Teina Pora part of photograph exhibition

  • 01/08/2015
Teina Pora (File)
Teina Pora (File)

Teina Pora's been in the public eye before - but not as part of a photographic exhibition.

Mr Pora will feature alongside sexual violence survivor Louise Nicholas and four prisoners in a dramatic photographic exhibition of portraits which is due to open at the University of Auckland next week.

The exhibition's been timed to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a seminal English legal charter which guaranteed certain rights and privileges.

Photographer Nigel Swinn focused on faces to tell the story of how much of legacy the document still had in New Zealand law.

"This remarkable collection of portraits reminds us of the human actors whose lives have been touched, and in many cases irrevocably transformed, by their encounters with criminal law processes," Associate Professor of Law Scott Optican said.

Mr Pora spent more than two decades in jail for the 1992 rape and murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett, but his convictions were quashed by the Privy Council earlier this year.

The exhibition will run from August 7 to September 26 at the Gus Fisher Gallery.

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