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Enjoy your day with Village Radio - tune in to Station 1XT - 1368kh on the AM band to re-live special events and moments, sing along to old favourites and recall memories of a musical past that's seldom heard today.

Village Radio is your nostalgia station and in keeping with our vintage status we broadcast on the AM frequency, which was all that was available in New Zealand before FM was introduced.
We operate from the Tauranga Historic Village and our volunteers welcome requests and chats to let us know you are listening and enjoying the unique programmes each volunteer announcer compiles. We play vinyl records mostly and have the fourth largest collection of nostalgic music in New Zealand which have been donated to Village Radio from Tauranga residents.
We broadcast daily and if you have a special preference check out the 'Programme Section' on the Home Page for the particular genre you prefer. Apart from these, the music goes round and round with nostalgic recordings from the 40's to the 90's each day for your pleasure.

To operate as a working museum bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days in accordance with our Radio License/Charter.




A public outcry over the Tauranga City Council’s plans to massively increase user charges, for many of the facilities in the city, was one of the questions George Stewart posed to Commissioner Anne Tolley, when she visited the Historic Village this week. In a wide ranging interview Mrs Tolley talked about some of the major achievements her team had managed over the past three years, since the Government replaced the previously elected members, who were unable to work under Mayor, Tenby Powell.   She talked about her previous roles, in both Government and local body politics, and the skills her colleagues Bill Wasley, Stephen Sellwood and Chad Rolleston had brought to help drive the city forward.  As well as the complete replacement of all the underground services along Cameron Road, the city Council will soon be commencing a “tidal flow” dual lane system of traffic management, from Hairini to 15th Avenue, to try and reduce the traffic jams for workers coming in from Welcome Bay, and going home at night.   The commissioners are to end their work in July, with the return of democratically elected councillors.  


A group of Village Radio volunteers led by our fearless leader Evan Turbott put our submission to the Tauranga City Councils long term plan. Tauranga City Council is proposing increasing charges for users of the Historic Village.  This would impact hugley on an institution like  Village Radio having been in the Village for nearly 40 years. A significant increase in rent may well push us beyond sustainability. Photo - Left Evan Turbott, Graeme Millow , Ken Wadsworth , Tony Rhind, Marion King, Brian William, Tony Hunt


George Stewart’s studio guest on Monday 5 February was Maori historian and consultant, and former director of the Waitangi Trust, Buddy Mikaere. Buddy’s family ties are from both Tauranga ( Ngati Ranginui ) and Ngati Pukenga ( Te Puna ), but he also has a connection to Iwi from the Coromandel.  He told our listeners of his work in establishing a charitable trust, to oversee the creation of a special museum at Gate Pa, to tell visitors about the battle at Pukehinahina with the Colonial Forces, which took place with Tauranga Maori allied to the King Movement in the Waikato. Buddy has also worked with Sir Peter Jackson’s team at Weta Workshop to create the battle scenes from Gallipoli at Te Papa, and last year he was involved in the creation of the New Zealand Liberation Museum at Le Quesnoy, in France.    He told George that he had just recently returned from a trip to the USA, where he was studying how they had portrayed the American Civil War.


During Penny Vaughan's Monday program she hosted temporary Tauranga visitors from Berlin, Rob Morgenstern and his two delightful daughters Rosa and Kitty in Studio One. (See photo with Penny) The Seekers `Georgie Girl` was requested by the 5 and 3 year olds as it is the favourite song of their Grandmother. Rob was `blown away` by the studios and now wants to bring his father to visit, and maybe attend our 40th birthday party in April.


Volunteer Tony Hunt introduced his brother Denis, his wife Da and nephew Adit to the Village Radio Studios.  Da and Adit are from Bangkok but they’ve lived in Wellington for many years. They have now returned to Wellington after Christmas with family in Auckland and Tauranga.     Ken Wadsworth who was announcing at the time put Da on air, and she was extremely at ease and professional      Photo Left Tony Hunt, Denis, Adit and Da

HAPPY 2024

The Volunteers at Tauranga Village Radio wish all the Friends of Village Radio (FOVR) and our listeners a Very Happy New Year.  May it bring you health and happiness and lots of music from Village Radio.