May 15, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Premiere of ‘Tu’ by Hone Kouka coming soon

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After a six year absence from the stage, playwright and director Hone Kouka (Ngati Porou/Ngati Kahungunu/Ngati Raukawa) returns to the Wellington stage with his new play, an epic family drama Tu.

Inspired by the award winning novel by Patricia Grace (Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa), Tu is a sweeping epic, weaving text and image, Tu brings redemption to a man in exchange for his long carried burden.

Hones previous work includes Nga Tangata Toa and the internationally renowned Waiora. In 2004, The Prophet premiered at the New Zealand International Arts Festival successfully touring both Aotearoa New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands.

Tu will premiere in Wellington, at Studio 77, 77 Fairlie Tce, Victoria University of Wellington.

As part of a Development Season, Tu will be showing for four nights only, premiering 7.30PM, Wednesday November 24 until Saturday November 27, 2010.

Creative work will continue on the play once the curtain has fallen on Saturday November 27. Tu is produced by Wellington based Tawata Productions, who brought you the charming musical He Reo Aroha.

Weaving together a powerful creative collective including poet, novelist and playwright Apirana Taylor joined by Tina Cook (Te Kaupoi, Waiora) Taungaroa Emile (No. 2, Whale Rider), Jason Te Kare (100 Cousins, Te Kaupoi), Reihana Haronga (Purapurawhetu), Erina Daniels (Hinepau), as well as 2010 Wellington Fringe Festival award winners Aroha White (A Love Tail) and Matariki Whatarau (A Love Tail).

Tu features design by Mark McEntrye (Potikis Memory of Stone), Clare Bowden (Mandatory Menswear Label), Natala Gwiazdzinski (He Reo Aroha, Blood Wedding) and Karnan Saba (The Mourning After). Tawata Productions PO BOX 11223 Manners Street Wellington 6142 Aotearoa New Zealand

The large scale production Tu has been developed by Tawata Productions over the last 12 months with thanks to funding from Te Waka Toi.


  • 7.30pm, November 24 – 27, 2010 Showing at Studio 77, 77 Fairlie Terrace, Victoria University of Wellington.

Tickets prices: Adults $20 / Concession $15 / Groups of 10+ $10

Bookings: 021 171 7035 / [email protected]

Media enquiries and images please contact:

Miria George,
Tawata Productions
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 021 050 1765

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