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The Wairau Affray

The Wairau Affray

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  • Sun 14 Apr, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Sun 14 Apr, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Mon 15 Apr, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Tue 16 Apr, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Wed 17 Apr, 7:00pm – 8:15pm


The Suter Theatre, 208 Bridge St, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25

‘I rather anticipate some difficulty with the Natives’... Captain Arthur Wakefield in a letter to his brother Edward Gibbon Wakefield, concerning the Wairau.

A staged reading of a play in development, 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. With public Q and A afterwards. Play written by Justin Eade, directed by Giles Burton, Featuring Cameron West, Nick Kemplen and Matt Lattin.

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