Supporting the voices of our community

Last year, the WBS Charitable Trust received a record number of grant applications over the course of its two grant funding rounds. Among the successful applicants from the Trust’s October funding round was Arrow FM. They’d applied for a grant to help purchase wireless microphone and recording systems. They’re now using these devices to record the stories of everyday people throughout Wairarapa.

 Pictured above: Basharat Ahmed, President of the Youth Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, with the receiver unit purchased by Arrow FM with support from the WBS Charitable Trust.

‘We provide services to numerous community, cultural, ethnic and educational organisations throughout the region. We’re always looking to improve access and ease of operation for all our user groups, regardless of how remote they are from our station base,’ says station manager, Michael Wilson.

‘Our programme coordinator, Marina, is now able to use the new system throughout the region, to work with users living outside of Masterton. Another unit remains at the station for use by our whanau of programme makers, including primary schools participating in the Live Wires series.’

‘Thank you to the WBS Charitable Trust for ensuring another year of community access broadcasting in the Wairarapa’.