Story: Telecommunications

Apirana Ngata on the phone

Apirana Ngata on the phone

Using ‘wireless telephony’ Sir Apirana Ngata, on behalf of the acting prime minister, formally opened the telephone link to Australia in November 1930 with the words: ‘Tēnā koe. I hope you understand Māori over there in Australia …’

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A. C. Wilson, 'Telecommunications - Post and Telegraph, 1914–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by A. C. Wilson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Apr 2022