Radio Stations in Wellington

Radio Stations In Wellington

This is a list of radio stations in the Wellington Region of New Zealand.

Note: Several FM stations changed their frequency during October 2010, as broadcast licenses were renewed and spacing standardized to 0.8 MHz. AM stations were also moved in 1978 when New Zealand switched from 10khz frequency spacing to 9khz spacing.

As a general rule, full-power FM frequencies in Wellington are spaced 0.8 MHz apart, starting from 89.3 MHz

  • Some Hutt Valley "infill" frequencies have been allocated to the 0.4 MHz "gap" in between other stations. (These are highlighted in gold.)
  • Low-power FM stations are highlighted in blue.
Major radio stations in Wellington
Frequency Name Format Broadcasting on frequency since Previous stations on frequency
88.6 KIX FM
Low-power FM station - Wellington Central
Classic Rock and New Rock 2010
87.9 MUSE Radio
Low-power FM station - Wellington Central
Student Radio
87.9 The Cheese
Low-power FM station - Lower Hutt Centrall
Adult Contemporary
88.1 Human FM
Low-power FM station - Wellington Central
Student radio 2005
88.3 Mix FM
Low-powered FM Station - Western Suburbs
Adult Contemporary 2003
88.3 The VBC
Low-power FM station - Wellington Central
Student radio 2007
88.4 The Cheese
Low-power FM station - Wainuiomata/Hutt Valley
80s, 90s & Today July 2006
88.6 Radio Active Student radio 1981 on 89FM
89.3 Newstalk ZB Talk radio
90.1 Classic Hits 90FM Adult contemporary 1993 Broadcast on 90.0FM prior to 2010
1990–1991 2ZB

1991–1993 B90 FM
(same station but rebranded)

90.9 91ZM Hit music 1985
91.7 The Edge Pop music 2007 Early 1990s - 1992 Fox FM
1992–1995 The Heat 91.7FM
1995–1997 The Box 91.7FM
1997–1998 92 Hitz FM
1998–2005 Channel Z
2005–2006 Kiwi FM
92.5 Radio New Zealand Concert Classical music
93.3 Radio Hauraki Classic rock 2010 Broadcast on 93.1FM prior to 2010
93.7 Radio Sport
(Hutt Valley transmitter)
Sports talk 2012 Broadcast on 93.5FM prior to 2010
1986 - 2007 91ZM
2008 - 2012 Easy Mix
94.1 The Breeze Easy listening 1993 1992–1994 Radio Windy/Windy FM
94.7 Decomissioned Frequency decomissioned after 2010 realignment
1996 - 2004 Channel Z
More FM Wellington
94.9 Atiawa Toa FM
(Porirua transmitter)
1990s
95.3 More FM Wellington
(Hutt Valley transmitter)
Adult contemporary 2010
95.7 Coast Middle of the Road 2011
96.1 Radio New Zealand Concert
(Hutt Valley transmitter)
96.5 The Rock Active rock
97.3 The Sound Classic rock 2012 Stations broadcast on 97.5FM prior to 2010
1992 2XX Kapiti
1992–1993 Cadbury Moro FM
1995–1997 The Quake 97.5FM
1997–1999 Solid Gold
2000–2008 The Edge
2008-2011 Solid Gold
98.1 Life FM (Porirua) Contemporary Christian music 1993 1992–1994 Radio Windy/Windy FM
1994–2010 The Breeze (New Zealand)
98.5 The Breeze (New Zealand)
(Hutt Valley transmitter)
1995–1996 Kix FM
1996–2004 Channel Z
98.9 Radio Live Talk radio Station broadcast on 98.7FM prior to 2010
1991–2004 More FM
99.7 More FM Wellington Adult contemporary 1991 Station broadcast on 100.0FM prior to 2010
100.5 Mai FM Urban Contemporary 2012
100.9 Atiawa Toa FM
(Wellington & Hutt Valley transmitter)
2010
101.3 Radio New Zealand National
101.7 Radio New Zealand National
(Hutt Valley transmitter)
102.1 Kiwi FM New Zealand music 2006
103.7 Niu FM Urban contemporary 2002
104.1 Niu FM
(Hutt Valley transmitter)
Urban contemporary 2010
104.5 Radio Sport Sports talk 2012 2005 Radio New Zealand National (Hutt Valley)
2005 - 2011 Coast
105.3 Radio Tarana Contemporary Indian Radio Station 2011 2009–2010 Hit Radio X105
106.1 Hutt Radio Community/Access - Hutt Valley 2009
106.7 George FM
Low-power FM station - Wellington Central
Dance Music
107.2 Secret FM
Low-power FM station - Lower Hutt Central
Youth Radio
107.7 Groove 107.7FM
Low-power FM station - Wellington Central
Cafe / Jazz
AM Stations
567 Radio New Zealand National 1978 Broadcast on 570 kHz from 1927–1978
657 Southern Star and Parliament radio Christian radio 1999 1978–1986 Concert Radio (broadcasting on 660 kHz prior to 1978)
711 BSport and Radio Trackside Sports talk 2007 1992–2007 Radio Pacific and Radio Trackside
783 Samoan Capital Radio
783 Wellington Access Radio 1981
891 The Breeze Easy listening 1993 1978–1993 Radio Windy (broadcasting on 1080 kHz between 1973 and 1976 and 890 kHz between 1976 and 1978)
972 Radio Rhema Christian radio 1992
1035 Newstalk ZB Talk radio 1993 1978–1993 2ZB (previously broadcasting on 980 kHz between 1937 and 1978)
1161 Te Upoko O Te Ika 1986 1978–1986 2ZM (previously broadcasting on 1130 kHz between 1969 and 1978 and using callsign 2YD between 1937 and 1969)
1233 Radio Live Talk radio 2008 1990–1994 BBC World Service
1995–1996 Radio Liberty
1996–1997 BBC World Service
1997–1999 Southern Star
1999–2008 Solid Gold
1323 Currently Unused 1988–1994 Aotearoa Radio
1377 Radio Sport (Kapiti Coast) Sports talk
1503 Radio Sport Sports talk 1998 1982–1992 Radio Rhema
1997–1998 Sports Round Up

Note: There are a number of low-power FM stations that are operating in Wellington, whose broadcast range may be less than that of the full-power FM stations.

Generally low-power FM stations can be found in two parts of the FM band:

  • between 87.5 MHz and 88.5 MHz
  • between 106.6 MHz and 108 MHz.

Low-power FM station Fleet FM(107.3 MHz)that is are now off-air. KIX FM (a Classic Rock station that broadcast on 88.7 MHz is now on 87.6 FM)

FM Stations on the Kapiti Coast
Frequency Name Format Broadcasting on frequency since Previous stations on frequency
89.5 Newstalk ZB (Kapiti Coast) Talk radio
90.3 More FM (Kapiti Coast) Talk radio
91.1 91ZM Hit music
91.9 The Rock Active rock
92.7 Classic Hits FM (Kapiti Coast) Adult contemporary 2004
93.5 BSport and Radio Trackside Sports talk
94.3 The Sound Classic rock
95.9 Coast Middle of the Road
96.7 Life FM Contemporary Christian Music
97.5 The Edge Pop music
98.3 Radio New Zealand Concert
99.1 Radio Live Talk radio
100.7 The Breeze (New Zealand) Easy listening
101.5 Radio New Zealand National
104.7 Coast Access FM
105.5 Triple X FM Classic rock
106.3 Beach FM Local Radio

The Following frequencies were previously used in the Wellington region, but were decommissioned in the clean-up of frequencies in October 2010.

It is unlikely that most of these will be used again, as many decommissioned frequencies do not fit the current spacing plan.

(Note: 96.9 MHz does fit into the Hutt Valley spacing plan, and is the only decommissioned frequency that might be re-used in future)

Decommissioned frequencies in the Wellington region
Frequency Status Previous stations on frequency Area served Replacement frequency (if applicable)
89.0 Decommissioned ?–2011 Radio Active Wellington 88.6 (Radio Active)
89.4 Decommissioned ?–2010 Radio Sport Upper Hutt / Hutt Valley 93.7 (Radio Sport - Hutt Valley transmitter)
90.0 Decommissioned 1990–1991 2ZB
1991–1993 B90 FM
(same station but rebranded)
1993–2010 Classic Hits 90FM
Greater Wellington 90.1 Classic Hits 90FM
93.1 Decommissioned 2004–2010 Radio Hauraki Greater Wellington 93.3 (Hauraki)
93.5 Decommissioned 1986–2007 ZMFM/91ZM
2007–2010 Easy Mix
Hutt Valley Easy Mix moved to 93.7MHz & closed June 2012, replaced by Radio Sport
94.7 Decommissioned 1995–1996 Kix FM
1996–2004 Channel Z
2004–2010 More FM Wellington
Hutt Valley 95.3 (More FM - Hutt Valley)
95.6 Decommissioned 1980s–2010 Radio New Zealand Concert Hutt Valley 96.1 (RNZ Concert - Hutt Valley)
96.3 Decommissioned 1990s Pirate FM
1999–2010 The Rock
Greater Wellington 96.5 (The Rock)
96.9 Decommissioned 1990s–2010 Atiawa Toa FM Wellington & Hutt Valley
(excluding Porirua)
100.9 Atiawa Toa FM
98.7 Decommissioned 2004–2005 More FM (moved from 98.9FM)
2005–2010 Radio Live
Greater Wellington 98.9 (Radio Live)
99.2 Decommissioned 2006–2010 Life FM Porirua 98.1 (Life FM - Porirua)
99.4 Decommissioned 2005–2010 Coast Greater Wellington 95.7 (Coast)
100.0 Decommissioned 1991–2010 More FM Wellington Wellington / Porirua 99.7 (More FM)
100.7 Decommissioned 2002–2010 Niu FM Hutt Valley 104.1 (Niu Fm - Hutt Valley)

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