Tangiwai (Weeping Waters) by Trish Gray


A little snow drapes the mountain to the east. The Whangaehu River gently bubbles along its narrow course. It is a quiet, sombre scene, with a gentle breeze rustling through the flax bushes disguising their secrets.

Who could guess this scene could be shattered…?

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New Zealand’s greatest railway disaster and it’s impact on one family.

As the lights went out on Christmas Eve 1953, the event uppermost in our family’s mind was the following day.

We were waiting for our grandparents, and it was on the late night radio news that we first heard that the train travelling from Wellington to Auckland had struck trouble. Glued to the radio we listened for more information to come through.

Contains black and white photos.


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