Story: Auckland region

Pirate broadcaster

Pirate broadcaster

Until 1970 the state had a monopoly on commercial radio broadcasting. For four years from 1966 a private station, Radio Hauraki, challenged that right by broadcasting from a ‘pirate’ ship anchored outside New Zealand waters. The venture was not trouble-free. Hauraki’s first ship sank off Great Barrier Island (Aotea) in a storm. Its second ship – shown here – ran aground in another storm, but was later refloated.

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland region - Popular culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 February 2024)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 1 Aug 2016