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Descent From Disaster

Retrace some of NZ's darkest days to reveal the stories, secrets and lessons learnt from our most famous disasters. Made with the support of NZ on Air

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    Gallipoli 1915 - Zinzan Brooke
    • Season Special, Episode 1

    G Presented by Zinzan Brooke, this Gallipoli special examines one of New Zealand's worst military disasters when Kiwi soldiers lost their lives on April 25th 1915 and thousands more lost their lives in the eight and half months that followed.

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      • Season 2, Episode 1

      PGR Karen Olsen revisits one of New Zealand's worst storms. On April 9th, 1968 Cyclone Giselle hit New Zealand with a force so ferocious it sank the Wahine inter-island ferry.

      • Season 2, Episode 2

      PGR Veteran broadcaster Mark Sainsbury recounts the relatively unknown story of the 1963 Brynderwyn bus crash, which resulted in the death of 15 passengers after its brakes failed on a winding road.

      • Season 2, Episode 3

      G Kiwi yachting legend Peter Montgomery recounts the 1951 Centennial Yacht Race disaster, where ten men died in a brutal storm shortly after setting sail from Wellington.

      • Season 2, Episode 4

      PGR Toni Street travels to New Plymouth to rediscover the Taranaki Mountaineering Disaster.

      • Season 2, Episode 5

      AO 22 lives were lost when the Ranui capsized, leaving families heartbroken and the small seaside communities of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga shattered. Presented by Peter Elliott.

      • Season 2, Episode 6

      PGR Former 1 News weatherman Jim hickey recounts the tragic 1948 National Airways Corporation plane crash on Mt Ruapehu. At the time this was the worst civilian plane crash in New Zealand.

      • Season Special, Episode 1

      G Presented by Zinzan Brooke, this Gallipoli special examines one of New Zealand's worst military disasters when Kiwi soldiers lost their lives on April 25th 1915 and thousands more lost their lives in the eight and half months that followed.