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.