NEW Dawn FM is a community radio station on the island of Bougainville that provides informative programming to listeners.
The conflict years Bougainville left parts of Bougainville underdeveloped and many people do not have access good roads, electricity or communication systems.
Some people have a radio and as a result, radio is one of the best ways to share important news.
This gave Aloysius Laukai (pictured) the idea of starting a community radio station.
So in 2005, he began New Dawn FM.
Unfortunately New Dawn FM’s broadcasts only reach Buka and some regions in the North of Bougainville, for the time being at least.
This could soon change though, as the Autonomous Bougainville Government and Bougainville Copper Limited jointly fund an upgrade to radio transmission infrastructure.
Founder and station manager of New Dawn, Aloysius Laukai, has stated that one of the stations objectives is to bring the people of Bougainville together.
“New Dawn FM’s aim is to make sure that North Bougainville understands what is happening in South Bougainville,” Mr Laukai said.
This objective leads New Dawn to take a special interest in reporting local reconciliation events, which build peace between people who were divided by the conflict.
This can be difficult after many years of fighting, but the people of Bougainville are trying to build a peaceful island and broadcasting can provide the information to solve difficult situations
Social change is a serious business and New Dawn is about serious business happening daily in Bougainville.
The crisis divided many people and now Bougainvilleans want to use freedom of expression to help bring people together after the conflict.
New Dawn has three main types of programming that cover local events, community programs and peace & reconciliation.
For local events New Dawn broadcasts programs about local weather, traffic, health and politics, both at a local and national level.
New Dawn also brings people together through programs that build community, with the aim to educate and empower people in Bougainville.
For example there are programs that give information about farming or health. Another program is called Bougainville women today, a learning program for communities that address women’s health issues, such as pregnancy in very young women and malaria.