TE POU is a performing arts space established in April 2015 and is currently located in Corban Arts Estate Centre. Te Pou embodies the literal meaning of its name ‘The Support post’; acting as a constant and reliable presence for our performing arts community in Tāmaki Makaurau and abroad.
The whakapapa of Te Pou Theatre starts with our tipuna and taonga they have passed down to us, the political movements and work of the leaders in Māori arts over the last six decades and the path they have laid for us to be able to do the mahi we do.
In December 2014 a hui was at the then vacant theatre at Corban Arts Estate Centre lead by Jason Te Kare, Tainui Tukiwaho and Noa Campbell to wananga about future of our Auckland Māori arts community – what we need to grow and strengthen our industry. The exciting potential of having our own theatre space, a whare, with rehearsal space was voiced strongly.
The karanga was heard and answered – we were extremely excited to announce that as of the 1st of March 2015, the lease was signed on the building at 44a Portage road New Lynn. Renovations commenced with a dedicated team of volunteers working day and night to create a whare we could all be proud of. On April 11, we held the official opening for TE POU- The Auckland home of Māori theatre’. Te mutunga kē mai o te mīharo!
Since opening in 2015 we have become a home to many artists, companies and shows throughout the country as well as presenting curated seasons, festivals and workshop programmes.