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  1. The first of two news items about this disaster.

  2. The second of two news items about this disaster.

Synopsis

On April 10th 1968 the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry Wahine ran aground and sank at the entrance to Wellington Harbour. 53 people died as a result of the accident; 51 on the day. This news piece features aerial footage of the ship after the storm, and NZBC reporters conduct dramatic interviews with survivors, police and the head of the Union Steam Ship Company. Coverage was only seen by Mainlanders after a cameraman rushed up to Kaikoura and filmed a TV set that could receive a signal from Wellington — then returned to Christchurch so the footage could be broadcast.

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 Keith Aberdein
 Peter Bryan
 Brian Shennan

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 Liz Lipski

Liz Lipski

I was in Form 2. We'd been sent home from school mid-morning. I remember the wind that day. I'd never experienced wind like that. A sheet of corrugated iron flying up the street just missed decapitating me. I made it home in time.

 Vicki Mortensen

Vicki Mortensen

I am a Kiwi living in Las Vegas where the Titanic exhibit is currently showing, but I remember the Wahine disaster - I was 7 years old and my family was from Wellington. Many watched this disaster unfold.

 Harold Mclean

Harold Mclean

My Uncle Graham Webb and my Father Harry Mclean helped recover the unfortunate souls on seatoun beach , just Awful

 Brian Shennan

Brian Shennan

Gary Cunningham was the cameraman shooting the sound interviews with me on Seatoun beach that day...interviewer, Keith Aberdein..

 John Sparks

John Sparks

I used to work as a Steward on the Wahine and left on the 31st March 1968, I would like to know if Garry Cooke and Terry Downes are still alive and their whearabouts, thanking you John Sparks

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[The NZBC team] worked under extreme conditions to shoot the film, in torrential rain and gale force winds, losing 1000 feet of film through water entering their cameras. Water marks here and there on the film show the sort of situation in which it was shot.... 

Awards

1968 World Newsfilm Awards
Winner Disaster Report Category: NZ Broadcasting Corporation