Reflecting Dunedin’s cultural diversity important


OAR FM Dunedin is putting extra effort and resources into its mission to reflect the cultural diversity of Dunedin.

Arina Aizal is the access media station’s new Community Connector intern, a role that will see her extend and strengthen links with migrant communities through opportunities to create radio programmes and podcasts.

Ms Aizal helped establish the Muslim Chaplaincy Conversation programme on OAR FM and is now also hosting her own show, The Arinality.
This show features stories of women and their cultural identities, exploring their sense of belonging and wellbeing in New Zealand.

During a recent visit to Dunedin by Shane Whitfield, regional manager for community engagement at Office of Ethnic Communities, Ms Aizal took the opportunity to interview him about the Ethnic Communities Development Fund for a new Connecting Cultures Features podcast.

OAR FM’s new Community Connector will also be working with the station’s existing broadcasters, to help them strengthen connections with their audiences, and will assist with the development of Youth Zone programming.

Ms Aizal, who grew up in Malaysia, is a former international representative for Otago University Students’ Association and is at present a leadership network member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Anyone wishing to get in touch can email or call the station on 471-6161.

The Arinality airs every second Wednesday at 5.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM.

Podcasts are available from, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

A full schedule of OAR FM programmes can be found at

- OAR FM community liaison Jeff Harford

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