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.

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TE POU- THE AUCKLAND HOME OF MĀORI THEATRE
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!

‘‘TE POU, TE POU
Te tokotoko
i whenuku
Te tokotoko
i wherangi
TE POU, TE POU..’’

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KŌANGA FESTIVAL

1-18 September

  MORE INFO COMING SOON

Te Whare

Rehearsal Room

Tāhū  Rehearsal Room

Tuarongo Rehearsal Room

Tokomanawa  Theatre

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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PURAPURAWHETŪ

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…..it 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.

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YOURS TRULY

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.


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

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LINKS

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.

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DANZ MĀORI CHOREOLAB SHOWING: BIANCA HYSLOP

Dancer and choreographer Bianca Hyslop (Atamira Dance Company) was the recipient of Dance Aotearoa New Zealand’s (DANZ) first Māori Choreolab 2016

The aim of the Māori Choreolab/Te Kanikani Whakamatau is to expand the choreographic expression of Māori in Tamaki Maukarau, reflecting the artistic vision of Māori in the twenty first century.

Bianca was paired with experienced Māori choreographer, Merenia Gray, to help explore and develop her craft, as well as devise and rehearse a new work.

“I’m not interested in making works of protest rather to create living works of beauty that serve as reminders. Over the six weeks I will create a new short work in which I will layer the human form with qualities of the natural world as a reminder of the beauty evoked when we are harmonious”. – Bianca Hyslop

Register to attend now!

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KŌANGA FESTIVAL 2016

1-18 September

 

Bringing new stories to the stage for three weeks this September.

Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

 

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