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Radio NZ launches new channel: TAHI

Published Wednesday 1 December 2021
Tahi is here! Visit their website

TAHI is a commercial free, editorially independent, ​public service media platform created for the rangatahi of Aotearoa. TAHI exists to connect rangatahi with the music, stories and culture of Aotearoa​.

Music is the TAHI

TAHI is here – a new platform from RNZ, for rangatahi. TAHI begins with music, a stream at that’s at least 40% local and features heaps of genres. There are Spotify playlists, plus live performances and plenty of music-related content.

TAHI Music Scheduler Harrison Pali says that TAHI will showcase music from young artists that are starting out in addition to established acts from Aotearoa and the world.
“We think that the best type of music is made when an artist creates their own authentic sound, so you won’t just hear radio bangers on TAHI. Our audience research showed that rangatahi are passionate about lots of different music genres and artists, TAHI will play and highlight all kinds of music, especially local.”

Core local artists on the TAHI playlist at launch include Baynk, BENEE, CHAII, Church & AP, JessB, Mikey Dam, Muroki, Paige, Reuben Fleetwood and SACHI. There are also tunes from Adam Snow, Balu Brigada, Bexy, Broods, Dual, Foley, Georgia Lines,
Imugi 이무기, Isla Noon, Kings, MELODOWNZ, Navvy, Rei, RIIKI, Rory Noble, Sam V, SWIDT, Thomston and Y$O. You can check out the full list of new releases in rotation including the international artists updated each week on The TAHI List.

Send them your waiata – how to submit music to TAHI
Send music to [email protected]
Send interview pitches and gig info to [email protected]

Video and audio

Next year, TAHI will start sharing podcasts and videos commissioned from young creatives, working with new and established production companies. There are already a bunch being made about everything from dating and parties, to whakapapa and social netball – and of course music is always at the heart of TAHI. Series coming in the new year include Amplified, The Barber Shop, The Citizen's Handbook, ConspiraSeries, Duality, The Elephant In The Bedroom, I Got You, Nights Out, and more.

If you have ideas for content, hit them up here:

Meet the TAHI kaimahi

The TAHI team consists of music scheduler Harrison Pali, digital journalist Evie Orpe, videographer Rob Burrowes, Nathaniel Howe (Ngāti Wai) who helped set up the content strategy and language plan, and RNZ commissioner for rangatahi, Māori and Pacific content Jodhi Hoani.

Evie Orpe - [email protected]

Rob Burrowes - [email protected]

Harrison Pali - [email protected]

TAHI is made for rangatahi, by rangatahi, with the support of the wider RNZ team.
Read the TAHI promise