Mem­o­ries of the masts

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Many read­ers were sad to see the largest Ra­dio New Zealand trans­mis­sion mast re­moved from Ti­tahi Bay on Tues­day.

Sev­eral re­lated per­sonal sto­ries on so­cial me­dia.

Sian Mercer said she grew up in Plim­mer­ton and could al­ways see the masts.

‘‘Watch­ing it com­ing down ac­tu­ally made me emo­tional. [It’s] so strange that you can have such a con­nec­tion to some­thing that meant very lit­tle. I now un­der­stand why peo­ple feel so strongly about the de­struc­tion of sym­bols like the flag,’’ she said.

Richard Prankerd re­called the mast be­ing hit by light­ning in the late 1960s and how the bang prob­a­bly woke up the en­tire bay.

‘‘Mel­bourne Mike’’ said a fa­mil­iar sight for many Welling­to­ni­ans had now been erased from the sky­line.

‘‘When I was a child I used to think it was the Eif­fel Tower. May she rust in peace,’’ he said.

‘‘JohnH68’’ said he was sad to see the mast go.

‘‘I was al­ways fond of the tower and re­mem­ber look­ing at it as a lad and be­ing amazed at its height,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve never thought of the masts as be­ing an eye­sore as their struc­ture was so ‘slight’. I got to work briefly in the trans­mis­sion build­ing back in the 1990s – a great place full of fas­ci­nat­ing his­toric broad­cast­ing-re­lated bits and pieces go­ing back to the 1930s, in­clud­ing amas­sive AWA short­wave trans­mit­ter in­stalled dur­ingWWII.’’

Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent ‘‘Zero123’’ was sad to see the mast come down.

‘‘Ev­ery time I drive home from Welling­ton or up north I al­ways looked for the flash­ing light on top of the mast to see how far from home I was. [It] won’t be the same.’’

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