25 May, 2020

Bones Discovered on Wreck of the SS Ventnor


While in the Far North for the blessing of the ground at the new site for the SS Ventnor memorial, we received a very short phone call notification that John Albert had found bones from the SS Ventnor. We at NZCA were not sure if he meant found on a beach or found on the wreck or what he meant, to be honest. Eventually, we came to discover what he meant when news broke about his discovery.


Here is a link to the original One news coverage https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/remains-chinese-goldminers-found-in-shipwreck-off-northland-solving-118-year-old-maritime-mystery


TV3 report - https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/06/118yo-mystery-uncovered-underwater-cameras-find-remains-of-chinese-gold-miners.html

Updated stuff article - https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300041885/chinese-community-upset-with-lack-of-consultation-after-remains-of-gold-miners-found?cid=app-iPhone

RNZ morning report - https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018752339/discovery-of-chinese-miners-remains-causing-fury

NZ Herald amended article with Richard's comments -  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12343262

Updated One News -  https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/chinese-goldminers-relatives-say-their-ancestors-have-not-been-respected-after-remains-filmed

Kirsten on RNZ https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/lately/audio/2018753313/the-rest-is-history-the-search-for-the-ss-ventnor


NZCA’s stance can be heard and seen in the last 4 news links.