The Auckland home for Māori Theatre…

TE POU is a new theatre venue founded by Ruia Taitea Creative, who have built this space based on the kaupapa Māori fundamentals of aroha, manaakitanga and whānau.

You do not need to be Māori to work here, any group or individual who is interested in growing their work based on these principles is more than welcome to come and work in the space!

TE POU has been formed by a committed group of individuals who wishes to create a working space that is all inclusive, safe, and affordable, hēoi, nau mai haere mai ki



TE POU Theatre Atawhai

TE POU is a brand new Māori theatre space located in Portage Road New Lynn, that embodies the literal meaning of its name ‘The Support post’; acting as a constant and reliable presence for our performing arts community in Tāmaki Makaurau and abroad.

In December 2014 a hui was at the then vacant theatre at 44A Portage Road lead by Jason Te Kare, Tainui Tukiwaho and Noa Campbell to wananga about future of our Auckland Māori arts community – what we need to grow and strengthen our industry. The exciting potential of having our own theatre space, a whare, with rehearsal studios was voiced strongly.

The karanga was heard and answered – we were extremely excited to announce that as of the 1st of March 2015, the lease was signed on the building at 44a Portage road New Lynn. Renovations commenced with a dedicated team of volunteers working day and night to create a whare we could all be proud of.

On April 11, we held the official opening for TE POU- The Auckland home of Māori theatre’. Te mutunga kē mai o te mīharo!

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Strange and Wonderful | Gary Henderson Graduates

22-25 September, Times Vary


Lost Girls | Theatrewhack

29 Sept – 1 Oct, 7.30pm


The Zoo Story | Halfway There

6-8 October, 7.30pm


SHAM | We Three Productions

1-4 September, 4pm & 8pm


TE POU TUHI | Writer’s workshops

3,4 & 10 September


MATE | by Regan Taylor

7 September, 7.30pm


TEKA OR TIKA | by Noa Campbell

8 September, 7.30pm


SHOT BRO | Mookalucky Productions

15-18 September, 7.30pm



11 September, 10am-4pm


Te Whare

Rehearsal Room

Tāhū  Rehearsal Room

Tuarongo Rehearsal Room

Tokomanawa  Theatre


Tomokanga  Foyer

How to make a booking at TE POU
Email us on to set up a hui and have a korero about your project.


44A Portage Road, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand 0600

Parking: Parking is plentiful and is found around the back of the building off McWhirter Place.

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Contact us about holding an event in our beautiful foyer space. Artwork by Lou Davis (Waka Blonde Threads), the bar run by the team at Verona Café, resident caterer Romy Hooper.


Kacie Stetson Studio

Kacie Stetson Studio offers screen acting classes in Auckland for actors of all levels of experience. Whether you’re a working actor looking to take your craft to the next level, or a beginner starting your journey, the Studio offers a creative and nurturing home. In Auckland, this is the place to be for actors looking to deliver exceptional work.

Beginning the 3rd of May, Kacie Stetson Studio will be offering a new 14-week Tuesday night course. It will be taught by associate Dawn Glover, founder of Navi Collaborative.

For more information and to register, check out their website here.






Ruia Taitea Creative

This Matariki experience Briar Grace-Smith’s award winning theatre show Purapurawhetū i te reo Māori for the first time.  This epic tale of forgiveness, healing and hope has won the hearts of our nation since its debut in 1997 becoming a classic piece of New Zealand Theatre.

Starring Rawiri Paratene, hot on the heels of his worldwide Globe to Globe tour of Hamlet, this season of Purapurawhetū will be presented in te reo Māori with one English language preview show also on offer.  This is an opportunity to come and enjoy this classic contemporary story in both languages and increase your Reo Māori knowledge and appreciation this Matariki. Great ticket deals available for repeat shows.  

Last presented in Auckland in 2010, this dark tale will find a new voice through this dynamic retelling and will make history as the first modern te reo Māori theatre work to hit the Auckland mainstage.   Purapurawhetū will be also presented at The Herald, Auckland Live 13 – 16 July.

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

Past Reviews of Purapurawhetū Productions

“Since its premiere in 1997, the play has established itself as a classic of Maori theatre… will continue to exert an influence for many years to come” – New Zealand Herald 2010

“Purapurawhetu remains a vital contribution to NZ theatre that deserves a long life on the stage for generations to come” – Theatreview 2010

PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday Preview Night is English language, all other performances are Te Reo Maori.



Te Rehia Theatre Company

Te Rehia Theatre presents ‘Yours Truly’ written and directed by award winning Maori playwright Albert Belz.  Yours Truly is a gothic romance of forbidden love, betrayal and sexual politics – set beneath the foggy gas-light of London, 1888.  A prince has fallen in love with a common shop-girl unleashing a devil amidst the shadows.  Jack the Ripper stalks the streets in a macabre defence of the throne, while ‘modern’ media enters into a frenzied bloodlust to match.  Now, only the little renowned artist Walter Sickert can stop the madness.  But in order to defeat the devil, one must enter hell. 

Starring Blair Strang as Walter Sickert – this is theatre at its bloody best.

This show is reccomended for audiences aged 15 years and over, performance contains nudity, violence and course language.



New Zealand Performing Arts

New Zealand Performing Arts presents LINKS as their graduation performance. A mix of choreographed and improvised dance, classic and self-devised script work – showcasing the talent NZPA has to offer.



TE POU TUHI: Theatre Alchemy
The Playwrights Cookbook with Albert Belz 

3, 4 & 10 September

Whether you’re a beginner or mid-range in your playwriting career, Te Pou Theatre offer you the opportunity to participate in a weeklong course of Masterclasses presented by award winning playwright Albert Belz.

Belz introduces you to the essential chemistry and formulae that make up the playwrights cookbook.  By the end of the master-classes you will have the utensils and basic story recipes to begin mixing your new work, or add serious flavour your current project. 

Sessions also include Q&A forums where “no question is a dumb question” with some of Auckland’s leading playwrights including Gary Henderson, and time for intensive work on writers own projects.

Albert Belz: “Award winning, International Playwright Albert Belz has written for theatre, television, print and radio for over a decade.  His unique voice has crossed datelines and divides since very early in his career, having been performed around the world in London, New York, Lille, Sydney and Dargaville. Belz currently works at the School of Creative Arts in Manukau as a lecturer in Creative Writing and Stage.”

Cost: $120.00  
To book your place in this workshop please contact



by Regan Taylor

Whakarongo Mai | Play Reading Series

Wednesday 7 September, 7pm
Koha entry

Open Play Reading followed by feedback session. More info to come!


SHAM by Jess Sayer

Thur 1 Sep – Gala Opening 8pm
Fri 2 Sep8pm
Sat 3 Sep 4 pm & 8pm
Sun 4 Sep4pm

The only thing Meryl and her sister ever shared was the ability to make each other absolutely miserable. And now, after 20 years … guess who’s coming for dinner?

A blistering black comedy, peppered with vicious wit and emotional combat, Sham unflinchingly explores the fallout of a family whose secrets have been laid bare.

Jess Sayer’s writing has been described as razor-sharp, brave, absorbingly dark and not for the faint-hearted, with the ability to be off-hand and flippant, then hard-hitting and punishing, sometimes within the same sentence. Sayer was the 2015 recipient of the Bruce Mason Award.

Sham is presented by We Three Productions in association with Going West Festival.


Shot Bro

Presented by Mookalucky Productions
15 – 18 September, 7.30pm

“Revealing, expanding, affirming” Theatreview 2016

A black comedy about Robs real fight with a bullet and depression.

From multiple award winning actor, writer, Rob Mokaraka. Auckland debut at Kōanga Festival 2016, Te Pou Theatre

Using his utility belt of tools like stand-up comedy, expert dance moves, mime and puppetry, Rob unfolds his depression in an entertaining yet insightful way, shining light on a traumatic event – you will hear why he ended up being Shot Bro.

Entertaining and empowering, provoking thought and discussion, Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet intends to provide a platform to exchange thoughts and knowledge on a kaupapa that quietly affects the lives of many people.

“He likes to nudge the discomfort zone with his comedy – or use comedy to take us, safely, out of our comfort zones to a place of greater awareness – and it works a treat.”


Teka or Tika
by Noa Campbell

Whakarongo Mai | Play Reading Series

Thursday 8 September, 7pm
Koha entry

Teka or Tika is a new work exploring Deep Sea Oil Drilling verses environmental safety, and the protection of our waters that surround Aotearoa.
Set in a northland town, two old friends find themselves on opposing sides of seismic testing for oil. Max works for the company, Papa lives on the coast. Things are heating up in the district as locals take on the oil company.

Whānau Day

Sunday 11 September, 10am-4pm
Free entry

A FREE fun filled day celebrating storytelling from around the globe with theatre performances, story readings, face painting, market stalls, food trucks, coffee, childrens games and competitions.

Nau mai haere mai!


Studio Season 2016: Strange and Wonderful

22-25 September, 7.30pm ~ 24-25 September, 2pm 


Five plays.  Five monsters.

The most interesting characters are the baddies.  The controlling mother, the off the rails sister, the foul mouthed workmate, the war-damaged family, and the classic evil step-mother ‘Queen’.  This season of five plays celebrates these ‘baddies’ in all their strange and wonderful glory!

As part of the Going West Book and Writers Festival, the season showcases five playwrights, all graduates of Gary Henderson’s Theatre Writing Course, who are creating their work from inception to performance, and everything  in between.

The five plays are:

Gehenna, by Paula Crimmens, directed by Margaret-Mary Hollins & Judy McIntosh

Bait, by Ken Burns, directed by Aunty Ree

A Miner Disaster, written and directed by Aunty Ree

The Albatross, by Cath Harkins, directed by Alison Quigan

The Bond, written and directed by Korina Tuahine


Lost Girls




Following on from their sell-out season of Hippolytus Veiled, Theatrewhack present Patrick Graham’s ‘Lost Girls’…

Three young women wait in a room. They are guided through their final days by a mysterious usher until they understand what has happened to them.

Developed following a series of brutal murders of young women in New Zealand in the late 90s, Lost Girls is the examination of the final memories of three young women (6, 16 and 18 years of age).

This new staging stars:

Prema Cottingham (The Rover, Defensibility, Great Bellied Women),

Courtney Eggleton (The Seven Year Itch, The rover, End of the Golden Weather),

Renee Brierley (The Priory, Stella, Conversations of Karangahape Rd),

Turene Jones (Stage of Fools, The Shannard Chronicles, Mystery Play),

and is directed by Mark Oughton in his New Zealand directorial debut.

The play was performed in Wellington and Auckland in 2007 and 2013. This new production was initiated because of the prevalence of rape culture and rape apologists in social media, and as a reaction to recent rape cases such as Steubenville, the defending of sports personalities who are violent towards women, and the current national campaigns to reduce violence in families and relationships. 

The play is presented in a non-traditional format, and while it doesn’t give a naturalistic view of these girl’s last moments on earth – it does not have an easy ending. The play hopes to provoke the audience and leave people questioning their own moral compass.

Rehearsal stills from 2013 show

Blog reviews of the 2013 show:
“Lost Girls has a point to make and it makes it in an uncompromising and brutal fashion. Not brutal like a bash on the head, but brutal as in a growing realisation that this is something we really need to collectively do something about. If our conscience had a guts this would be a necessary good swift kick in it.”

“I’m sure I’m not the only person in the room who felt a connection to the characters – the acting was superb, the story so believable. There were times when I laughed and times when the breath caught in my throat, as the tales of everyday life led to the unfortunate and heart-wrenching conclusion. The performances were haunting, and I left feeling a little shaken, but I have to say that this is a must see!”

“The actors perform well and in some cases with frightening or deeply touching results, a few times I was truly absorbed as if they were people I knew. The programme carries a warning about the end, and I was horrified, crying at one point. The play may have triggers for some people, but Lost Girls expertly shows what has happened to far too many people, particularly young women in vulnerable states, and the bewildering effects of neglect, abuse, isolation and the horror that drawing a veneer of faux-decency over crime inevitably produces.”


The Zoo Story

Isolation, the division of class and the desire to connect. Seemingly inherent aspects of the human condition that are as relevant now as they were in the early 1970’s when Edward Albee crafted this Modern classic. Halfway there productions present a fresh rendition of The Zoo Story. A poignant, thrilling production that is sure to shake the foundations of your cultural framework.

Peter has come to his favorite bench in central park to enjoy some treasured time out from the routine of his daily life. Wife, kids, work and of course the budgies. His day is going as planned until Jerry, a confident, disheveled and somewhat strange man picks him as his victim of conversation. Peter is not quite sure how to handle Jerry yet despite his wariness something fascinates him and draws him in. What will happen when two different worlds dynamically collide on a sunny day in new york city? How wild can one simple interaction get?

HalfwayThere productions brings together a team of friends wanting to explore their craft and enjoy the pleasure of exploring and delivering a great story to the audience of Auckland city. 

Briar Collard, a key force behind Te Pou Theatre brings us her directorial debut with performance from master music listeners Mel Bailey and Albert Walker.

This is a production not to be missed!