Video: The first news report on Wahine disaster in 1968

The first news reports covering the Wahine disaster in 1968 have been shared by NZ On Screen as part of its 50th commemoration collection.

Fifty-three people died, 51 on the day, when the Lyttelton-Wellington ferry ran aground and sank at the entrance to Wellington Harbour during a powerful storm.

The NZBC news coverage on the day shows reporters at the scene as the tragedy continues to unfold.

It includes dramatic interviews with survivors as they came ashore on lifeboats and the Wellington community rallied to help, and haunting footage of the ship sinking.

Today, April 10, marks 50 years since the maritime disaster.