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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.

Acting & Drama Classes
Artwork for AKL Festival 2 - No Text_edi

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.

Term One

March 7 - 13, 2020


March 30 - April 3, 2020


Auckland Arts Festival

March 17 - 27, 2020

Waikato, Coromandel

April 6 - 9, 2020

Term Three
Hawke's Bay

July 20 - 24, 2020

Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupō

August 3 - 7, 2020


August 24 - 27, 2020


September 14 - 16, 2020


July 27 - 31, 2020

Taranaki, Whanganui

August 10 - 14, 2020

Otago, Southland

August 31 - September 11, 2020

Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough

September 17 - 18, 2020


2019 Te Reo Māori Season - Te Kuia Me Te Pūngawerewere. Image 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

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.


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 another performance booking space will be available.


Amanda Noblett. Image by Philip Merry.

Singing & Dance
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.

Te Awhiroa Kuka-Sweet. Image by Philip Merry.

Book for your school.

Booking an on-site performance for your students is easy. All you'll need to do is fill out our  booking form, and we'll be in touch to confirm your booking.


2019 Te Reo Māori Season - Te Kuia Me Te Pūngawerewere. Image by Philip Merry.

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