Awanui Radio 1931-Now

1934: The Lisle family bought the 100 acre Awanui wireless station for a farm. The price was £10,000, with the buildings “thrown in”. (The tower had been removed in 1930.)

1962: Bill Walker, former engineer of Awanui Radio, was interviewed for a radio programme.

1980: Radio amateurs marked the 50th anniversary of the closing of Awanui Radio.

1984: Les Elliston, the final manager of Awanui Radio, was interviewed for a radio programme.

1994: Work underway on the new Awanui Radio. Technician Robert Hoeksema took several photos of the former Awanui Radio next door.

Base of the original 400' tower, and in the distance the north anchor block at Awanui

Base of the original 400′ tower, and in the distance the north anchor block at Awanui. Photo 1994 Robert Hoeksema

Wireless Road sign

Photo 1994 Robert Hoeksema

1995: A “new” Awanui Radio ZLA signs on to offer SITOR radio service to shipping.

2013: Radio amateurs marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of Awanui Radio.

2016: The Awanui Radio site appears remarkably unchanged more than 100 years after it was built, as can be seen by comparing the following images from Google Street View and Google Satellite View with earlier photos on other pages of this site, for example on the Awanui Radio 1913-1919 page and on the original site plan for the station.

The former site of Awanui Radio VLA as seen on Google satellite view in 2016.

The former site of Awanui Radio VLA as seen on Google satellite view in 2016. Click to enlarge.

132 Wireless Rd, Kaitaia, former site of Awanui Radio

132 Wireless Rd, Kaitaia, former site of Awanui Radio. Click to enlarge.

132 Wireless Rd from a different angle, showing all three anchor blocks

132 Wireless Rd from a different angle, showing all three anchor blocks. Click to enlarge.

122 Wireless Rd, the house built for the Officer in Charge of Awanui Radio

122 Wireless Rd, the house for the Officer in Charge of Awanui Radio

112 Wireless Rd, the original Officers' Quarters for Awanui Radio

112 Wireless Rd, the original Officers’ Quarters for Awanui Radio

The "new" Awanui Radio ZLA, a SITOR maritime radio station located next door to the site of the original Awanui Radio

The “new” Awanui Radio ZLA, a SITOR maritime radio station located next door to the site of the original Awanui Radio. Photo: Google Street View 2016