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Rock the Boat: The Story of Radio Hauraki 1965-1970

Television (Full Length) – 1996

Pirate radio hit Kiwi airwaves on 4 December 1966 when Radio Hauraki broadcast from the Colville Channel aboard the vessel Tiri. Made by Sally Aitken, this film reunited the original pirates for the first time in 30 years to recall their battle to bring rock’n’roll to the youth of NZ. Featuring rare archive footage, the tale of radio rebels, conservative stooges, stoners, ship-wrecks and lost-at-sea DJs was originally made as a student film. It was bought by TVNZ and screened in primetime to praise: “Top of the dial, top of the class” (Greg Dixon in The NZ Herald).

The thing that motivated me to get into pirate radio more than anything else was the distaste I had for horse racing ...
– David Gapes, Radio Hauraki director

Key Cast & Crew

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David Gapes


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Gilly Tyler


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Paul Robinson


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Keng Lim


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Sally Aitken

Director, Writer

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Derek Lowe


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