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Ngā Puke

  • Ngā Puke
  • Written by John Broughton
  • Directed by Cian Elyse White
  • Sep 11 - 16
  • Little Theatre
  • Rotorua


With Kimo Houltham and Simone Walker

WAITĪ Productions

Ngā Puke is presented as part of the inaugural IHI Fest - an indigenous performing arts festival.

A cheeky, engrossing and heart-achingly touching story about a young Māori farmer and a budding artist who meet on the lush hillside of Ngā Puke in the Hawkes Bay just prior to the Second World War in 1939.

Once young and free, the second act of the play sees Waru and Angie reunite three years later in the cold, violent setting of war torn Crete.

Will the two ever make it back to the beautiful pastures of Pōrangahau?

John Broughton is one of Aotearoa's most important Māori playwrights. In tandem with long time theatre partner Jim Moriarty, Matua John was a central figure in bringing Māori theatre to audiences throughout Aotearoa whānui. Te Rākau Hua o te Wao Tapu, Moriarty's theatre troupe, travelled extensively to small town community halls and schools to share and gift the theatre world to thousands of New Zealanders through many fine plays that include Michael James Manaia, Frankie and Hone, Man.

Director Cian Elyse White made her debut as a director with this work in Auckland.

Opening Night Gala event with a Q&A after the show hosted by Rotorua Little Theatre.


Presented jointly with Rotorua Little Theatre

Presented by arrangement with Playmarket


Tue 11 Sep 7:30 pm Little Theatre Rotorua
Wed 12 Sep 7:30 pm Little Theatre Rotorua
Thu 13 Sep 7:30 pm Little Theatre Rotorua
Fri 14 Sep 7:30 pm Little Theatre Rotorua
Sat 15 Sep 7:30 pm Little Theatre Rotorua
Sun 16 Sep 3.00pm Little Theatre Rotorua

Toitū te whenua, whatungarongaro te tangata - People may pass but the land remains