2013: 20th anniversary of Wellington Radio closure

Te Ahumairangi Hill (aka Tinakori Hill, Mt Etako or Mt Wakefield) site of former coast station Wellington Radio ZLW.

The view from Te Ahumairangi Hill – site of former coast station Wellington Radio ZLW. Photo: Lisa.Ng on Flickr

At 11am on Sunday 29 September 2013, former staff of Wellington Radio ZLW marked the 20th anniversary of the station’s closure with an event on the site of the former coast radio station.

The site, on Te Ahumairangi Hill – formerly known as Tinakori Hill, Mount Etako or Mt Wakefield – has been made into a lookout area with picnic tables.

The highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of a new picnic table, with two memorial plaques embedded in its surface – one marking the site of the former ZLW building and the other honouring nine New Zealand civilian radio operators killed by Japanese forces after being taken prisoner in Kiribati in 1942.

Plaque 0the closure of Wellington Radio ZLW, unveiled 20 September 2013 on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill)

Plaque commemorating the closure of Wellington Radio ZLW, unveiled 29 September 2013 on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill)

Plaque commemorating the murder of nine New Zealand radio operators by Japanese soldiers during WW2, unveiled 20 September 2013 on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill)

Plaque commemorating the murder of nine New Zealand radio operators by Japanese soldiers during WW2, unveiled 29 September 2013 on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill)

Programme:

  • Master of Ceremonies: Geoff Kenny ZLW, ZLC 1977- 82
  • Welcome & opening remarks: Barry Allison ZLB, ZLW 1965-1991
  • Unveiling: Peter Baird ZLW 1963-1993 & Lyn Turner, a baby at ZLW
  • Speakers
  • Toasts:
    The Coast Station watchkeepers 1912-1993
    The Coast Communities (Especially ZLW)
  • Absent Friends: “Oscar” Wilde, ZMDW Dick White, Gordon Minshall, Geoff Hanson, Dick Jarlov, Craig Wratten, Brenda Glasier, Marilyn Lemberg, Barry McCartain, Morrie Searle, Dex Barratt, Ellie Ellenden, Jack Ryan, Owen Bradley
  • Custodians: Mr Coolie (of Coolie Gang fame), Dick Gilsenan, Tony White
  • Closing remarks: Geoff

On the same day, members of the Musick Point Radio Group hosted a reunion for former staff of Auckland Radio ZLD at Musick Point, as well as a day of on-air activities on the amateur radio bands.

Both stations were closed on 30 September 1993, when all marine radio services were moved to Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM.

SEE ALSO: The final day at Wellington Radio ZLW

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