On 3 June, the Post Office Regional Engineer wrote to the Manukau City Council requesting approval to replace two existing 46m towers at the Auckland Radio transmitter site in Oliver Road with two new 40m towers. This was almost two years after DF Ervine, Overseer Lines, had expressed serious concerns about the safety of the 40-year-old towers in a letter to the Divisional Engineer.
Two new consoles with electronic switching were installed in the radiotelephone room.
New Zealand Post Office published the booklet Coast Radio Station Service.
“Auckland Radio exchanges traffic on medium, high and very high frequencies with vessels around the New Zealand coast. Access to the internal and international telegraph networks is also available from Auckland Radio.
Present day services cover 24-hour distress watches on 500 kHz, 2182 kHz, 4125 kHz, 6215.5 kHz and Channel 16 VHF. Includes in these services are normal exchange of traffic with ships at sea, radiomedical service, radiotelephone call bookings, meteorological and navigational warnings.”
– New Zealand Post Office: Coast Radio Station Service (1983)
An episode of the TV series Terry and the Gunrunners was shot at Musick Memorial Radio Station.
On 15 May a work order was signed, to “remove, dismantle and regalvanise” eight towers at the Auckland Radio transmitting and receiving sites. No mention was made of reinstalling the towers.
Auckland Radio announcing a gale warning on 500kHz. Date unknown.
On 3 April the Government released the Morris-Mason review of the Post Office, which recommended, among other things, that telecommunications be run by a separate state corporation.
On 19 May, Finance Minister Roger Douglas announced that the Post Office would be split into three state-owned enterprises: New Zealand Post, Telecom (which would take over the coast radio stations) and Postbank, effective 1 Apr 1987.
Auckland Radio ZLD handled radio communications for yachts competing in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round-the-World race.
Dave Currie became station manager on 15 Feb.
Auckland Radio staff had a little fun with the top-secret SADIE aerial.
Auckland Radio manager Dave Currie won a Telecom Networks & International competition to guess radio operator Tony Graham’s time in cycling time trials. During his time at Auckland Radio, Tony represented New Zealand in cycling at the 1987 Oceania Games in Noumea, the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, the 1989 World Championships in Lyon and the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.
A reunion was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the official opening of Musick Memorial Radio Station.
Audio: Container ship Flinders Bay – GYSA calls Auckland Radio – ZLD on 500 kHz
Recorded by radio officer Roger Wincer aboard the inter-island ferry Arahura – ZMBS
(links to audio file on Roger Wincer’s website)
On 31 October New Zealand’s last remaining coast stations, Auckland Radio ZLD and Wellington Radio ZLW, closed forever.