Teina Pora is a New Zealander who was wrongfully convicted of murder when he was aged seventeen. He served time in Paremoremo prison from 1994 for the crime he didn’t commit, until he received parole in 2014.
However, he maintained his innocence and the convictions were quashed by the Privy Council in March 2015. On 15 June 2016, he was awarded NZ$2.52 million compensation and received a government apology for being wrongfully convicted of rape and murder.
I was sent to Rarotonga to capture an exclusive video interview with Teina, where he rested away from all other media while awaiting the High Court decision for an increase in compensation.
This series of images were taken after much time was spent earning his confidence in me as a photojournalist.