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It would be hard to imagine Wellington’s Hindi Radio Programme without the voice of Grenada North resident Jeff Khan. The radio broadcaster has been honoured at this year’s Absolutely Positively Wellington Awards for his radio station 105.3FM. Jeff has dedicated almost three decades of his life to broadcasting, spending much of his time in a studio passing on important national and community news to the Hindi communities in Wellington, Auckland and his native Fiji. Jeff said he loved his work for several reasons. “I enjoy music a lot. And through my job I had the chance to meet so many people.” In the 1970s Jeff joined local politics in Fiji, as a councillor and then deputy mayor of the northern Fiji town of Savusavu. But the radio waves called and he began his broadcasting career in 1988. He worked at four major radio stations there – Radio Fiji, Radio Navtarang, Radio Sargam and Radio Mirchi. He was reportedly known as the “Voice of the Nation”. Jeff moved to New Zealand in 2008 and worked for Radio Terana in Auckland before arriving in Wellington in 2010. For the past seven years, Jeff has kept his community up-to-date on current affairs, birthdays, deaths and marriages and local events. “The radio station is for everyone,” Jeff said. The community has also benefited from Jeff’s media experience in times of natural disasters, including the

Grenada North resident Jeff Khan was awarded for his Hindi radio station 105.3FM. PHOTO: Supplied

2016 Kaikoura earthquake and the damage in Fiji after Cyclone Winston. Jeff was a key source of information for the community, giving live updates on air about closures, damage and civil defence information, and organising for

donations of food and clothing to be collected and sent to Fiji. When he is not in the studio, he is planning, reading the news and selecting what needs to be in his show. He also enjoys cooking, playing billiards and watching rugby.

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