Mayoral candidates on air

Chain leader . . . Radio presenter Ian Telfer will interview aspiring mayoral candidates in his Otago Access Radio show Rattling the Chains from Monday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Dunedin radio presenter Ian Telfer is returning to his roots to host a series of interviews with aspiring mayoral candidates.

He called time on a 10-year career as a Radio New Zealand regional reporter based in Dunedin in Easter last year.

“It was 10 years on the road and I was starting to get a bit burnt out to be honest, and my family were starting to get sick of it.”

He was returning to radio to host the show Rattling the Chains – a pre-election radio, podcast and video series on OAR FM.

“It’s taken me a while to get back to radio but here I am.”

One of his first radio gigs in Dunedin was at the station about 20 years ago.

The station was then called Hills AM.

“It’s nice to come back to your roots.”

For the series, aspiring mayoral candidates would be matched up to go “head-to-head” for a half-hour interview discussion live-to-air.

The interview series would run for five consecutive weeks from this Monday.

The candidates would be questioned on their ideas, their influences, their values, their vision, and maybe even their favourite music.

“Most of all, why they want to be the mayor and wear those chains of office,” Mr Telfer said.

The candidates would be asked about their ideas and if they had what it takes to make them a reality.

“I want to know what they want to do and how they are going to do it. It’s all very well saying ‘I want to create jobs’, or ‘I want to make Dunedin a great small city’ but how? And what are you going to do that’s different from someone else?”

All candidates who have formally announced their intentions to stand have agreed to be involved. As other candidates were announced, an invitation to the show would be extended.

The interviews will also be filmed to produce a video version to be hosted on the station’s website, Facebook and YouTube channel.

The first candidates to be interviewed will be Jim O’Malley and Carmen Houlahan at 5pm on Monday.

The final show would be at 5pm on Monday, September 16.

“If we can give people a decent idea of who these people are then maybe it will make their choice a bit easier,” Mr Telfer said.

The programmes will be broadcast live on 105.4FM and 1575AM, live streamed from, and available on demand as a podcast.