The remarkable story of the Quail Island leprosy colony in Lyttleton Harbour sheds light on how New Zealand has treated some of its most marginal, unfortunate, and isolated people. Historian Benjamin Kingsbury explores these little-known stories through his new book The Dark Island, a revelatory narrative that extends to Wellington's own harbour and Mokopuna Island - once known as 'Leper Island'.

Benjamin Kingsbury will be joined in conversation with Dr Miranda Johnson.

Benjamin Kingsbury is a historian for Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations.

Dr. Miranda Johnson is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, focusing on colonial, Indigenous, and cross-cultural histories.

In partnership with Bridget Williams Books.


  • Free


  • Mon 11 Nov


  • 6:00 pm


  • Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street
  • Wellington 6140