PACIFIC Island radio station Niu FM has begun a major re-launch in the Capital by moving into the new NZ Whitireia Media Training Centre in Cuba St.
A deal signed today by National Pacific Radio Trust chairman Tino Pereira and Whitireia CEO Don Campbell will see the station’s newly expanded Wellington operation set up in the media centre.
The centre is under construction at Whitireia’s Cuba St campus in the former Workingmen’s Club building in Cuba Mall, where the polytechnic is spending several hundred thousand dollars on redevelopment.
When finished next month, the revamped premises will include Niu FM’s studio, production suite and offices in space rented from Whitireia.
The Auckland-based Pacific Media Network and Whitireia see synergies in working closely together, since the media training centre will house the Whitireia Journalism school (now NZ’s largest) and the polytechnic’s newly acquired NZ Radio Training School, which is being moved from its current quarters in Upper Cuba St.
“The new partnership opens up more opportunities to collaborate on broadcasting training, community development and strategic networking,” Mr Pereira – a former TV journalist – told guests at today’s signing.
Don Campbell said the move fitted well with Whitireia’s strong relationship with the Wellington Pasifika community, the country’s second largest.
Students on Whitireia’s new Diploma in Radio Journalism will work with Niu FM, helping to provide news coverage of the region.
Niu FM’s project manager, Pere Maitai, says the station expects to be operating from the new premises by the beginning of March.