The Wahine Disaster Trailer
40 years ago - in 1968 the “world’s finest passenger liner” was launched in Scotland. Two years later Wahine sailed into the heart of the most violent storm in New Zealand’s history.734 people were on board. This film follows passengers who boarded the ferry on a “beautiful calm night” in Lyttleton. Many speaking for the first time – recount their journey.
Shirley lost two children.
David - a six year old boy clung for hours in the sea - to a piece of wood. He was one of hundreds of survivors - saved by locals.
Eyewitnesses to the “the blackest day in Wellington’s history” also recount the day.
Stuart opened the curtains "to see this huge ship coming straight towards my house”.
A chilling and tense re-creation of one of the world’s most dramatic disasters at sea.
A story which has remained largely untold – until now.