Trevor Plant

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6490



DipT, CertT, CertRadioBroadcasting.


Trevor has worked in New Zealand radio for over 25 years. He’s a Senior Lecturer in the Radio Major and teaches radio performance, radio production, radio research, and applied radio techniques. He also works as a freelance producer, writer, presenter and voiceover artist. Trevor produces a weekly children’s radio programme, Suzy & Friends, which plays on 23 radio stations nationwide. He’s won numerous New Zealand Radio Awards, including: Best Radio Commercial, Best Daily or Weekly Series, Best Documentary/Feature Programme - and in 2015 Best Children’s Programme. In 2017 he was a finalist in the prestigious New York International Radio Awards. Trevor regularly judged TRB's Orca Awards and is on the judging panel for the New Zealand Radio Awards.

Teaching Areas:

Radio, content creation, documentary making, writing for radio, radio advertising and promotion, media management, radio history, programme preparation, production and performance, radio as a business, emerging radio technologies, broadcasting standards.

Research Interests:

Radio content
Radio documentary
Audio in education
Culture and national identity in radio
Radio and oral story-telling traditions
Media convergence
Targeted audio content
Children’s radio
Radio audiences as communities
Radio histories
Language and context
Radio and music


Radio Programmes 

2016 – present
Suzy & Friends

A weekly, one-hour radio show, YouTube channel and website for kiwi kids and their families. Funded by New Zealand on Air and broadcast nationwide on 23 independent, local, community and access stations and networks. 


2009 – 2015
The Great Big Kids' Show with Suzy Cato

A 60-minute weekend morning radio show for New Zealand children. Funded by New Zealand on Air and broadcast nationally.


2003 – 2006
Small World

Classic children’s songs and stories, hosted by Don Linden. Broadcast Sunday mornings on the Solid Gold network.