6 Dec 2008

Maritime disaster site recognised by Historic Places Trust

9:32 am on 6 December 2008

The site of New Zealand's worst civilian maritime disaster has been registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

The SS Tararua hit Otara Reef off Waipapa Point in Southland in 1881; 131 men, women and children lost their lives.

The registration includes the wreck itself, the cemetery where 64 bodies were buried and the Waipapa Point Lighthouse built in response to the disaster.

The trust says it's a reminder of New Zealand's early maritime history.