29 Oct 2017

Sally Burton's rendition of the notorious Wairau Incident

From Standing Room Only, 12:45 pm on 29 October 2017

In 1843 - just three years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi - 26 people died in The Wairau Incident near Nelson. It was first major confrontation between Maori and Pakeha settlers following the signing. Now, 174 years on, Nelson artist Sally Burton has re-created the moment when a shot was fired, killing a member of Te Rauparaha's family, which in turn led to the death of another 25 people. She's made the figures of the key players out of found wood and draped them in tapa cloth, calling the work Pale History. It opens at the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson on the 4th of November.