19 Jun 2019

No plans to replace AM radio mast in the Cook Islands

From , 3:02 pm on 19 June 2019

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation says there are no plans to replace an AM radio mast that is to be dismantled on Rarotonga.

The mast at Matavera, built with New Zealand aid money many years ago to provide a signal to the outer islands, is rusted through in places and in danger of collapsing.

Pupils from an adjacent school have been moved to ensure their safety, while plans are made for the dismantling.

In a statement the CIIC says with the rollout of FM radio and the ability to digitally stream events of national importance, the AM signal is no longer required.

There are some concerns in the Cooks about this move and Don Wiseman asked RNZ Pacific's radio technical expert, Adrian Sainsbury, what getting rid of the AM radio signal would mean, particularly for the outer Cooks.

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