PYE

Pye was manufactured by Akrad Radio Corporation Ltd, they were distributed by G. A. Wooller & Co. Ltd. Currently there are 18 documented models.

Pye NZ Ltd was formed in 1951 when Akrad Radio (through GA Wooler) approached Pye Ltd in Cambridge, England to partner with them in developing television here.  This also led to a wide range of Pye radio models being introduced to the NZ market.

New Zealand Pye models were often prefixed PZ (presumably for Pye New Zealand) while English models were often just prefixed P, and many Kiwi models were similar to their English counterparts, albeit without the long-wave bands which served no purpose here since nobody was broadcasting on them in this part of the world. 

The Pye factory was finally closed in 1986 by Philips, who had bought the parent company in England many years earlier and subsequently took over Pye NZ in 1979.  While Philips had repeatedly said they would not close the factory, the governments removal of duties on Asian imports meant that NZ electronics manufacturers could no longer compete in the market and most of the remaining NZ radio manufacturers, including Pye, closed.

18 Documented Pye Models
IMAGEYEAR VALVESBANDSMODEL CODE
1953ish 4  Broadcast  Pye PZ43 'Model Y'
1953 4 + eye 5 Pye PZ71
1954 6 + optional magic eye 10 Pye PZ60 'Model H'
1954 7  Broadcast  Pye PZ65MBQ '65'
1954 5 + magic eye 8 Pye PZ69
1954 5 8 Pye PZ77
1955 5 6 Pye PZ95TG
1955 5  All Wave  Pye PZ98U
1956ish 5 + eye  Broadcast  Pye PZ101
1956ish 4  Broadcast  Pye PZ114BQ 'Jewel Case Portable'
1957 5  Broadcast  Pye PZ102
1957 5  All Wave  Pye PZ103
1957ish 5  Broadcast  Pye PZ57RG
1958 5  Broadcast  Pye PZ100
1960 5 4 Pye PZ108 'Ricardo'
1960 5 4 Pye PZ112
1963ish 5  Broadcast  Pye PZ105 'Pentette'
1967ish 5 + magic eye 5 Pye model 222 'Printed Circuit'