Radio Hauraki


Bill Gibb and his fishing vessel Marauder servicing the Radio Hauraki pirate radio ship Tiri II.
Photo: copyright Bob Whitmore
1965 David Gapes seeks to establish a private radio station. All stations at the time were Government run.
1966 The Tiri is bought and in November, 1966 Radio Hauraki goes on the air outside NZs then 5 mile territorial limit in the Colville Channel.
        A close association with Great Barrier Island begins.
1968 January, the Tiri is wrecked at the entrance to Whangaparapara Harbour.
        The Tiri II replaces her.
1969 Radio gear obtained in Fiji by Bill Calvert of Radio Hauraki on the 43ft yacht Aqualas. Don Armitage a fellow crewmember on the voyage. We had 'a little trouble' with Custom Dept on re-entering NZ.
1970 Radio Hauraki is finally given a radio licence and goes ashore at last after 1111 days at sea. 
 A link to a Radio Hauraki website is here.

The Tiri in Auckland on 2nd October, 1965. Photo supplied by David Shepherd. Thanks David.

The following two photos have been kindly supplied by Robin and Sandra Court:

 Tiri at Tryphena wharf November or December 1966, a little over a year before it went ashore at Great Barrier Island.

Tiri II August 1970.


Tiri is shipwrecked at Great Barrier Island January 1968 

In Brief

Live Broadcast of Shipwreck

Auckland- Disc jockeys in New Zealand’s only pirate radio ship, the 160 ton Tiri, broadcast a running commentary as she drifted on to the rocks of Great Barrier Island, off the east coast of North Island. Thousands of listeners heard the commentary and with a grinding crash, the wail of a siren, and the words : “The rocks are within swimming distance…I love you mum and dad”.

United Press International said the Tiri, which broadcast as Radio Hauraki, developed engine trouble as she returned to her mooring after joining the search for a man missing from a fishing launch. She is believed to have broken her back on the rocks, but all seven of the crew reached safety.

Source: The Times (London) Monday January 29th 1968.