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The Wairau Affray


Thu 24 Jun 2021, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Fri 25 Jun 2021, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 26 Jun 2021, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: ASB Theatre Marlborough , 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: M

Listed by: jeade

A play about the ill-fated attempt by Nelson colonists to confront Te Rauparaha and a party of his men at Tuamarina in 1843, in a dispute over ownership of the Wairau. It was the first major armed clash between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand, the only one ever in the South Island. A pivotal point in Whakatu and the Wairau’s early history, and indeed, colonial New Zealand race relations, with massive repercussions echoing to this day.

The full play has been developed from a series of staged readings and Q and A's over two years, and research and consultation has been undertaken with the Ngati Toa Rangatira Iwi to develop this story and bring it to life in a truthful and balanced re-telling.

The play is to have its 'world premiere' in Wairau (June 2021) at the ASB Theatre Marlborough and then come to Whakatu a week later.

Written by Justin Eade, directed by Giles Burton

Featuring: Jaemes Peter Churchward, Kiri Naik, Cameron West, Nick Kemplen

Supported by Ngati Toa Rangatira ki Wairau.