Thursday March 22, 2018
Wahine tragedy anniversary gathers dozens of survivors Nearly 70 survivors of New Zealand’s worst shipwreck in modern times, as well as family members of some of the 53 who died, have registered to attend the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster in and around Wellington on Tuesday, April 10. “They, along with rescuers and
those involved in the disaster relief, are coming from across the country, from Australia, Thailand and the United Kingdom,” Rhys Jones, Chair of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust, says. The trust was formed three years ago by a group of survivors and rescuers to plan the 50th commemThe Wahine sinks in Wellington Harbour. PHOTO: Alexander Turnbull Library
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orations. “As well as being a very significant day for those with a tangible connection to the Wahine disaster, this 50th anniversary is an important day for the wider community,” says Rhys. On April 10, 1968, the Wahine hit Barrett Reef in Wellington harbour and started to list. By the time its passengers and crew were ordered to disembark, the community had sprung into action. “On land too, the communities of Eastbourne and Seatoun were galvanised into action,” says Rhys. “Hospital staff, police, ambulance staff, and many more were also involved. Thanks to this astonishing response, 683 passengers and crew survived.” Rhys invites the public to join survivors for the Wahine 50th commemorations. “This anniversary is a time to
remember the heartbreak as well as the courage shown on that disastrous day 50 years ago. But it is also an opportunity to reinforce the importance of community – of pulling together to help in times of adversity –
and of the need for us all to be prepared.” The diverse programme features a dawn service, choral tributes, a rare Steam-past review on Wellington’s harbour, public displays and more.
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Council should treat Newtown better Dear Editor We like going to the city’s many festivals and have just enjoyed the fun, music and food in Newtown and also the smaller version in Kilbirnie. But as we understand these shows are subsidised by the council coffers. Who gets the money, or is this again dumped upon us ratepayers? Maybe the most astute Chris-
tine Swift of Island Brays [sic] could investigate. Most impressive was Newtown’s and apparently 70,000 visitors and no drunks. But there was a police presence, or did everybody comply because of the liquor ban and enjoy the food? Yet it seems on other days in the week too many needy people in Newtown can be seen to drink
alcohol and not a cop to be seen? Newtown deserves better treatment by the authorities as it has such a big population (including the regional hospital) yet even Johnsonville gets a new library for $20 million but Newtown library doesn’t even open long on the weekend. Yours sincerely, Tracy MacKay Newtown
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