The 15th Station Podcast Network


The 15th Station podcast was launched on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15) 2007, as that is the feast day of New Zealand. The podcast was launched as a collaborative project sponsored by the NZ Catholic national Catholic newspaper as part of its “new media” strategy.

In late 2008, just ahead of the first birthday of the original podcast, the 15th Station became a podcast network with the launch of two new podcasts: Catechiwi, a monthly catechesis/teaching podcast; and Familia, a monthly pro-life podcast in partnership with Family Life International in New Zealand.

At the end of 2009, as the network of podcasts and blogs continued to expand, the NZ Catholic team needed to focus their resources on their core business of producing New Zealand’s top Catholic newspaper. So, they looked for a partner to take the reins and continue to expand and develop the Catholic new media projects they had so ably started.

Enter Icon Media, a new New Zealand organisation which had been formed specifically to spread the message of the Church using digital means. The vision for the 15th Station is to continue to invest in and grow the stable of podcasts, as well as form partnerships with other Catholic media organisations throughout the country and the world, such as SQPN. The first new podcast under this vision is Ignition, a regular podcast launched in 2011 that provides serialised access to some of the great lectures and other content from events like Hearts Aflame and 6pence.

The latest episodes on the network

Station XV: Episode 135 — Expectation, Celebration, Protestation and Cooperation

16 February 2019 | 9:21 am
Sat Feb 16 09:21:32 2019

With the presidents of bishops conferences from across the world descending on the Vatican next week, the panel looks at the upcoming child protection summit and what we might expect. Pope Francis has returned for the summit after spending five …

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Station XV: Episode 134 — Security, Celibacy, Identity and Charity

15 January 2019 | 6:26 am
Tue Jan 15 06:26:04 2019

The Church in the United States, New Zealand and Germany is grappling with a number of big issues, with the southern US border and the impending New Zealand Royal Commission into child sexual abuse headlining this month’s show. The German …

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Station XV: Episode 133 — Christ, Christmas; Jesus, Justice

16 December 2018 | 8:22 pm
Sun Dec 16 20:22:24 2018

In our December episode, there’s a little Christmas spirit, but there’s a little bit of the Grinch as well. In New Zealand, new research has found that churches — Catholic and Protestant — aren’t all that popular, but Jesus remains …

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Station XV: Episode 132 — Investigation, Implementation, Immigration and Invocation

15 November 2018 | 7:20 pm
Thu Nov 15 19:20:38 2018

After lobbying from the Catholic Church and others, the New Zealand Government’s inquiry into child sexual abuse in institutions will include faith-based organisations. In the US, the Bishops have delayed implementing new abuse protocols after the Vatican asked them to …

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Missing October?

29 October 2018 | 2:27 am
Mon Oct 29 02:27:34 2018

We had some technical issues this month everybody – sorry about that! After persevering, we ended up recording a great episode…only to find out that the recorder had only picked up James – no Gavin or Anna! So, we decided …

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