The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) is the national membership organisation for amateur radio enthusiasts.
The association was first founded in 1926, held its first AGM in 1927 and produced its first magazine called Break-In in 1928.

The Association has been to dedicated to amateur radio since it started. It works to increase awareness and understanding of amateur radio and to make the hobby accessible to everyone.

Amateur radio licences were issued to the first New Zealand radio amateurs in 1922. NZART represents the interests of New Zealand licensed radio amateurs, both nationally (through RSM) and internationally (through its membership of IARU) and is a not-for-profit organisation (a registered charity) that:

  • Promotes the general advancement of the science and practice of radio communication or other relevant subjects.
  • Facilitates the exchange of information and ideas on these subjects among its members.
  • Aims to obtain the maximum liberty of action consistent with safeguarding the interests of all concerned.

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together.
People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones.
It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

NZART membership is open to all who have an interest in radio communications. Membership gives you a voice in how amateur radio is governed in the New Zealand and the opportunity to influence the direction and policy of the NZART. NZART is a membership-focused organisation. The national governing body (Executive Council) is elected nationally every two years. The day-to-day management of the association is under the control of a of our part-time employee, who is also the General Secretary/Business Manager who is based at the association head office in Upper Hutt.

You can find out about joining the NZART here.