Ko Maungataniwha te Maunga
Ko Mangamuka te Marae
Ko Ngapuhi te Whare
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko Ngapuhi-nui-Tonu te Iwi
E nga Reo, E nga Mana,
E nga Karangaranga maha
Nau mai, Haere mai, Tautoko mai
Tautoko’ .. te Kaupapa
Te Reo Takiwa o Tautoko was a collective effort of Iwi, from local hapu and whanau, to establish a Radio Station as a means of giving voice to the people within the Hokianga and surrounding communities and as a commitment to the revival of Te Reo me ona Tikanga.
Established in 1983 Te Whare Awhina o te Iwi Community Trust became the backbone to the aspirations of the local Iwi.
Being the first Maori Broadcaster in Te Taitokerau and driven by sheer determination and passion and at times against all odds the vision became a reality.
With Technical assistance from 3 Mainstream Radio Stations and the support of Te Upoko o te Ika the first maori radio station, Tautoko FM went to air in 1988.
Local Kuia and Kaumatua were the Pou o te teihana,
the language experts who came and offered their services without pay to participate in daily operations so that the younger ones–who had little or no knowledge–could learn to speak Te Reo with confidence.
This invaluable input is an ongoing legacy that is treasured by all,
No reira ka nui te mihi e kui ma e kara ma, e kore koutou e warewaretia
Many of the past Staff have since left for greener pastures fully equipped with Broadcasting skills and armed with Te Reo Maori.
Tautoko currently employs over 21 Staff, with Programmes that caters for a wide range of audienceship from Tamariki Mokopuna to Kuia Kaumatua with ‘Live’ on air participation.
Iwi from whanau and hapu have without a doubt contributed to the success of Tautoko FM who has a high listenership and maintains an ongoing commitment to Te Reo Maori.
Together with Te Hiku o te Ika in Kaitaia and Ngatihine in Whangarei whanaungatanga is tenfold through interlinking on a regular basis, and sharing Staff if and when required.
On the 28 November 2009 there was the offical opening and blessing of a Film and Audio Recording Facility, new on-air studio, new web site, upgraded building and new office space.
Future plans include the development of more smaller Satellite Stations throughout the Broadcasting area including a Transmission Facility in Tamaki Makaurau and more use of the latest technology to produce good quality mixed media programmes.
Tautoko FM is dedicated to the vision of those who worked tirelessly over the last 21 years.