Outstanding Contribution to Radio recognised at NZ Radio Awards

Published date : Fri, 09 July 2021 12:50 PM

Lecturer’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Radio’ recognised at NZ Radio Awards


Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi congratulates Kim Adamson, Lecturer at the NZ Radio Training School/Te Kura Pāpāho o te Motu – part of Awanuiārangi – for being recognised for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Radio’ at the 2021 NZ Radio Awards.

Mr Adamson has more than fifty years’ experience in radio broadcasting, winning more than 20 international and national radio awards in that time. A breakfast radio host for more than two decades, he was part of the long-running More FM Auckland’s Breakfast Show Kim and Corbett for 16 years. He has also been Programme Director for Radio Hauraki, and Triple M 89 FM, Creative Director for Radio Hauraki, and produced prominent radio broadcasting legend, the late Kevin Black.

The New Zealand Radio Awards were established by the Radio Broadcasters Association in 1978 to recognise excellence in radio broadcasting in New Zealand. The Awards celebrate the very best of New Zealand radio, honouring personalities, programming, news and sports reporting, production and creativity within the industry.

“It’s a real honour to be recognised in this way, and it is a privilege to also share this award with broadcaster Phil Gifford, who I’d worked with previously for a long time at radio Hauraki,” says Mr Adamson.

“I’m proud to have worked in the ‘golden age’ of radio, being involved with some incredible independent radio stations back then and witnessing the constant evolution of the industry over the years – it’s been a huge learning journey.”

NZ Radio Training School/Te Kura Pāpāho o te Motu students today get to benefit from Mr Adamson’s extensive on-air broadcasting skills, combined with his technical skills in production and programming.

“I’m really enjoying what I’ve been doing over the past ten years – passing on my knowledge in radio announcing and producing to rangatahi and seeing them make their mark in their own broadcasting journeys,” says Mr Adamson.

“My advice to those aspiring for a career in the radio broadcasting industry is this: have the passion, never say ‘no’, say ‘yes, I can do this’, and just give it a go.”

Awanuiārangi Chief Executive Officer, Professor Wiremu Doherty says the Wānanga feels privileged to have experienced lecturers like Mr Adamson in its fold, imparting their unique industry knowledge to equip the next generation of broadcasters.

“We congratulate Mr Adamson on this special achievement, as well as thank him for his impressive contribution to radio and the academic landscape over the years,” says Professor Doherty.

View the full list of winners of the 2021 Radio Awards here. More information about the NZ Diploma in Radio Broadcasting can be found here.


Pānui reo Māori

Kim Adamson, Lecturer at the NZ Radio Training School/Te Kura Pāpāho o te Motu.

Kim Adamson, Lecturer at the NZ Radio Training School/Te Kura Pāpāho o te Motu.

NZRTS is based at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Tāmaki Makaurau Campus

NZRTS is based at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Tāmaki Makaurau Campus

About the NZ Radio Training School / Te Kura Pāpāho o te Motu

Te Kura Pāpāho o te Motu is based at the Awanuiārangi Tāmaki Makaurau campus in Manukau and has four fully operational radio stations, along with green room facilities, news, and production suites for the practical training requirements of the programmes. It offers the Diploma in Radio Broadcasting (Level 5) programme/Te Poutairanga Pāho o te Motu at a tertiary level, as well as the STAR and Gateway programmes for secondary schools.

This programme is specifically designed for tauira new to the radio broadcasting industry or tauira thinking about a career in broadcasting and related media industries and environments. The programme offers a seamless learning space that is both a professional workplace environment, as well as providing hands-on educational experiences for our students. It includes a mix of kanohi ki te kanohi and blended delivery, comprised of noho, wānanga, mixed mode and field visits/practice, including building connections with the industry. The first intake of tauira began their broadcasting learning journey in June.


About Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi provides students with a unique opportunity to learn based on the values of āhuatanga Māori according to tikanga Māori – where Māori knowledge and practices are key components of the academic programmes, teaching delivery and student experiences.

Founded in Whakatāne in 1992 by Ngāti Awa and officially registered as a Wānanga in 1997 under s162 of the Education Act 1989, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is the only wānanga that delivers programmes from foundation studies through to Doctorates of Philosophy. This accent on higher qualifications is captured in the title, using the term “Whare” to describe this institution as a higher house of learning, similar to the ancient Whare Wānanga academies.

Today, with campuses in Whakatāne, Auckland and Whangārei, the vision of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is to encourage and enable its more than 5,900 students, including indigenous Doctoral students from Washington state and Hawaii, to “pursue knowledge to the greatest depths and its broadest horizons,” and make a difference to communities in New Zealand, and internationally.

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