Shed­ding light on tragedy

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Pas­sen­gers de­part­ing Welling­ton’s Queens Wharf and Pe­tone Wharf on the East by West Ferry to Matiu Somes Is­land and Days Bay on Satur­day will be­come part of a new art­work by Welling­ton artist Mike Ting.

Four sched­uled sail­ings – three of them free – will ferry pas­sen­gers past Matiu Somes and the less­known Mokop­una Is­land, site of the fi­nal months and tragic death of a sick man placed there by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in 1904.

Half a mile out a warn­ing horn will sound, an­nounc­ing the start of the 10-minute per­for­mance event at the heart of the project.

Ting is ex­plor­ing themes of iso­la­tion, vul­ner­a­bil­ity and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in New Zealand’s post1980s so­cio-po­lit­i­cal con­text.

Mokop­una sail­ings will leave Queens Wharf at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The sail­ings are free. The noon sail­ing will also sail past Mokop­una Is­land, but nor­mal fares ap­ply.

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