On 10 April 1968, tragedy struck at the entrance of Wellington Harbour when the inter-island ferry Wahine was caught in the worst recorded storm in New Zealand history. It ran aground on Barrett Reef before capsizing and sinking at the mouth of the harbour. 51 people lost their lives and the disaster has remained a significant event in New Zealand’s collective memory.
Through TV and Radio’s live streams of local television channels you can catch the coverage of the dawn service being held on 10 April 2018 at the Wahine Mast Memorial in Eastbourne. The dawn service is one of a number of commemorative events organised by the Wahine 50 Trust.
You can also view verbatim transcripts and papers from the official inquiry into the disaster in a one-case Special Collections display, General Library Level G, until 30 April.
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