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Te Reo Māori Season

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.


Written by Jeffrey Addison


Join Pourakahua, a cross between human and bird, on a journey of self-discovery as they fly across the stunning landscapes of Aotearoa to find their true home, their kāika tūturu. They meet interesting friends along the way, coming to their aid while also evading the dangerous bird hunters.

In our first Te Reo Māori Season production all in the Kāi Tahu mita / dialect, experience pūrākau from the Arowhenua rock art fly off the walls and into the minds of our tamariki in Pourakahua

Our 2021 show is being developed from a theatrical puppet show by TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS inspired by real Kāi Tahu rock art in Timaru, Te Waipounamu, and with the guidance of Te Rūnaka o Arowhenua.

About our 2021 show:
Tour Schedule
Term One

March 22 - 26, 2021


April 6 - 9, 2021


March 29 - April 1, 2021

Waikato, Coromandel

April 12 - 15, 2021

Booking a Show

Before booking a show read below for fees, cancellations and requirements. Then when you're ready click the button below to fill our booking form.

Term Three
Hawke's Bay

July 26 - 30, 2021

Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupō, Coromandel

August 9 - 13, 2021


August 30 - September 2, 2021


September 13 - 22, 2020


September 27 - 28, 2021


August 2 - 6, 2021

Taranaki, Whanganui

August 16 - 20, 2021

Southland / Otago

September 6 - 10, 2021

Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough

September 23 - 24, 2021

Free Whānau Shows

Here we will list the free whānau and community shows in the tour. These are open to all.

No upcoming events at the moment
Booking Information

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

Once we've scheduled your booking, we'll send through an invoice for a $300 deposit. Bookings won't be confirmed until this deposit has been paid.

After the performance, we'll send you a second invoice for your booking fees, less this $300 deposit.


For schools with 50 students or less, the total cost is $300, and no second invoice is needed.

Physical requirements

Our team bring all their own props, set and equipment. All we need to perform is a performance area of 5 x 5 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.


We are unable to refund deposits placed for bookings cancelled later than 30 days before the performance.


If cancellation occurs between 30 and 60 days before the performance, a 50% refund is provided. For cancellations over 60 days before the performance, a full refund is available.


If cancellation occurs due to tangihana then we will do our best to accommodate the needs of your rōpū. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee an alternative performance date will be available.

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.