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Wellington radio station Radio Active 88.6FM has been given a new lease of life but we need your support.


A loud and proud supporter of local music and creative communities for four decades, Radio Active now calls upon its listeners and the wider Wellington community to donate in support of the station as it works back to financial stability

The Radio Active Charitable Trust has been formed by key figures from Wellington’s creative arts and business communities, who will work together to develop a new vision for the station.

Radio Active will remain on air, but has launched an ambitious Givealittle campaign aiming to raise $88,600. Radio Active’s listeners can help by donating to secure the station’s future as a vibrant voice in Wellington and world radio. We ask everyone who has enjoyed Radio Active over the past 40 years to give what they can to help reactivate Radio Active.

One of New Zealand’s first FM stations, Radio Active launched the careers of prominent broadcasters including Maggie Barry, John Campbell and Samantha Hayes, and continues to draw its unique sound from the passion and dedication of scores of volunteer DJs and music aficionados. An active champion of New Zealand music, the station has broken numerous local acts like Shihad, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds and The Phoenix Foundation.

The Radio Active Charitable Trust thanks founding donors San Fran, Havana Coffee Works,  Mayor Justin Lester and the Wellington City Council,  Havana Bar,  Fat Freddy’s Drop, Rocket Fuel, The Random Group, Good Fortune Coffee and a number of private donors for their support. Please join them in funding a brighter future for Radio Active!

Please give generously to help reactivate Radio Active.

Please note Radio Active Charitable Trust has donee status so donations are eligible for a tax credit.

The funds raised will be used to: Enable Radio Active to retain key station staff, hire and train a much needed advertising representative, pay rent and upgrade key studio equipment.