Hemo Is Home

Presented by Te Pou Theatre
Premiere Season 2023

Kaupapa | About

The premiere of the award winning ghosty comedy Hemo is Home opens the newly built Te Pou Theatre.


Nau mai ki te ao o Hemo! Welcome to Hemo’s weird and wonderful world with his quirky ghost whānau who raise him in the urupā, a mauri munching Patupaiarehe, the Spice Girls and a mysterious ghost pig.


In just a few days Hemo will turn 10 which means he will finally be able to leave the safety of his urupā home and see the world – the only thing stopping that from happening is the Patupaiarehe who needs to devour Hemo’s mauri before he achieves this milestone.  With the help of his Nanny Gugu and the rest of his ghost whānau Hemo only has to survive a few more days – but will the love of his family be enough to keep young Hemo safe?


Hemo is Home was written by Tainui Tukiwaho with his tamariki Te Rongopai, Jade, Paku, Le-Toya and Mia during lockdown 2022. The play has gone on to be runner up for the NZ Playmarket Adam Award and a recipient of Brown Ink 2022.


This is a not to be missed premiere made by whānau, about the love of whānau. Nau mai haere mai ki te Urupā!


Roanga | Duration: 120 minutes including a 20min interval.


Age restriction 10+


This show discusses whakamomori (suicide) in a frank and forthright manner.
This show is set in a fictional urupā.
This show contains coarse language and swear words.
You may find this show triggers sadness about the loss of people in your own life.
This show contains low level physical violence.
Sometimes the impact of a show’s content can be experienced days after the show, please take care with yourself and others.
We support manuhiri and kaimahi with karakia at the start and end of this show.

Ngā tangata | Cast & Creatives

Tīkiti | Tickets

All tickets to this event are General Admission and are currently available online.

$35 Pakeke (Full Price)
$28 Kaumātua (*Gold card)
$28 Hāpori (Whānau Turi/Deaf Community, *Community Services card, *Equity Member)
$20 Rangatahi (*Student card)
$15 Tamaiti (Recommended age 12+)
$30 Rōpū (Group of 6+ adults)


*Proof of claim is required, please have your ID card ready to present when attending the event.


For Tīkiti Tūru Wīra, select ‘Wheelchair Access’ section when booking online, then select a ticket price from the list presented.

Our NZSL interpreted show is on Tuesday 7 March 2023 with priority seating for our whānau turi.

If you need assistance with your booking  please contact us at info@tepoutheatre.nz

Taenga | Arrival

Our whare is located at Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon lane, Henderson, Waitakere.

When you arrive at Corban Estate, follow the signs that lead to our whare.


Ways to get here:

🚲 Cycle

There is a scenic cycle way that leads to Corban Estate Arts Centre. Lock your bike up in the bike stand available on site.


🚌 Bus & train

Bus and train links arrive at Henderson Transport Centre, which is within walking distance to our whare. Check the public transport route in your area to plan your trip.


🚗 Parking

Follow parking directions as you enter into Corban Estate Arts Centre.


When you arrive:

🍷 Our bar will be open pre show and at interval with a full range of beverages (non alcoholic and alcoholic).

🍴 Te Kauta will be open for tasty kai before the show including meals and snacks.

Whakatapoko | Accessibility

Wheelchair and walker accessibility

Our whare is accessible to wheelchairs and walkers.

To ensure you have the best visiting experience, contact us at info@tepoutheatre.nz about your access needs so we can anticipate your visit.


Please note, your walker will need to be stored away during the performance so that it’s not a trip hazard to other patrons. An usher will return your walker to you whenever you need it.


Whānau Turi Performance
We will have an NZSL interpreted performance for the deaf community on Tuesday 7 March 2023.


Service animals

Service animals are welcome at our whare. If you’re bringing a service animal to an event, contact us at info@tepoutheatre.nz before your visit so we can anticipate your arrival.


Covid 19 Considerations

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have been required to isolate, please stay home.

We encourage you to share the gift of theatre by passing your ticket onto someone else to enjoy if you have to stay home.


Masks are not required, but you are welcome to wear one.


Auckland City Council
Creative NZ
Foundation North
Creative Henderson-Massey

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