Te Reo Māori Season

Artwork by Izzy Joy Art

Each year, Taki Rua produce te reo Māori children's theatre for schools around Aotearoa - a project we call Te Reo Māori Season.

First produced in the early 1990s as a small Greater Wellington tour, Te Reo Māori Season has grown to reach thousands of primary and secondary students from a wide range of ages and comprehension levels each year.


A team of performers and theatre professionals travel the country each year performing onsite at schools, kura and community spaces.

Our aim is to encourage students to use te reo Māori by providing positive reo-speaking role models and showing clear outcomes using Māori language.

Ngā Manu Rōreka

Written by Apirana Taylor

Translated into te reo Māori by Materoa Haenga


Blending te reo Māori and physical theatre, this production follows two students' journey to reconnect with their ancestors.

Ramai and Takimana are two troublesome yet talented junior high school students struggling with rules and boundaries, school and authority.  Underneath their cool hard exterior are two students with dreams but no belief; ambition, yet no motivation.

Ramai and Takimana find the support they need from two ancestral Poupou, who by the grace of Tane, are able to return disguised as students to guide their descendants. Many lessons are learnt through trust and respect, but life’s journey is not an easy road - as Ramai and Takimana soon discover.

Students are encouraged to be active and show their support to Ramai and Takimana as they embark on a journey of learning and self-discovery.

He tohutohu, he take tonu kei roto i ngā mea katoa e mahia nei e tātou. Engari mā ringa raupā, mā manawa tītī rawa, ka eke panuku! Ko Rāmai rāua ko Takimana rā ēnei tamariki pūmanawa, haututū, e whakararua nei e ngā tikanga me ngā kawa whakahaere o te kura tuarua.

Ahakoa te tū māro hītararī a te tokorua ākonga nei, tē pono ki ō rāua moe; tē ranga wairua ki ō rāua hao nui, heoi anō, nā te wairua manaaki tonu, kua whäia ko te iti kahurangi. Nā, ka riro nā mā ngā poupoue rua a Täne kua hoki kikokiko mai nei hai ākonga, e ārahi, e tautoko haere ēnei o ō rāua uri, arā, a Rāmai rāua ko Takimana.

Hei konei e kite ai a Rāmai rāua ko Takimana he taonga nui te whakawhirinaki, te manaaki tētahi i tētahi; waihoki, arā noa atu ngā tūmatakuru, ngā taraongaonga o tēnei ao. E hika mā, tautokongia mai rā a Ramai rāua ko Takimana e takahi nei i te ara o Rapua ka Kitea.

Tour Schedule.

Due to COVID-19 we have decided to cancel the remainder of our Term One tour.


Although we are sad to cancel the first leg, we have put plans in place to keep the Term 3 schedule. Our Term 3 schedule is currently full and will tour from July 20 to September 18.

2020 Te Reo Māori Season - Ngā Manu Rōreka

Images by Philip Merry.

Booking fees.

Fees are priced on a per-student structure.

50 Students or Less $300

51 - 100 Student $450

101 - 200 Students $650

201+ Students $800

Two Performances in a Day P.O.A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 we are no longer asking for deposits. Invoices will be sent after performance.



Our normal cancellation policy has been altered due to the Covid-19 pandemic and government restrictions. If you are wanting to cancel or would like to speak to us about this please get in contact with our bookings team at bookings@takirua.co.nz.

Amanda Noblett and Mapihi Kelland.

Images by Philip Merry.

Physical requirements.

Our team bring all their own props, set and equipment. All we need to perform is a performance area of 4 x 4 metres, and access to two electrical power points.

Schools typically hold the performance in a school hall or auditorium, where large audiences can fit. However the show can also be held in smaller spaces - gyms, libraries, large or even small classrooms.

On the day.

In order to set up, our team will arrive one hour before the show is scheduled to start.

After set up, we welcome (but don't expect) mihi whakatau, pōwhiri, morning teas or other welcoming events. If you'd like our team to be at school for a bit longer and participate in other school events, let us know ahead of time. We'll do our best to fit this into our schedule.

The show runs for roughly 45 minutes.

After the performance, we leave some time for questions and answers with the students. This allows students to learn about the production and the life of a working actor.

After the show, the team will take roughly another 15 minutes to pack down.

Juanita Hepi. Image by Philip Merry.

Book for your school.

Bookings are currently full. Expressions of interest for 2021 will open later in the year.

2020 Te Reo Māori Season - Ngā Manu Rōreka

Image by Taylor Terekia.


Level One, 274 Taranaki Street, Mount Cook, Wellington 6011

Tel: 04 385 3110 / email info@takirua.co.nz


Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

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