1941: Three new towers at Awarua Radio

In 1938, the original 400ft steel mast at Awarua Radio was dropped by releasing the guys on one side. In its place three 150ft steel towers were erected – although this was not accomplished until three years later.

In November 1940 the New Zealand Posts and Telegraphs Department awarded the contract for the towers to Anderson’s Limited, an engineering firm in Lyttelton. The cost for the three towers was £2100.

Confirmation of the choice of Anderson's Limited to build the new towers for Awarua Radio.

Confirmation of the choice of Anderson’s Limited to build the new towers for Awarua Radio.

The towers were assembled on the ground, then winched into upright positions on concrete bases.

One of three new 150ft towers being erected at Awarua Radio in 1938

One of three new 150ft towers being erected at Awarua Radio in 1941

The three towers were condemned in 1971 and two of them were demolished with explosives in 1976 and the third in 1977.