The Wellington Airport Fire Service took part in these rescue efforts. or The Wahine had been carrying 734 passengers and crew, and 51 lives were lost that day, with two others dying shortly after the event. Log In. Wahine sinking 50 years on: Commemorations today in Wellington for New Zealand's worst modern maritime disaster • Source: 1 NEWS.

50 years on from the Wahine Disaster, survivors tell their stories of what happened on that tragic day. Wahine 50 Anniversary The often-turbulent Cook Strait was to prove its reputation on 10 April 1968.

ZM50GW will be on the air during the entire month of April 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the loss of the interisland ferry TEV Wahine ZMGW. 50 Years On: Wahine remembered. Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace addressed the crowd and reflected on how the Wahine incident left its mark on survivors and the people of Lower Hutt. Remembering the Wahine, 50 years on. Cambridge’s Florence Shearman will undertake a poignant pilgrimage to Wellington next week. Wahine 50 Anniversary The often-turbulent Cook Strait was to prove its reputation on 10 April 1968. He taught at secondary school for many years and had four kids: girls oldest and youngest, two boys in the middle. Wahine 50 Anniversary When the Wahine departed Lyttelton Harbour at 8.40pm on 9 April 1968, there were 734 passengers and crew on board. As the Wahine was completing her crossing from Lyttelton to Wellington Harbour, Cyclone Giselle combined with a southerly front blown up from Antarctica caused giant swells and forceful winds – a combination that would prove more than the giant ship could handle.

Wahine 50 Charitable Trust. Fifty-three people died.

8 Apr 2018 • By Viv Posselt Share: Florence Shearman is excited at the prospect of attending next week’s Wahine 50 commemoration in Wellington. The Wahine 50 Trust is hosting a day of events to mark the 50th anniversary of Wahine Day - on 10 April 2018. It took another 10 years before he went back to the place that claimed his father's life. A snippet of a story published in the Hawke's Bay Herald-Tribune after the Wahine disaster in 1968. The 50 th anniversary commemoration of the Wahine tragedy began with Muritai School hosting a dawn ceremony. On 10 April, 1968, the Wahine foundered in Wellington Harbour in a severe storm. The memories must have been overwhelming for many, as the same school hall served as a muster point for Wahine survivors all those years ago. This special event station is one of three, each marking a maritime tragedy that occurred in 1968.

Rhys Jones, chairman of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust, thanked the Lower Hutt community for their part in rescue efforts 50 years ago.

His wife Cicely was a highly intelligent, considerate and cheerful woman with a wonderfully infectious laugh. 50 years on from the disaster, the Wahine's teenage deck-boy reveals his story for the first time At just 17 years old and only his second week working on the Wahine, Toby found himself in charge of a raft packed with survivors fleeing the stricken ferry. The overnight voyage to Wellington was nothing new to Captain HG Robertson: the often-turbulent Cook Strait was familiar in …

Survivors of the Wahine disaster tell their story 50 years on Cyclone Cook approaches New Zealand, bringing 'worst storm' since 1968

See more of Wahine 50 Charitable Trust on Facebook. WAHINE 50 Years On On 10 April 1968, two storms collided over Wellington causing chaos in the city and disaster at sea, with the Wahine running aground near the entrance of Wellington harbour. At just 17 years old and only his second week working on the Wahine, Toby found himself in charge of a raft packed with survivors fleeing the stricken ferry.

255 likes. The Wahine 50 Charitable Trust’s work included the commissioning of the documentary film Wahine – 50 Years On, facilitating the donation of a new rescue craft for Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and the collecting of these stories. • Source: 1 NEWS Today, Wellington remembers the 53 people who died in New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster, 50 years after the Wahine sunk in Wellington’s harbour. The Wahine 50 Charitable Trust collection is a significant addition to the existing Wahine material held by the Alexander Turnbull Library.