Ask a dozen people today if they remember exactly what happened to the town of Clarks Mill, and chances are pretty good that you'll get a few different - and wildly varying - answers.
When disaster & tragedy struck the sleepy little township in 2003, the country watched in shock: 37 people dead, many of them children, poisoned after a toxic gas leak. A nation mourned. The survivors were evacuated and relocated. The town itself, abandoned.
Over the years, questions and rumours began to emerge. Was the death toll even higher than reported? Why were most survivors so reluctant to tell their story? Conspiracy theorists picked away at perceived inconsistencies in the various accounts.
Now, eight years on, through interviews and leaked classified film footage, the truth is finally revealed. Speaking candidly and openly for the first time, survivors, emergency & military personnel and officials come forth to talk about the events of that terrible day in Clarks Mill.
And of the massive coverup that followed.
Their story will shock you. It's the story of real people, trying to deal with an impossible situation.
It's the story of a town that died.
"...We never thought it would happen here. ...We were wrong." - Gordon Bennett, Civil Defense Regional Co-ordinator.
"...You don't want it to be real. ...But you know it is, and that just makes it all worse..." - 'Andy', trooper, B squadron, NZSAS.