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Brynderwyn bus crash play retraces tour route
Memorial to the 15 victims of a bus crash at Brynderwyn, between Whangarei and Wellsford, on 7 February 1963. ©Waateanews.com

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A play about the 1963 Brynderwyn bus crash is about to be taken on a tour of northern centres where memories of New Zealand's worst road accident still resonate.

Fifteen people died when a bus carrying people back to Helensville lost its brakes and fell into a 30 metre ravine.

The people were travelling back from Waitangi Day celebrations, where they had gone to support a local kaumatua who was being honoured by the Queen.

Te Waka Huia was first performed last month at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn, where the opening night audience included survivors of tyhe crash.

It starts a three-night run at the Mangere Arts Centre tonight, and then goes on to Maungaturoto, Rawene, Kerikeri, Whangarei and Kaipara College in Helensville.

Playwright Naomi Bartley says through the tour they hope to collect memories of the accident, such as from the first responders from Maungaturoto and the hospital staff from Whangarei.

Brynderwyn bus crash play retraces tour route

A play about the 1963 Brynderwyn bus crash is about to be taken on a tour of northern centres where memories of New Zealand's worst road accident still resonate.

Fifteen people died when a bus carrying people back to Helensville lost its brakes and fell into a 30 metre ravine.

The people were travelling back from Waitangi Day celebrations, where they had gone to support a local kaumatua who was being honoured by the Queen.

Te Waka Huia was first performed last month at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn, where the opening night audience included survivors of tyhe crash.

It starts a three-night run at the Mangere Arts Centre tonight, and then goes on to Maungaturoto, Rawene, Kerikeri, Whangarei and Kaipara College in Helensville.

Playwright Naomi Bartley says through the tour they hope to collect memories of the accident, such as from the first responders from Maungaturoto and the hospital staff from Whangarei.
 

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