He ora takirua, he mate takitahi!
“The smallest indivisible human unit is two people, not one; one is a fiction. From such nets of souls societies, the social world, human life springs.” Tony Kushner
Tākina te kawa o Rua!
Me pakiaka te tū ki te more o te whēnua, ko tōna iho ki te rua o Matariki.
Me aro ki te hā o te reo me ōna tikanga.
Papawharikihia te ara ē te ngawari kia rongo ai te rangi-o-marie.
Ki te ruku i te wānanga, ā tōna wā ka pūrangi aho, ko Takirua ki te wheiao, ki te ao marama!
Haumi ē, hui ē, tāiki ē!
Embrace the principles of Ruaumoko; of passion, of gut instinct
and of transformational change.
Embed yourself in the context of this land,
connecting always to those who have gone before us.
Be conscious and curious to the life and potential of Te Reo Māori
and its principles of relational practice;
Be easeful so we might witness new works that
explores the depth and breadth of creative expression
in coherent and aligned ways;
Actively seek opportunities to wānanga, for it is here
our people resource can grow, share, celebrate and challenge.
This we call Takirua and in its time Takirua practice will
be understood and valued in the world.
We do this together, and so it will be!
For 30 years, Taki Rua has provided a foundation for the expression of Māori voices. By challenging and evolving the definition of theatre in Aotearoa, we have provoked new work and delivered it to expanding audiences. We acknowledge that our efforts are based on the foundations of those who have gone before us. We’re the conspiracy of our ancestors; part of our work aims to ensure their voices are still heard today.
The other part of our work is to continue being curious about who we are. We believe that our collective experience, our history and future, represents the hard stone we are here to carve. We extend this sentiment as a standing invitation to keep engaging with our artists, our audiences and our people.
Our current challenge is to give a new voice to the questions addressing Takiruatanga. What does it mean to be in relationship with another? How can the application of the principles of Tikanga Marae transport us into new places and enhance relationships and understandings in Aotearoa and internationally? How might Taki Rua frame these explorations as expressions of theatre and the performing arts?
Part fairy-tale, part rural legend 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. With a combination of puppetry, choreographed movement, projection and live performance audiences will be transported into Whiti’s magical and sometimes nightmarish world, a world of ta... info
2014 sees Taki Rua revisit our Te Reo Māori Season kaupapa for the 19th year.
This year's whakaa - 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 oi... 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”
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 Aoteatroa.
Taki Rua has worked with writer and performer Hayley Sproull over the past year to create this new production through our development programme. With th... 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