage by mainstream media.
Section 36c: Stations primarily broadcast content that under section 36 c & ca of the broadcasting act, "to ensure that a range of broadcasts is available to provide for the interests of women, youth, children, persons with disabilities, minorities in the community including ethnic minorities, and to encourage a range of broadcasts that reflects the diverse religious and ethical beliefs of New Zealanders."
Community: You can access the Community Access Radio diversity handbook here
Funding Model: Community Access station receive funding from NZ on AIR to broadcast content under section 36c of the Broadcasting Act (1989)
NZOA annual funding decisions here
Non-Commercial Frequencies: Ministry for Culture and Heritage
regional and community broadcasting policy framework (July 2006)
Access Sector Survey: http://www.nzonair.govt.nz/research/all-research/community-access-radio-2016/