The reinstatement of the Waipapakauri mast near Kaitaia which serves the Far North of NZ means that 837 RNZ National and 1026 Newstalk ZB return to the air after going off air in July.
The Ōtaika transmission site carries 837 RNZ National serving Whangarei and Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe carries 981 RNZ National & 1215 Newstalk ZB. These sites are still on air.
The Waipapakauri closure some months ago was seen as a foreunner of a gradual move away from AM transmissions with a rumoured 2030 date for a more general closedown. This year the FM coverage of NewsTalk ZB in the Far North was bolstered by a more powerful transmitter (10kw) on 105.1 being installed at Maungataniwha.
Bryan Clark, Mangawhai – Northland to mwmasts iog (2022-12-02)