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The Wairau Affray

Thursday 1st-Saturday 3rd July 2021

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, and a pivotal point in Nelson’s early history, and indeed, colonial New Zealand race relations.

Written by Justin Eade (Maungatapu), directed by Giles Burton, and featuring Jaemes Peter Churchward, Kiri Naik, Nick Kemplen and Cameron West.


July 1–3




Nelson & suburbs


Theatre Royal
78 Rutherford St, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Adult $35, Senior $25, Under 19 $18 (plus service fees)

Tickets from Theatre Royal Nelson ph. 03 548 3840 ext 1.


Ph. 03 548 3840

Additional Info

Official Website


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