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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.


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