May 15, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Putahi Festival – a week of choice Maori theatre

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Wellington has a long, proud history of producing iconic Maori theatre and performers, and is home to some of this county’s leading Maori theatre writers, directors, actors and producers who continue to present international quality work for our stages in an environment where arts funding and performance space is hotly contested.

So, where else would you hold a festival of Maori Theatre?

1557536_1439240369626719_1348113385_nThis February *Te Putahitanga a te Rehia, an Independent Maori Theatre collective of long time theatre professionals such as Jim Moriarty, Nancy Brunning, Tanemahuta Gray and Hone Kouka; and including many more of the Wellington Maori Theatre community, will be adding to the arts festivities in the city by offering Putahi Festival a week of choice Maori theatre and a celebration of the diversity of Te Ao Maori.

The festival is offering international quality theatre with prices that have the community in mind where you can expect to see fresh, inspiring, heartening and uniquely Maori theatre works, both seasoned and new.

Featuring Hone Kouka’s newest work the beautiful ones – a hyper real digital love story produced by Tawata Productions, Te Rakau Trust’s moving story of friendship, love, madness and redemption The Battalion, Bruce Mason Award 2013 recipient Jamie McCaskill’s new work Not in our Neighbourhood, a solo show on life at the Women’s Refuge, produced by Tikapa Productions, as well as an afternoon of play readings and TGI Whanau an evening of fine Maori music and company.

The festival is on from 25 February – 1 March at Studio 77, 77 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington.

Go to for more information.

*Te Putahitanga a te Rehia is an Independent Maori Theatre collective formed in January 2013 to support, share and create Maori works/experiences for Wellington, NZ and the world. We have come together to strengthen the Maori Theatre community, advocate for change within the current infra-structure and support the needs of the community at present.

The members of Te Putahitanga are committed to theatre and Maori culture. We believe in leaving a healthy and supported industry for the next generation of practitioners to come.

The Putahi Festival is the first project the collective will be working on together.

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