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.
1968: Coastal freighter Maranui sinks off Coromandel Peninsula – 9 dead
1966: Collier Kaitawa sinks 15km SW of Cape Reinga – 29 dead, no survivors
1947: Passenger liner Wangangella hits Barrett Reef – All rescued
1940: Freighter Turakina sunk by German raider – 36 dead
1940: Liner Rangitane torpedoed and sunk near Emirau Island – 15 dead
1940: Niagara hits German mine and sinks – All rescued
1918: Wimmera hits German mine and sinks – 26 dead