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Wahine Day Short Film (Full Length) – 1973 Documentary

Wahine Day

Short Film (Full Length) – 1973 Documentary

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The focus of this short film is a memorial service on Seatoun Beach, five years after the sinking of interisland ferry Wahine on 10 April 1968. More than 50 people died when the ship keeled over just inside Wellington Harbour, after hitting a reef during a ferocious cyclone. The ferry had been in service just 20 months. National Film Unit director Sam Pillsbury uses archive footage of the sinking, along with reconstructions and recreations of radio reports. The memorial service itself was recreated for the film. There are also images  the attempted salvage operation.

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It seemed impossible that so many lives could be lost so close to shore. Although the main cause of the accident was the atrocious weather conditions, the subsequent inquest also acknowledged that errors of judgement had been made both on board the ferry and on shore.
– Website New Zealand History online

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For requests to re-use this title, contact Archives New Zealand.

Acknowledgements

NZ Broadcasting Corporation, The Dominion, The Evening Post, Wellington Harbour Board, Police, Meteorological Service, Post Office, Railways