NZ Disasters

This collection looks at some of New Zealand's most significant national tragedies. Spanning 150+ years, it tells stories of drama, caution, hope and recovery — from the 1863 wreck of the Orpheus at Manukau Heads, to Tarawera, the Wahine, Erebus, Pike River and Christchurch. In the backgrounder, Jock Phillips writes about the collection, and the "common sequence" to disaster.

Shipwreck - The Wreck of the Orpheus

Television, 2000 (Full Length Episode)


Television, 2000 (Full Length)


Television, 2006 (Excerpts)

Christchurch Fire

Short Film, 1947 (Full Length)

Spring Flames

Short Film, 2003 (Full Length)

The Truth about Tangiwai

Television, 2002 (Excerpts)

Tangiwai - A Love Story

Television, 2011 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Then Again - Strongman Mine

Television, 1986 (Excerpts)

Descent from Disaster - Strongman Mine Disaster

Television, 2013 (Excerpts)

NZBC Classics - Wahine Disaster

Television, 1968 (Full Length)

Wahine Day

Short Film, 1973 (Full Length)

Flight 901 - The Erebus Disaster

Television, 1981 (Excerpts)

Mikhail Lermontov

Television, 1986 (Full Length)

Destination Disaster: The Sinking of the Mikhail Lermontov

Television, 2000 (Full Length)

Cave Creek: The Full Story of a National Tragedy

Television, 1998 (Excerpts)

Sunday - Daniel Rocks

Television, 2011 (Excerpts)

The Women of Pike River

Television, 2015 (Trailer)

Dreams Lie Deeper

Television, 2014 (Excerpts)

When a City Falls

Film, 2011 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Five Days in the Red Zone

Television, 2011 (Excerpts)

Media7 - Series Seven, Episode 13

Television, 2011 (Full Length Episode)

A Shocking Reminder - Part Two

Television, 2012 (Full Length Episode)

The Day that Changed My Life

Television, 2015 (Trailer)

Chimney Book

Short Film, 2011 (Full Length)

New Zealand Stories - Battle at the Basilica

Television, 2011 (Full Length Episode)

Aftermath - Triumph of the City (Episode Five)

Television, 2013 (Excerpts)

The Art of Recovery

Film, 2015 (Trailer)


Television, 2008 (Excerpts)