Link to Radio Heritage Foundation -

The Co-operative Global Radio Memories Project

Save 3ZB Site

Safe Future Needed for 3ZB Site

image of 3ZB 1938 Construction

'Christchurch architect H.Francis Willis inspects construction of 3ZB studios in Colombo Street, 1938'
© Green & Hahn Photography,
supplied courtesy of Amanda Ross

In David's Diary of February 9, we alerted you to plans by the Christchurch City Council (New Zealand) to demolish the original transmitter building of 3ZB, built in 1937.

Understand the issue better. Read our background paperLink to MS Word document (25kb) for details about the radio heritage values, the actual site location, the building, and our proposals for contemporary use.

image of 3ZB 1938 Construction

Dick Weir and 'Bertie the Germ' were great children's favorites during the early 1970's on 3ZB.
© Radio Heritage Foundation Collection

Find out what happened at the meetingLink to MS Word document (42kb) of local radio and heritage people held in Christchurch on February 22 2005 to discuss the issue.

The future of the building at this radio heritage site is not safe. You can do 3 easy things to help us save the 3ZB site today:

  • write to Deputy Mayor Carole Evans at the Christchurch City Council. Ask her to save the building and for it to be restored for radio heritage use
  • write to the editor of the local newspaper The Press. Ask for the building to be saved and for it to be restored for radio heritage use
  • contact us and offer resources such as time, materials, funds or 3ZB memorabilia. Help us organize a safe future for this important piece of Pacific radio heritage.


Radio Heritage Foundation projects and activities connect radio, popular culture, history and heritage.

We operate as a non-profit organization where all donations and funds received go towards our costs of meeting these objectives. We are incorporated as a charitable trust in New Zealand under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 [Registration # 1473801] and we are a registered charitable entity in New Zealand in terms of the Charities Act 2005 [Registration # CC25951].

We file an annual report including a financial report with the
New Zealand Charities Commission.
We are registered with the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department as having approved donee status for New Zealand tax residents who can claim a one-third rebate for every dollar donated to the Radio Heritage Foundation. Our New Zealand Goods & Services Tax [GST] registration number is 89-199-638.

We prefer to use environmentally sustainable goods and services where we can afford to, and we provide free community access worldwide to our collections, published research, preservation and promotion activities in a completely paper-free environment.

© Radio Heritage Foundation 2004 - 2018
Email us

Link to Freeparking