The Wahine 50 Trustees have planned a number of events to take place on Wahine Day 2018.

The events are designed to acknowledge those who lost their lives and family, the survivors, and all who helped in response to the Wahine Disaster. The public will be most welcome to participate on the day.

 6.30am Dawn Service at the Wahine Memorial, Eastbourne

6.30am Dawn Service at the Wahine Memorial, Eastbourne

49 of the 51 people who died in the Wahine Disaster lost their lives on the Pencarrow Coast near Eastbourne. It is appropriate therefore, to conduct a memorial service on that coastline. The local community responded to the emergency in large measure, and many people will have strong memories of the appalling conditions that day. The survivors of the Wahine wish to pay tribute to the wonderful response they received from Eastbourne and the emergency services.

8.30am Eastbourne Remembers, Muritai School, Eastbourne

8.30am Eastbourne Remembers, Muritai School, Eastbourne

A Wahine display is being hosted at Muritai School in Eastbourne. The public are invited to visit the School after 8.30am onwards that day. The display will feature work from the school students along with other material provided from different sources.

10.00am Memories at the Museum, Wellington Museum, Queens Wharf

10.00am Memories at the Museum, Wellington Museum, Queens Wharf

The Wellington Museum is the principal storyteller of Wahine day in New Zealand. They hold in their collection artifacts, photographs and documentary films of the disaster. A visit to the Museum is a must for all those interested in what happened and how the community responded. The Museum closes at 5.00pm.

11.30am - 4.30pm The Wahine50 ‘P.S. Are You Prepared’ display, Shed 6, Queens Wharf

11.30am - 4.30pm The Wahine50 ‘P.S. Are You Prepared’ display, Shed 6, Queens Wharf

The public is invited to visit a display of the emergency response organisations we have today. The Wahine disaster gave rise to the formation of several emergency services including the Life Flight Trust and the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard. Volunteers make up 94% of the people providing operational search and rescue response. This is a chance for the public to meet those who might well save their lives in the future, and the opportunity to join these organisations as a volunteer.

11.30am New Zealand Remembers, Wahine Memorial, Frank Kitts Park

11.30am New Zealand Remembers, Wahine Memorial, Frank Kitts Park

Join the Orpheus Choir on the waterfront as we remember those who lost their lives in the Wahine disaster. This is an opportunity also to thank the very many people who, in the face of dangerous conditions, risked their lives to rescue and support the 683 surviving passengers and crew from the Wahine. The Orpheus Choir reminds us that the passengers sang as they waited to abandon ship and as they floated to the coast in their life rafts.

12.00 noon - 12.30pm The Flotilla Review, Wahine Memorial, Frank Kitts Park

12.00 noon - 12.30pm The Flotilla Review, Wahine Memorial, Frank Kitts Park

At midday a flotilla of smaller craft will participate in a sail-past Review and a formal salute will be offered as the craft pass the Wahine Mast. During the Review, significant vessels and several craft that participated in the 1968 rescue, will be mentioned by a narrator as they move into view. A large crowd is expected on the waterfront for this occasion.

3.30pm – Seatoun Remembers, Seatoun School, Seatoun

3.30pm – Seatoun Remembers, Seatoun School, Seatoun

Seatoun school is hosting afternoon tea and a display at the School. An invitation is extended to all who wish to attend, particularly those from the Seatoun community, many of whom will either remember participating on the day in 1968 or will know friends of family who were there.

NZSAR Awards (Invitation only)

NZSAR Awards (Invitation only)

The New Zealand Search and Rescue Council presents the annual NZSAR Awards to give formal and public recognition to those involved in search and rescue (SAR) in New Zealand. Searching for, and rescuing people, is a complex and often difficult task that occurs in all kinds of weather and usually in demanding locations. The Awards acknowledge the outstanding skill and commitment required to perform SAR in New Zealand’s Search and Rescue Region.