Reference

Disasters

Categories

* Aviation Accidents
* Earthquakes
* Rail Accidents
* Shipping accidents

Sites

* Disasters @ NZHistory.net
From nzhistory.net
* The 1918 Flu Pandemic
New Zealand's worst disease outbreak, the lethal influenza pandemic of 1918. In two months New Zealand lost about half as many people to influenza as it had in the whole of the First World War. From nzhistory.net
* Ballantyne's Fire - Christchurch - 1947
Ballantyne's fire 18 November, 1947. The Ballantyne's fire was the worst fire in New Zealand history. Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Brunner Mine - West Coast - 1896
Brunner Mine Disaster 26 March, 1896. The Brunner Mine disaster was the worst mining disaster in New Zealand's history. A total of 65 miners died in the disaster, almost half of the Brunner underground work force. Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Brynderwyns bus accident - 1963
A bus chartered to make the return trip from Port Waikato to the Bay of Islands for the Waitangi Day celebrations, left Paihia on the morning of 7 February. At the top of Pilbrow's Hill, the highest point on the road, the driver pulled to the side for a brief stop. When the bus continued, the brakes failed almost immediately. The bus was completely smashed, killing 15 people. Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Cave Creek - West Coast - 1995
On 28 April 1995 17 members of a party of students from the Outdoor Recreation course at Tai Poutini Polytechnic at Greymouth and the Department of Conservation's Punakaiki Field Centre Manager crowded onto the viewing platform high above Cave Creek. The platform collapsed and fell about 30 metres into the resurgence below. As a result 14 young people lost their lives and the other four were injured, some very seriously. Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Cyclone Bola - East Coast, North Island - 1988
One of the most damaging cyclones to hit New Zealand was Cyclone Bola, which struck the Hawke's Bay and Gisborne - East Cape region in March 1988. The cyclone slowed as it moved over the area, resulting in over three days of torrential rain. Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Cyclone Giselle - New Zealand wide - 1968
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Influenza epidemic - New Zealand wide - 1918
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Kaitangata Mine - Balclutha - 1879
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Kopuawhara Floods - Mahia Peninsula - 1938
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries.
* Landslide - Abbotsford, Dunedin - 1979
On the night of August 8, 1979, a major landslide occurred in Abbotsford, resulting in the destruction or relocation of some 70 houses, and requiring the evacuation of over 600 people. No-one was killed. This remains the largest landslip to have occurred in an urban area of New Zealand. Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Mt Tarawera eruption - Central North Island - 1886
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* New Zealand disasters timeline
A chronology of natural disasters, transport accidents, fires, mining accidents and other tragedies that have caused major loss of life From nzhistory.net
* Police response to disaster
Police have always been at the heart of disaster rescue efforts because of their nation-wide 24-hour presence and communications network From nzhistory.net
* Ralph's coal mine - Huntly, Waikato - 1914
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Responding to Tragedy: the Police at Tangiwai, Wahine and Mt Erebus disasters
The difficult task of dealing with the aftermath of major transport disasters.
From nzhistory.net
* Seacliff Mental Hospital Fire, Dunedin - 1942
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior - Auckland Harbour - 1985
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Southland Floods - Invercargill, Southland - 1984
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Strongman mine, West Coast - 1967
Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries
* Tarawera
Online documentary about the Tarawera eruption and the loss of the Pink and White Terraces. From NZ on Screen.