1960: On 1 Jan, the Post & Telegraph Department (which operates New Zealand’s coast stations) is renamed the New Zealand Post Office (Post Office Act – 1959), but remains a government department.
It looks like the tech is probing the high voltage parts with a neon stick to ensure the volts were dead prior to working on the transmitter. He seems to be keeping his other arm behind as we were trained to do to avoid getting plated.
– Ralph Sanson
at 4.05 pm on 13 June, Auckland Radio ZLD received a PAN (Urgency) message from the coastal freighter Maranui, after the vessel’s cargo of bulk wheat shifted in a severe storm:
APPROXIMATELY 25 MILES EAST OF MERCURY ISLAND. ARE THERE ANY VESSELS IN VICINITY? LIST IS INCREASING.
Another call was made to Auckland Radio ZLD at 5.03 pm:
MAYDAY MAYDAY FROM MARANUI. POSITION 36.48 SOUTH 176.25 EAST. LISTING BADLY, REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE.
A minute later:
CLEARING LIFEBOATS AND LIFERAFTS NOW IN CASE THEY ARE NEEDED.
ZLD contacted the 8160 GRT Swedish freighter Mirabooka, which was approximately eight miles from Maranui.
Through outstanding seamanship in extreme conditions, the captain of Mirabooka picked up six crew from Maranui‘s liferaft, but nine others were swept away to their deaths.
In 2005, Maranui‘s resting spot was found when a trawler’s net snagged and brought up a radar scanner at 36° 42′ S, 176° 25’ E. (See more at maritimeradio.org)
1972: Auckland aviation radio (ZLF) moves from Musick Point to Mangere airport.