What was it like for the early settlers travelling by boat to New Zealand, leaving behind familiarity to journey towards somewhere unseen and unknown? The voyage may have been a time to imagine the land ahead of them, and picture it as a place for a new beginning. The narrow entry into Wellington harbour, with southern winds blowing off the Cook Strait and scattered rocks sitting just above the surface of the water, meant that some never set foot on shore, losing their lives to the sea. The beacon of light shining out from Pencarrow would guide new arrivals safely through, and also signal the start of their new lives.
Dark Waters explores the moment before seeing, the danger of the harbour entrance, the journey into the unknown and the anticipation of a new beginning.