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POSTPONED The Wairau Affray

Wednesday 15th-Sunday 19th July 2020

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. The first major armed clash between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand, and a pivotal point in Nelson's early history, and indeed New Zealand race relations.

After a staged reading and Q and A of the short play for Nelson Heritage Festival last year, we have now developed the full play for Nelson Heritage Festival in April 2020. We will then tour the play to the Wairau in June, in conjunction with Ngati Toa, with whom we’ve had extensive consultation.

Featuring Jaemes Peter Churchward, Kiri Naik, Cameron West and Nick Kemplen.

Written by Justin Eade, directed by Giles Burton,

Produced by Emily Thompson and Justin Eade

Family Friendly


July 15, 19


Nelson & suburbs


The Suter Art Gallery and Theatre
208 Bridge Street, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Adults $25, Concession $15 (plus fees)

Tickets from EVENT POSTPONED ph. 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).


Ph. 03 5469938

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