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News coverage of the Wahine disaster

When television broadcasting in New Zealand began in the 1960s, the presentation of news was limited by technology. Restrictions which prevented instant coverage of distant news included the lack of a network across the country and the absence of television satellite communication. This clip shows the challenges posed to news broadcasters by the sinking of the ferry Wahine in Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968. Some ingenious techniques were used to get the images of the sinking to viewers in Canterbury. This clip is from Here is the news in 1992; the reporter interviewed is Fred Cockram.

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Trisha Dunleavy, 'Television - News and current affairs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/45690/news-coverage-of-the-wahine-disaster (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Trisha Dunleavy, published 22 Oct 2014