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Wahine: The Untold Story

Wahine: The Untold Story on TVNZ Heartland

About the show

On 10 April 1968, the New Zealand inter-island ferry Wahine sank in Wellington harbour with 734 passengers and crew on board. 

Despite their proximity to the rescue services, 51 people lost their lives and Wahine Day has remained firmly etched in the consciousness of the nation.  This documentary revisits the tragedy 25 years on.  It is a gripping story of a freak storm and human error, of tragedy and heroism. 

This documentary is also a thorough investigation of the circumstances that led to the disaster.  The story unfolds through the eyes of the survivors and rescuers, some of whom are still traumatised by the events of that day.  The programme brilliantly blends archival news footage with evocative photographs to chillingly recreate the drama that unfolded, bringing alive a unique chapter of nautical history in New Zealand. 

Even though there was a government inquiry, nobody has ever been held responsible for the worst maritime tragedy in New Zealand history.  The investigative reporting style of presenter Bryan Edwards and the recollections of those personally affected by the Wahine disaster are extremely compelling.

Wahine: The Untold Story screens on TVNZ Heartland Friday 18th March at 7pm. 

For further screenings, visit the TVNZ Heartland programme schedule here .