Globetrotting Kiwi Sharon Barbour worked at radio stations from Sydney to Christchurch before she started her first television job in 1990. After a year reporting for TV3 in Wellington, she moved to England. There she found work with the BBC's Special Documentaries Unit. She went on to research the 1968 Wahine disaster for two years in her spare time, culminating in the 2008 release of documentary The Wahine Disaster. The Māori Television programme, which Barbour directed, wrote, produced and narrated, won several awards. Barbour still lives in England, where she reports and presents for the BBC.
I was so moved by the stories, and how the men had broken through police lines to take their own boats out to rescue survivors. To this day, nothing moves me more. Sharon Barbour, on the Wahine disaster
This award-winning documentary chronicles how events unfolded for passengers on the morning the ferry Wahine hit rocks in Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968. Aside from interviews with survivors and crew, there are memories from two key rescuers — tugboat Captain John Brown and policeman Jim Mason — who both saved many people from rough seas. Writer Emmanuel Makarios argues that a distance of 20 feet would have made all the difference in avoiding disaster. This 2008 programme was made and narrated by Sharon Barbour, later to become a BBC reporter in England.
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