9 Apr 2018

Wellington set to mark 50th anniversary of Wahine disaster

From Morning Report, 8:21 am on 9 April 2018

On April 9, 1968, storm-force southerly winds and rain hit Cook Strait as the ferry Wahine left Lyttelton Harbour for Wellington, carrying 734 passengers and crew, and one stowaway. The ship got across Cook Strait, but early on April 10, the ferry ran aground and capsized at the entrance to Wellington Harbour. 53 people lost their lives. The chair of the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust, Rhys Jones, discusses commemorations with Susie Ferguson.