THE RADIO HAURAKI STORY

In 1965 David Gapes a Wellington journalist thought of a plan to break the New Zealand state broadcasting monopoly. The  scheme was to set up a radio station on an old ship off the coast of Hauraki near Auckland. In spite of desperate financial problems, political opposition and a battle with the Police and a major court case, storms and ship wrecks, by the 1st December 1966 Radio Hauraki was on the air broadcasting to millions of people from the motor vessell TIRI 1. Broadcasting on 1480Khz with a 1.5 Killowatt transmitter and an 70ft antenna she was heard throughout Auckland and  way  beyond . The station was  very popular with millions of listeners. But on the  28th of January 1968  the TIRI 1 ran aground on rocks at the Great Barrier Island you can actually hear the vessel hitting the rocks and announcments from the crew saying "I love you Mum and Dad". Several May Day calls were sent out and listeners were given constant updates on the situaction. A really dramatic recording that is on this CD. The TIRI 1 was towed to Auckland,she was badly damaged beyond repair.Four days after the grounding they found another ship the KAPUNI ,she was repainted in the original yellow colours and was renamed TIRI 2. By February 1968 Radio Hauraki resumed her tranmissions. By Christmas 1968 Hauraki began 24 hour broadcasting. An application for a private broadcasting licence were put forward to the Broadcasting Authority and after a long battle, legal wrangles Radio Hauraki was allowed a licence to broadcast legally on land. On the 1st  June 1970 Radio Hauraki closed down its operation on the Tiri 2.  At 6am on 26th September 1970 Hauraki made her first legal broadcast . Mr Gapes and the friends that joined him achieved what no other offshore station had done before apart from Radio Veonica, they gained sufficient support  and managed to have the broadcasting law changed that allowed the station to come on land and transmit legally. This recording is the complete story of Radio Hauraki from its earlly conception in December 1966, to its legal days on land. Definalty a historic recording and one for the avid collector .  Footnote;  The Tiri 2 was later brought ashore and was found to be unseaworthy a she was later broken up.

Approximate running time: 55mins

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