Courage and loyalty is tested in this new play by Witi Ihimaera
“Once they fought each other, now shoulder to shoulder they fight together”
Two generations go to war while a third fights a battle to keep her family at home. Waru Mataira and his two sons Tai and Rangi volunteer to represent the Maori iwi of Mataira Mountain in the New Zealand Native Contingent to Gallipoli. Under the guidance of their Pakeha leader Alec Campbell, they join the battle on the western front as part of the newly titled Pioneer Battalion where their courage is... info
It's been 20 years since Nga Pou Wahine was first brought to the stage by Taki Rua Productions in what was a watershed moment in the career of one of our most prolific Maori writers, Briar Grace-Smith. Nga Pou Wahine brings to life the journey of a young wahine, as she discovers her true spirit through the fabulous stories of her whanau and the dramatic history of her ancestor, Waiora.
Grace-Smith perfectly balances drama with humour as Te Atakura, our protagonist, weaves together these stories, past and present, to discover the truth about her family and the strength of her ance... info
2014 sees Taki Rua revisit our Te Reo Māori Season kaupapa for the 19th year.
This year's whakaari - Ngunguru I Te Ao I Te Po tells the story of the children of Tangaroa, of a place where the waves ceaselessly roll in and the tides ebb and flow to the rhythm of the moon.
Our story takes tamariki on an adventure into the oceanic depths, rocky shore lines and pristine beaches of East Coast Aotearoa. Here in the heart of Te Moananui a Kiwa we meet five ocean creatures, following them as they reveal the beauty of their watery home and then on as they battle an ... info
“What right do I have to call myself Māori? I don’t look Māori, I wasn’t raised Māori. To the outside eye, I’m your regular, pale skinned kiwi”
Created and performed by actor and comedian Hayley Sproull, Vanilla Miraka is a fast paced one woman comedy that combines theatrical performance, stand-up comedy and music to tell the story of a wāhine grappling with her whakapapa, her identity and her place in multi-cultural Aotearoa.
This Wellington season is presented by Taki Rua Productions as part of its development programme.... info
Part fairy-tale, part thriller and part coming age story, Putorino Hill follows Whiti’s journey into the complexities of manhood, love and his battle to hold onto the ones he’s lost.
Set against a backdrop of the rural and almost deserted Reinga township we are thrust into the everyday and supernatural events that have informed Whiti’s path through life. Audiences will be transported into Whiti’s magical and sometimes nightmarish world, a world of taongapūoro, ancient battles, of patupaiarehe, prophetic visions and miracle healings.
This year’s Te Reo Māori Season production, Puha Squadron, follows the story of three fearless tamariki as they adventure from their sleepy hometown to the city lights and sounds of Auckland and finally on to Cape Reinga.
Performed in te reo Māori and using a combination of live DJ’ing, traditional performance, dance and physical theatre our four performers will take you on a journey of friendship, love and loyalty. Filled with heart, humour and steeped in tikanga our whakaari will entertain tamar... info
Taki Rua commits to promoting and touring works of professional theatre in Te Reo Māori to schools, marae, corporate bodies and community centres across New Zealand.
The context of Te Reo Māori by its metaphorical nature insists that the role of relationship is paramount to how encounters happen. How does Te Reo Māori guide how we exchange with community? How does Te Reo Māori help to make stronger theatre? How does Te Reo Māori build purpose behind making theatre?
Taki Rua builds upon its 16-year history of touring work, acknowledging existing and new relationships acros... info
"There was an old man who lived on the edge of the world and he had a horse called Sydney Bridge Upside Down. He was a scar-faced old man and his horse was a slow-moving bag of bones, and I start with this man and his horse because they were there for all the terrible happenings up the coast that summer, always somewhere around."
Set in Calliope Bay, the mythic place from our childhoods, where self-discovery plants its earliest and most potent seeds. Sydney Bridge Upside Down is an adolescent memory of when we begin to... info
20 years after it burst onto the stages of the world, writer John Broughton’s iconic piece of Kiwi theatre returns.
Michael James Manaia is a poignant story about a New Zealand man who, after returning from the Vietnam War, finds himself at odds with his culture, his history and his memories. Packed full of dynamic theatrical action and colourful characters, we follow his journey through childhood, family, love, grief, violence, conflict and passion.
After premiering at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre in 1991, this heart-wrenching One-man show went on to th... info
Celebrating our 16th year of touring total immersion Māori theatre to audiences throughout Aotearoa, Taki Rua Productions proudly presents the 2011 Te Reo Māori Season. Karapinepine draws on the life of a prophet from our past in order to look at the way we live today. It asks “Is there a prophet in each of us? What forces shape the path we follow in this life?”
From the Director, Ngapaki Emery
“Karapinepine is the action of gathering or drawing in close. The seeds for this work began with me drawing in on my curio... info
Where do we stand as young people in the community? Who do we follow now all the old people have left?
At the foot of the Urewera ranges lies Awhi Tapu - a desolate forestry ghost town; with the forestry industry closed down most of the inhabitants have left. Wendyl, Sonny, Casper and Girl Girl have only each other and their fertile imaginations to rely on.
This is a story of loss, belonging, but most of all, friendship; it heralds a new wave of writing around Maori issues and characters; direct, unsentimental and challenging.
Italy, 1944: a battle torn-theatre of the Second World War. The allied onslaught stalls at Monte Cassino and the 28th Māori Battalion find themselves centre stage. A young Māori soldier goes out to steal food; an Italian takes cover in a stable. Both find themselves trapped in a potentially deadly stand-off, but with Germans just outside, their survival depends on co-operation.
Combining live music with drama, comedy and performed in Māori, Italian and English, Strange Resting Places shines a light on the complex emotional bonds of New Zealand’s wartime his... info