The Wahine 50 Trustees are planning a number of events to take place on Wahine Day 2018.

The events will be 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.

Three events feature here. Planning is underway to ensure the Eastbourne and Seatoun areas are also involved in the commemorations. Details will be added as plans are confirmed.

The Dawn Service at Pencarrow

The Dawn Service at Pencarrow

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


Image: Clare Docherty

A Civic Service in Wellington

A Civic Service in Wellington

Wellington City Council is planning a substantial remodelling of Frank Kitts Park over the next two years. At present one of the masts from the Wahine occupies a prime position in Frank Kitts Park. It will be re-sited in the redesigned new park area a few metres north of its current location. The Wahine 50 Charitable Trust is working with Wellington City Council to synchronise the rededication with the 50th Commemoration.

Image: Clare Docherty

The Exhibition

The Exhibition

A number of institutions in Wellington hold reports, documents and images on the Wahine disaster and its impact on the Wellington region. The Wahine 50 Trustees are committed to telling the Wahine story through an exhibition proposed for the month of April 2018. They intend that the exhibition focus on the extraordinary contribution made by volunteers and rescuers. Discussions are underway with various institutions in the city to bring the exhibition together.

Image: Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand