Celebrating 100 years of radio in New Zealand 
Sounds Like Us 2011 Design Competition Winner - Amelia Haliday

This radio is so quintessentially New Zealand, reflecting the down to earth, hard working Kiwi. As Richard Taylor pointed out at our judging session, we are a nation who trudged through the mud to build a country on the back of agriculture. And today, you can find a pair of humble gumboots on every Kiwi's back step. (Judge's comments)

Amelia's rationale:

"New Zealand is a rural country, distinguished by its gracious landscapes; rivers, mountains, lakes, native bush and beaches.

Having grown up on a wee country estate/arboretum, I have definitely had the chance to experience what it is to be a down to earth kiwi girl. My whole life I have lived rurally, growing up surrounded with mud and puddles, therefore constantly going through my fair share of 'Red Band' gummies. This is where my inspiration for my kiwiana radio concept kicked off.

Red Bands are iconic to New Zealand as they were the first short boot ever to be invented in Aotearoa.”


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Radio Design Competition 2010 and 2011

Reaching far and wide into schools and tertiary institutions the design competition attracted hundreds of students keen to display their Kiwi creative ingenuity and explore why they were passionate about New Zealand culture and what it meant to them to be a Kiwi. The five winning radios are included in the Sounds Like Us exhibition.

2010 Winners

2011 Winners

Commended Radios

These were among the judge's top designs and only narrowly missed out on the prize.(.pdf's)

Sounds Like Us Touring Exhibition

The exhibition is on display at the Ashburton Museum from Saturday 9 December until late March 2018.