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He Aha Te Hau Theatre Production

April 29 @ 6:30 PM - April 30 @ 6:30 PM
Q Theatre - 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

He aha te hau e wawara mai, he tiu, he raki

Nāna i ā mai te pūpūtarakihi ki uta
E tikina atu e au te kōtiu
Ko ia te pou whakairo
Ka tū ki Waitematā i ōku wairangi e
HE AHA TE HAU is a groundbreaking theatrical event that uniquely fuses ancient ritual and incantations through storytelling, haka, waiata, and karakia.  Spatial design, lighting, soundscape, and costume design blend effortlessly to take the audience on a magical journey of love, war, loss, and destiny. 

HE AHA TE HAU bridges the past and the present, creating a transformative experience for all. We step back in time to witness the world of Ngāti Whātua through the eyes and mind of Apihai Te Kawau. We see his parents joined in the pākuha marriage ceremony, his ascendency to leadership, the revealing of a prophecy, the signing of Te Tiriti, and finally his last days reflecting on his life and the times of his people. 

HE AHA TE HAU is the first of a series of activations that celebrate our unique identity through theatre, song and dance. Elements of our history are revealed in this production across three vignettes. 
Executive Producer Huia Pihema says HE AHA TE HAU has provided a wonderful opportunity to upskill and build capacity across the hapū and iwi, under the tutelage of Kura Te Ua, Majic Pāora and our ringatohu, Tamati Patuwai.” 

HE AHA TE HAU resonates on so many levels as a story-telling tool, a place of pride for our people and a training ground for the next generation of Whātua” says Director Tamati Patuwai. 
“We are thrilled with the journey so far and our cast and crew can’t wait to share this taonga with our people” says Joe Pihema, HE AHA TE HAU Producer and Script Writer.


Three shows will be held across two days starting Monday 29 to Tuesday 30 April, 2024.

  • Monday 29  |  6.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 | 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 |  6.30pm

Tickets on sale now. Be in quick to secure your seats before they sell out! See the link to purchase your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3VVBzav