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The Wahine Disaster Television (Full Length) – 2008 Documentary

The Wahine Disaster

Television (Full Length) – 2008 Documentary

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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. 

Key Cast & Crew

Sharon Barbour

Director, Writer, Narrator, Producer, Additional Camera

Adam Nolan

Additional Camera

Ross Marshall

Editor, Additional Camera

The Wahine was sailing into the most ferocious storm New Zealand had ever seen.
– Narrator Sharon Barbour