ROCK THE BOAT – THE STORY OF RADIO HAURAKI
TVNZ HEARTLAND – Saturday 9 February, 8.30pm
This documentary charts the formation of Radio Hauraki, New Zealand’s first ‘pirate’ radio station, led by journalist David Gapes.
In December 1966 Radio Hauraki began broadcasting from a boat in the Hauraki Gulf.
The refusal of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation to grant them a license forced the production team to take to the waters and become a pirate radio station.
This documentary tells the turbulent story of the first few years of the radio station, through water-front battles with police to shipwreck, and to the eventual successful granting of a land-based broadcasting license.