Past Event26 Jun - 30 Jun 2018

He Kura E Huna Ana

No longer available

Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre


Acclaimed te reo Māori production He Kura E Huna Ana is touring the North Island for the first time in 2018.

Drawn from traditional Ngāti Waewae kōrero, He Kura E Huna Ana tells of the origins of pounamu in Arahura Valley. When Tauranga Moana ancestor Waitaiki is abducted by a jealous taniwha, her lover Tamaahua pursues them to the depths of the Arahura River.

Returning to her papa kāinga on the anniversary of her family's death, young Hine seeks consolation in the myths of Arahura. Raised solely by her Taua, Hine battles the grief that left her tipuna transformed into pounamu.

Written by Hōhepa Waitoa, directed by Nancy Brunning.

The reviews are in!

"I laughed, shed a tear and reflected on my own limitations, language wise. I'd encourage all audiences to go, whether you can speak Māori or not." -

"This play is a twist on a classic Māori love story, filled with waiata, wit and challenge.  I enjoy it because I hear, see and feel the experiences of my whānau echo from the stage." - Theatreview

"I thoroughly commend Taki Rua for staging He Kura E Huna Ana. And how beautifully it is staged. The set (Natala Gwiazdzinski) is stunning and brilliantly utilised, the costumes (Amy Macaskill) striking, and the integration of music (designed and played live by Sheree Waitoa) seamless." - Regional News

"For us it's a way to put one of our three national languages on the stage. And we're in a place, in New Zealand, where you're seeing language courses being booked up, there are lists of 300 on waiting lists and there's an interest in reo more than what there has been in a long time coming from a wider demographic of New Zealanders"
- Taki Rua artistic director, Tanemahuta Gray to 

Māori Theatre Show First of its kind to tour North Island -  Māori TV

Te Karere on Taki Rua's evolution of Māori theatre 

"I knew at the age of 15 that Māori theatre was what I wanted to do for a living. I believe this medium can communicate to our people on many levels – visually, aurally, emotionally, intellectually, verbally." - actress, Nancy Brunning for The Pantograph Punch Loose Cannons series. 

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