Peter Baird

Peter Baird, Acting Manager, Wellington Radio ZLWWorked at:

  • Wanganui Telegraph Office: Telegram Boy, from Sep 1962
  • Radio Training School: Trainee Radio Operator, from Mar 1962
  • Wellington Radio: Radio Operator, 16 Dec 1963 – 30 Oct 1993 (station closed 30 Sep)
  • Maritime Operations Centre, Wellington: Radio Operator, Feb 1995 – Dec 2017 (retirement)

Service:
Post Office and Telecom: 31 years
Kordia Ltd: 22 years

Incidents that occurred during Peter’s years at Wellington Radio

Peter Baird, acting manager of Wellington Radio ZLW, at the 500kHz desk on closing day, 30 September 1993

Peter Baird, acting manager of Wellington Radio ZLW, at the 500kHz desk on closing day, 30 Sep 1993. Evening Post photo

Peter Baird at the Maritime Operations Centre – Taupo Radio, Nov 2017

Peter Baird at the Maritime Operations Centre – Taupo Radio, Nov 2017
Peter, or ‘Mr Baird’ as we know him, is about to retire in a couple of weeks after 50 years service to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) on marine radio. For over 50 years he has been doing shiftwork, including 12-hour day and 12-hour night shifts. He has worked Christmas Days, New Years Eves, missed family birthdays and get togethers etc. The life of a shift workerk isn’t for everyone. Peter probably has one of the biggest collections of Morse keys in New Zealand – around 100 and counting! And this is his second collection, as a house fire wiped out his first collection, so he had to start again.” Words and photo: Tony Graham

Farewell get-together in honour of radio operators Peter Baird, Allan Burgess and James Lamb, all leaving the Maritime Operations Centre / Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM

Farewell get-together in honour of radio operators Peter Baird, Allan Burgess and James Lamb, all leaving the Maritime Operations Centre / Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM. L-R: Tony Graham (ZLB, ZLC, ZLD, currently ZLM), James Lamb (RNZAF, ZLM), Peter Baird (ZLW, ZLM), Allan Burgess (ZLZ, ZLX, ZLC, ZLQ, ZLW, ZLM), Graham Turner (ZLW, ZLC, retired manager of ZLM), Brendan Comerford (ZLW, ZLC, current manager of ZLM). Photo courtesy Tony Graham