1930 – 1939

1935: Government upgrades wireless stations

1930: Awanui Radio closes on 10 Feb.

1931: On 3 Feb, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake kills at least 256 people in Hawke’s Bay. Amateur radio operators provide emergency communications. Following the quake, the P&T Department decides to supply portable, battery-powered radiotelegraph transmitters and receivers to 16 key locations throughout the country as backup to landline communications.1

1937: In July, New Zealand wireless stations observe two minutes silence to mark the death of Marconi.

1939: Auckland Radio moves to Musick Point (official opening on 12 Jan 1942). New Zealand establishes a weather and radio station at Raoul Island in the Kermadecs. Wartime censorship imposed, with 16 full-time radio and telegraph staff acting as censors at the Auckland overseas cable terminal and Wellington Radio.2

» 1940 – 1949


Sources

1 Wilson, A.C. (1994). Wire and wireless: A history of telecommunications in New Zealand 1890-1987, (p 124), Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.

2 Wilson, A.C. (1994). Wire and wireless: A history of telecommunications in New Zealand 1890-1987, (p 131), Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.