28 Sep 2008

60 years of broadcasting to the Pacific

6:09 pm on 28 September 2008

Saturday marked 60 years since Radio New Zealand International began shortwave broadcasting across the Pacific.

With humble beginnings using two US military transmitters left behind after World War II, it went on to win the International Radio Station of the Year award in 2007.

Today Radio New Zealand International is considered a vital link between New Zealand and its Pacific neighbours with 18 Pacific Radio stations rebroadcasting RNZI material every day.

The first transmitters were at Titahi Bay, north of Wellington.

In 1990, the service was relaunched when the RNZI signal increased in power to 100KW, in time for the Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

60th Anniversary celebrations included a special 40 minute programme broadcast at 12:20am on Saturday and to be rebroadcast at 9.06pm on Tuesday.