Past Event13 Jul - 16 Jul 2016


No longer available

Live at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre


This Matariki, experience Briar Grace-Smith’s award winning play Purapurawhetū in te reo Māori and English.

As a young man works to complete tukutuku panels for the new marae, a mysterious old woman arrives to help him. She reveals a past of hidden secrets and dark stories. A past filled with loss but also a future filled with hope.

Starring Rawiri Paratene (Whale Rider) hot on the heels of his acclaimed worldwide Globe to Globe tour of Hamlet.

With performances in both English and te reo Māori, the season is the perfect opportunity to increase your Reo Māori knowledge and appreciation.

Purapurawhetū remains a vital contribution to NZ theatre that deserves a long life on the stage for generations to come
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Purapurawhetū will be also presented at Te Pou, the Auckland Home of Māori Theatre, from 7-9 July.

Cast: Rawiri Paratene, Antonio Te Maioha, Kimo Houltham, Ani-Piki Tuari and Krystal Lee-Brown
Director: Tainui Tukiwaho

Set Designer: Poppy Serano 

Lighting Designer: Calvin Hudson

Performance Times

Wednesday July 13, 7.30pm – preview in English

Thursday July 14, 7.30pm – opening night in Te Reo

Friday July 15, 7.30pm – performance in Te Reo

Saturday July 16, 2pm performance in Te Reo. Admittance to this performance is by koha - tickets will not be required. 

Saturday July 16, 7.30pm – performance in Te Reo

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