1960: On 1 Jan, the Post & Telegraph Department is renamed the New Zealand Post Office (Post Office Act – 1959), but remains a government department.
On 31 Aug, international telex service using HF radio begins.
1962: Royal Commission of Inquiry into the State Services notes that “we have little doubt that in the long run the telecommunications business will become independent of the Post Office in one form or another.”1
1963: On 19 Oct, the last of New Zealand’s remaining Morse telegraph landlines were closed.
1 Wilson, A.C. (1994). Wire and wireless: A history of telecommunications in New Zealand 1890-1987, (p 147), Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.