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"New Zealand television news broadcast the drama as it happened" ??
I'm not sure NZ TV had a network capable of broadcasting live in 1968. The Wellington News aired the delayed footage on 10 April at 7PM but the rest of the country had to wait till the next day when the film was flown to Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.
- Right, in fact I'm not sure they were transmitting before the evening in those days. The Christchurch Star ran three editions, "Wahine founders" "Wahine sinking" and "Wahine sinks" all with wire photos, which might affect people's memories. --Hugh7 04:48, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
The NZBC broadcast live but only Wellington could use film that was recorded from the scene and played later (no live images). Also, NZBC Christchurch sent a camera to Kaikoura, which could receive the Wellington Broadcast, filmed the images from a tv screen and then used the footage in it's evening news broadcast, the first time the same NZ footage was used in both Wellington and Christchurch the same day. I'm trying to find some confirmation of this online. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 08:44, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
Extreme weather conditions
"The winds in Wellington were the strongest ever recorded". This is wrong. The strongest winds ever recorded on earth were recorded during the 1999 Oklahome tornado outbreak. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:03, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
I removed 2 references which appeared to be bullshit. One of them was "The Wahine: Did it really happen" which sounded like a strange title to me (who doubts it happened?) so I searched and couldn't find anything either on Google or the national library. I came back to remove it and then realised the next title referenced was Believe Me. It appears someone thought they would be funny  Nil Einne 12:03, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
MichelangeloJak 08:56, 11 September 2007 (UTC)My personal recollections; I was an Wellington Airport Firefighter and part of the rescue effort as we launched airport emergency rescue Zodiac dinghy's into nightmare conditions to save many people in the most angry sea I'd ever seen. I wonder what ever happened to Tom Rowe, Paddy Cranston, Taffy Williams, Malcolm Yates and Terry Kelliher? I also wonder what happened to the Gold Medallion awarded to the fire crew by the Royal Humane Society? Will there be a reunion at the 40th anniversary April 2008? added 11 Sept 2007. Jack C Maddox - Jak2mad@xtra.co.nz MichelangeloJak 08:56, 11 September 2007 (UTC) MichelangeloJak: 22 March 2008, I have just received information from Wellington City & Sea Museum that a full program is planned for the 40th Anniversary, 10th April 2008. There will be a commemoration unveiling of a plaque to rescuers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by MichelangeloJak (talk • contribs) 06:24, 22 March 2008 (UTC) Added 23 April 2008: attended the 40th commemorations at Wellington City & Sea Museum at Francis Kitts Park. Have pix of plaque dedicated to the Rescuers, a very moving ceremony. —Preceding unsigned comment added by MichelangeloJak (talk • contribs) 08:11, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
52 people? Wasn't it 51?
I see somebody has edited the article to say that there were 52 victims, adding that one name was added after nearly 40 years.
This is news to me. I have always heard the number 51, and I know nothing about a new name being added. Can somebody clarify that either here, or preferably in the article itself? And provide a source if possible? THANKS! David Cannon (talk) 13:41, 6 April 2008 (UTC)
- 'Fifty-one people lost their lives that day, and a 52nd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck.' See NZHistory.net.nz Jamie Mackay (talk) 07:20, 8 April 2008 (UTC)
- Stop the press! The Dominion Post (9 April 2008 A5) reports today that a 53rd victim, a woman who died 39 years and 346 days ago tomorrow (I think this is 20 days after the sinking since it was a leap year?) was left off the official list by mistake. Her name, May Elizabeth Brightwell, is going to be added to the Wahine memorial tomorrow. Jamie Mackay (talk) 21:15, 8 April 2008 (UTC)
Alma Hicks was one of the children who drowned while her brother Gordon Hicks suffered brain damage from drowning / resuscitation. Gordon Hicks lived a further 22 years in the care of their Mother Shirley Hicks in their home in Shannon. Gordon Hicks' funeral received extensive coverage in New Zealand Media and (he) is considered to the 52nd victim. Gordon's name is listed slightly below the others in the Wellington Maritime Museum display. Shirley Hick had travelled from Christchurch with another son David, while another sibling John Knight witnessed the disaster unfold from his boarding school in Wellington.
On of the criticisms of the deaths of the children was that there were no children's size life vests aboard the Wahine. Photographs of Alma, Gordon & Shirley Hicks in the adult size life vests aboard the Wahine cane be seen (Chapter XII) pp 137 of the book "The Wahine Disaster"