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NZBC Classics - Wahine Disaster Television (Full Length) – 1968 News/Current Affairs

NZBC Classics - Wahine Disaster

Television (Full Length) – 1968 News/Current Affairs

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

[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....
– Article on the NZ Broadcasting Corpration's win at the World Newsfilm Awards, The Listener, 6 December 1968