31 Oct 2013

Welcome to The Wireless

1:55 pm on 31 October 2013

Here we are. Finally, out in the big wide world.

Work on the The Wireless, as you see it now, began about six months ago on the fourth floor of Radio New Zealand House.

Four people who didn’t really know what they were signing up for got together to decide what a “youth online project” should be.

We came up with a vision, developed a strategy and what you’re seeing on the site now is the start of our plan.

The Wireless produces inspiring, insightful and entertaining stories for New Zealanders who have grown up in the digital age.

Our work was born out of idea of a youth radio network, which has been kicked around in New Zealand for the past 20 years.

But the time for a radio network has passed. We live in an age where you can tell a story anyway you want on one platform – the internet.

You’re going to find stories told in video, photos, audio and text. Some will be told in two types of media, some will be told in all four, or maybe even more depending on where technology takes us.

Every month we'll be producing stories under a theme, and each week on a topic as part of that theme.

Our first theme is Free. We chose it because we're a free service, here purely to tell stories for and about New Zealanders who have grown up in the digital age.

And our first topic is Free: Money. We'll be looking at issues around debt, savings and how you can plan for your financial future. 

Our website has been designed with mobile phones in mind, as well as tablets, laptops and desktops.

What you see today is the result of the work of dozens of people - and the support of even more. Every one of them deserves a massive thank you.

This is just the beginning, and if you want to play a part in future of The Wireless get in touch. We want to hear from writers, videographers, photographers, designers and courageous thinkers.