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Radio New Zealand interviews Radio NFA

“All you brothers and  sisters sleeping outside, all you rough sleepers. Don’t forget you’ve got the Islanders feed, up at the Rock tonight. Tonight and every Friday. Get some food into you.” Shadow on Radio NFA

This is an image of Radio NFA announcer 'Shadow' and Manager John Heta

Radio NFA announcer ‘Shadow’ and Manager John Heta

It was designed to give Auckland’s homeless people a slighter bigger voice… their own radio station. But its future’s now looking a bit uncertain. “Radio NFA”, that’s short for No Fixed Abode, live-streams from the inner city.

There are about 150 people “sleeping rough” in Auckland city each night of the week, but hundreds more  live on the breadline in boarding houses, shelters, or cheap flats. Dozens turn up each day for meals at the Auckland City Mission, the Merge Café run by the Methodists’ Lifewise organisation… and then every Wednesday there’s a very good lunch at the Urban Vineyard Church, Radio NFA broadcasts from the building, so its always up and running on Wednesdays atleast.

The  radio can only afford to stream on the internet, so many of the homeless or unemployed can’t easily access it.  Meanwhile some of those who’re running the place, have now got themselves jobs as a result. So the station can now operate only intermittently.

This is an image of John and Rob setting up to broadcast Radio NFA

John and Rob setting up to broadcast Radio NFA

Photo: RNZ David Steemson

I meet the homeless crew who run the station while they set up for a broadcast during a Wednesday lunch. John Heta is the Manager, while Shadow does an on-air stint. Rob acts as Radio NFA’s go-to tech guy.

John Heta says moves are underway to train up more people to help run the station. He says he station only has a basic set up at the moment, a little mixer paid for by the Auckland City Council, and a computer donated by AUT.

The co-founders of Radio NFA are involved in the arts scene in Auckland and at the moment John Heta says most listeners seem to be from overseas, people involved in the arts in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.

Co-founder Tosh Ahkit was a postgraduate student at AUT when she investigated ways to empower the homeless to help themselves. She started with weekly art classes at the Auckland City Mission and added the lure of chocolate biscuits to get people there talking.

This is an image of Radio NFA Co-founder Tosh AhkitRadio NFA Co-founder Tosh Ahkit

Photo: Courtesy Tosh Ahkit

“Homeless doesn’t mean hopeless” she says and the homeless people themselves wanted to change perceptions among the mainstream public. She came up with the idea of radio because “radio has no borders”.

As a troubled teenager herself, Tosh lived in a series of foster homes and the last one was “ten times worse than any other experience”. But she was deeply involved in the local music scene. and she believes that helped her through a further decade spent in and out of  mental care. Tosh Ahkit says she can understand why people end up living on the streets.

John Heta says some street people have lost self respect, because of their experience in the mental health system, but they can make changes. Radio NFA would like to help.

Tosh Ahkit says the Radio NFA is now in transition. She says  it was orginally supposed to be a one-off pop-up radio station.She says if it’s to survive as a  proper 24/7 station it would need government funding. Here she laughs, a little disbelievingly?  Station staff would be paid to be advocates for “sustainable change” for homeless people.

“I think that’s a realistic goal, but it will be a long term plan”, she smiles.

“Kia ora my name’s Shadow, I’m talking to my friend Daniel about homelessness. Daniel is homelessness a  worry, a hassle or no concern at all? Daniel: Personally, no concern at all. Compared to where I came from, being on the street is a lot safer.Shadow: Why do people live on the streets?Daniel: Freedom. Freedom from society where you have to be a certain way, act a certain way. There’s a lot of pressure. But on the street, you only have yourself to worry about.Shadow: Thank you Daniel.

Originally aired on New Zealand Society, Friday 4 September 2015

Text taken from Radio New Zealand National check it out here

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Soup Day Event 2

Radio nfa collaborates with Waitakere unitech student to feed the community with soup and good music.

Radio NFA started going live at 11:30am playing to the crowd that gathered.

12noon M.C. Robbie D made announcements about what the day would involve and thanking Auckland city library,Kai Auckland,Auckland city council and Jake and Melanie from Waitakere unitech bachelor of Social services for offering their services to make soup.

12:15pm-Soup was served to the community and was thoroughly enjoyed by all,not just the rough sleepers whom were there but the general public as well.The soup went faster than we had hope but was a very successful day.

12:40pm M.C. Shadow interviewed 3 members of the homeless community i.e.Richard a former rough sleeper,Jackson-A current rough sleeper and Savannah-A former female rough sleeper.All were asked about their experiences as rough sleepers and what there current situation is now.Richard spoke first and set the theme for the day,then Jackson whom spoke about what is going on for him now and to rap up the day of interviews Savannah whom touched on what she experienced from a female prospectus.

1pm-M.C.Robbie D rapped up the day with some final notices about 10 things you didn’t know about the library e.t.c then we finished off with some refreshing sounds to end the day.

1:30pm-Day comes to an end.

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Shadow Busking

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NFA Heads Back to School

Hanging out at MAINZ!

We went to MAINZ to learn new skills, like how to use recording software and how to create stings and commercials to use for Radio NFA. Up-skilling what knowledge we already has helped us learn about qualities of sounds and work towards making a great podcast. It was an intense two days of training, and we had a lot of fun getting an inside look at how a studio operates, and checking out all the specific gear. Thanks MAINZ! See you next year!

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Soup day event

Radio nfa collaborates with Waitakere unitech student to feed the community with soup and good music.

Radio NFA started going live at 11:30am playing to the crowd that gathered.

12noon M.C. Robbie D made announcements about what the day would involve and thanking Auckland city library,Kai Auckland,Auckland city council and Jake and Melanie from Waitakere unitech bachelor of Social services for offering their services to make soup.

12:15pm-Soup was served to the community and was thoroughly enjoyed by all,not just the rough sleepers whom were there but the general public as well.The soup went faster than we had hope but was a very successful day.

12:40pm M.C. Shadow interviewed 3 members of the homeless community i.e.Richard a former rough sleeper,Jackson-A current rough sleeper and Savannah-A former female rough sleeper.All were asked about their experiences as rough sleepers and what there current situation is now.Richard spoke first and set the theme for the day,then Jackson whom spoke about what is going on for him now and to rap up the day of interviews Savannah whom touched on what she experienced from a female prospectus.

1pm-M.C.Robbie D rapped up the day with some final notices about 10 things you didn’t know about the library e.t.c then we finished off with some refreshing sounds to end the day.

1:30pm-Day comes to an end.

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Te Waha Nui Interview link

Check out our interview with Victoria White on Te Waha Nui!

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Shadow’s Hour

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White Night at Auckland City Library

White Night at Auckland City Library 2015

On the 14th March Radio NFA participated in the white night exhibition at the Auckland City Library. the night was a huge success, there was food provided by Accompany, light refreshments and hot beverages. NFA was able to engage the public one on one on the topic of homelessness, and a great night was had by all partying till midnight, drinking and dancing outside the library.

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Live Lunch @ Urban With Shadow

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Live Lunch At Urban With Shadow part 2