Wahine Memorial
Wahine Memorial
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Grant N
Hastings, Nouvelle-Zélande1 332 contributions
sept. 2020
Really nice plain memorial and set in a very good garden that is typical of the local plant life right on the beach. Definitely worth a visit and the outlook is really great as well looking across to Wellington and the heads. Recommend
Écrit le 30 septembre 2020
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Theresa D
Perth, Australie1 010 contributions
avr. 2018 • En couple
The day we visited the memorial the bay was breezy and chopped up with white caps that hinted at what it must have been like the day the Wahine met with disaster. Worth stopping if you are in the area
Écrit le 23 avril 2018
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CarolDM1900
Montpelier, VT3 333 contributions
févr. 2018 • En solo
This memorial opened in Seatoun's Churchill Park in 1993 on the 25th anniversary of the Wahine disaster. Let's hope the upcoming 50th anniversary leads to better interpretation to reflect the great tragedy and also the great story of courage that unfolded here, when the ferry Wahine foundered just offshore near Steeple Rock. Having been pushed by fierce winds and gigantic waves over a cluster of jagged rocks known as Barrett Reef in the passageway between Wellington Harbor and Cook Strait, the powerless ferry (taking on water after having scraped over the reef) ended up here when 2 chained anchors aimed at stopping its drift finally caught hold.

The chain and anchors are reflected in the monument, which runs inland from the beach almost directly across from Steeple Rock. But there is not enough explanation for a visitor unfamiliar with the Wahine story to understand why an anchor and a long chain were selected as the focal point for this memorial. A bronze plaque at the end of the chain gives only the briefest explanation. It properly credits the courage of local people who came to help, yet omits much of the story and is rather misleading. While 2 lifeboats and some swimmers clinging to bits of wreckage or capsized inflatable rafts made it here to the near shore, many others were pushed eastward by wind-whipped currents to the far shore at Eastbourne and Pencarrow. 683 of 734 aboard were saved, thanks to the help offered courageously on both shores in very treacherous conditions.

There is an exhibition on the Wahine disaster at the Wellington Museum. It includes a film with original newsreel coverage, historical photos, and personal stories of the victims and their rescuers. Seeing it first would make coming here a better experience.

I was a little taken aback to find a sign right next to the anchor, with Steeple Rock in full view, marking the area as a dog run. This seemed disrespectful. The playground is nearby, too, making a quiet moment for contemplation a bit problematical. Perhaps something creative can be done to design a better space for people to reflect on what happened here half a century ago. I hope the 50th anniversary on April 10, 2018, will be the occasion to do so.

HOW TO GET HERE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. From the CBD - Central Business District - take the Meltink bus #11 direction of Setoun and get off at the Seatoun shops on Dundas St. (just after the bus exits a long tunnel). Walk down Dundas to the end, where it meets Hector St. and turn left. You'll see the playground with a sign for the Wahine Memorial, which is a short walk past the play area on a gravel track. There are also public restrooms nearby. For food and drink, there's a local dairy store right by the Seatoun shops, where you can catch the bus back, direction Wellington Station.
Écrit le 12 février 2018
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Peter C
Wellington, Nouvelle-Zélande626 contributions
janv. 2016 • En couple
The Wahine struck Barrett Reef near the entrance to Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968 and capsized. 53 passengers and crew lost their lives. The memorial sits on the coast and overlooks the scene of the disaster. The area is bleak and simple with a nautical theme which includes an anchor, a propeller and some ventilation cowls retrieved from the Wahine. It is a lovely site, thought provoking and on a sunny day, provides excellent views across the harbour to Eastbourne where another memorial has been installed.
Écrit le 10 novembre 2016
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Shobbyy
Auckland Centre, Nouvelle-Zélande77 contributions
févr. 2016 • Entre amis
The Wahine memorial is located around Wellington at 3 main sites in memory to the tragedy that occurred. We visited Eastbourne which is situated on the outskirts of Eastbourne opposite the Bus Barn terminus. The site overlooks the Seatoun where the other main site is located. There are wooden structures that give the feel of a wooden sailing boats, and the whole area has been planted with native plants.
Écrit le 29 février 2016
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PaulineTAntrum
Paraparaumu, Nouvelle-Zélande511 contributions
sept. 2015 • Entre amis
Makes you realise how close the Wahine was to Seatoun Beach but the tides were taking everyone to Eastbourne. A pleasant place to visit and reflect.
Écrit le 25 septembre 2015
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Sandra D
Wellington, Nouvelle-Zélande1 830 contributions
janv. 2015 • En famille
You can go on a fine day to the whine memorial and there is a park so kids can run around its nice looking out over the entrance to the harbour . There are seats there you can sit and look out and have a picnic on a nice summers day
Écrit le 29 juillet 2015
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mckeeWTN
Wellington, Nouvelle-Zélande144 contributions
févr. 2015 • En couple
the local mums bring their kids here for picnics!
The nearby playground is a toddler magnet.
but only if the wind is down.
just a 100m walk and you're at the Italian cafe Franco in Seatoun Village.
Postcards at Gillys shop and designer dresses across the road.
Get fish and chips and take them back to the park to watch the ferries and have some fun. Mike
Écrit le 15 avril 2015
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peggy703
Lower Hutt, Nouvelle-Zélande29 contributions
mars 2015 • Entre amis
we went to view after reading about it and as it was a historic thing it was a great memorial to those on the wahine ferry that lost there lives on that stormy day and it taught a lot to the younger generations and nice to see they pay tribute to those who were on ferry that stormy
Écrit le 16 mars 2015
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PickyDianne
San Diego, Californie257 contributions
Park here and enjoy a quiet place to view the tremendously windy coastline.
Walk on a fairly good gravel path along the coast. It wins up into the hill with some step spots and lots of steps. Take your time. It's worth it.
Écrit le 3 mars 2015
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