Below are a few examples of distress situations involving ships sailing to/from New Zealand. In addition, detailed descriptions of other incidents can be found in the dedicated subpages of this section.
1918: Wimmera hits German mine and sinks – 26 dead
1940: Niagara hits German mine and sinks – All rescued
1940: Freighter Turakina sunk by German raider – 36 dead
1947: Passenger liner Wangangella hits Barrett Reef – All rescued