Experience the challenge of not belonging...

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A vivid depiction of Maori moving from OuR homelands to the cities of a different people

Feel the raw and moving power of this story of belonging and the bravery and courage than can be required to stay true to your heritage. So universally relevant over time and location to each of us, that no one will be left untouched! The year is 1965. A Maori family, recently migrated to the South Island from the East Cape, prepares to celebrate a birthday with their Pakeha guests. Waiora explores differing interpretations of home and belonging. It addresses “all of us who have traveled from somewhere else”.

This smash hit production of Waiora began as a class assessment for students at Whangarei Girls’ High School and grew into a three season legend in Whangarei and, when Don Brash came to town, a national news story. Starring: Leihana Shelford-Tito, Phoenix Karatiana, Zahra Cherrington-Irving, Kasey Harder, Ngarimu Wyatt, Tracey King, Hana Gilbert, Kayah Thompson, Mollie Jacobson, Meg Robinson, Jerome Tamihana Northcroft, Jurney Blair.

Written by Hone Kouka. Directed by William Walker

“I sat in my seat watching emotional moments pass by, thinking I was doing pretty well not to shed tears — but then the ending came and I was reduced to a blubbering mess. When I looked around I noticed I was not the only one. Waiora is powerful.”  By Mikaela Collins, Northern Advocate 

Performances are:

  • Friday 1 June, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 2 June, 7.30pm 
  • Sunday 3 June, 6.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 June, 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 June, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 7 June, 12.30pm - School matinee
  • Thursday 7 June, 7.30pm
  • Friday 8 June, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm

Prices*: Adult $29.00; Student (with ID) $25.00; Senior Citizen (65+) $25.00; Groups of 6 or more $25.00; School groups $15.00 per person. *Service fees apply. 

Performance length: approx. 1 hour and 55 mins (incl. interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate. Tickets are for allocated seating. See Ticketing T&Cs for the Hannah's policies on phones, photos and large items

Sponsored by Wellington Creative Communities. Supported by the Kia Mau Festival and Hannah Playhouse.

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Wahine Works

Born out of the five year Drama course at Whangarei Girls’ High School, Wahine Works is a new Northland theatre company formed by young Maori women, who intend to provide pathways into theatre for young local women and men. Our kaupapa is to provide opportunities for young women, provide affordable theatre to the local community and present works that ‘entertains, educates, challenges and inspires.’

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