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Earthquake

Television (Excerpts) – 2006

The Hawke’s Bay earthquake still ranks as New Zealand’s worst civil disaster. More than 250 people died following the 7.8 magnitude quake on 3 February 1931. Director Gaylene Preston (Hope and Wire) gathered eyewitness accounts from survivors, including kuia Hana Lyola Cotter, who has never forgotten joining the rescue effort as a teen. This excerpt also includes eye-opening newsreel footage of the damage. Earthquake was nominated for Best Popular Documentary at the 2006 Qantas TV Awards. The sound team took away gongs at that year's NZ Screen Awards. 

When mother nature is angry, one of out of every four persons is injured, and more than 18,000 homeless will have lost everything they had in the world.
– Narrator on newsreel, made soon after the Naper quake

Key Cast & Crew

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Sue Woodfield

Network Executive

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Raewyn Humphries

Editor

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Polly McKinnon

Sound Editor

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Melanie Graham

Sound Editor

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Michael Hedges

Sound Mix

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Gaylene Preston

Director, Producer

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Acknowledgements

Produced in association with Hawke's Bay Museum (now MTG Hawke's Bay)

Made with funding from NZ On Air

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

Music

'Button Up Your Overcoat' performed by Jack Hylton and his Orchestra

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