Makarora residents can now keep in touch with the wider Upper
Clutha community through the airwaves.
From last Friday, homes in the isolated valley between Wanaka
and Haast could tune into a local radio station, following a
grant by Central Lakes Trust to fund equipment to get Radio
Wanaka's signal into the town of about 100 full-time
Makarora Community Association vice-chairman Devon Miller was
responsible for getting the project off the ground.
Residents had talked about getting radio reception in the
town for some time but the catalyst was the huge dam created
by the landslip up the Young River little more than a year
"It made us realise that there was no real way of informing
people all at the same time about what was going on," Mr
Miller said last week.
The new equipment gave residents the option of interrupting
the radio station to broadcast messages to the local
community, which would be a great help during emergencies, Mr
Radio Wanaka owners Ed and Kim Taylor said they were pleased
to extend their coverage to Makarora.
The station also broadcasts in Wanaka, Cardrona, Luggate,
Tarras, Cromwell and Bannockburn.