Te Pou Theatre is a kaupapa Māori performing arts venue for all that supports the presentation and development of contemporary and community performing arts locally, nationally and internationally from our home in Waitakere, Tāmaki Makaurau.   


Our wawata is that tikanga Māori led performing arts transforms the arts sector and makes a necessary difference to society in Aotearoa and the world 

Our purpose is to provide mana uplifting experiences and storytelling through tikanga Māori led,  collective approaches to performing arts 

Courageous ingenuity

Doing it right 
Keep it light 



In 2021 Te Pou Theatre will present a programme of three original works, partnership presentations, our Whakapuawai programme of development wānanga for the performing arts sector, Rangatahi focused activities and our annual Kōanga Festival celebrating Māori stories and storytellers.



Our programme of Te Pou Theatre performances at our venue and on tour



Our Annual Kōanga Festival celebrates Māori stories and storytellers


Performances, opportunities and support for Emerging Rangatira



Development workshops, wānanga and hui for the performing arts sector  


Te Pou Theatre Trust // The Te Pou Theatre is governed by Te Pou Theatre Trust, a charitable trust established 2017  


Dr. Charles Royal


Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāpuhi

Dr. Charles Royal

Board Member

Naomi McCleary MNZM

Board Member

Tainui Tukiwaho

Tūhoe, Te Arawa


Ascia Maybury

Board Member

Max Pirini

Te Rarawa

Kaimahi // Our on the ground Te Pou Theatre whānau

Tainui Tukiwaho

Tūhoe, Te Arawa

Kaihautū Taha Wairua 


Amanda Rees

Ngāi Pākeha

Kaihautū Taha Tīnana


Amber Curreen


Kaihautū Taha Whānau 


Baylee Watene Kay

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou

Kaiwhakahaere Whakaari


Rhema Sutherland

Ngāti Kahungunu

Kaitautoko - Taha Hinengaro


Maioha Allen

Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu

Rosemary Such

Development Manager 




The whakapapa of Te Pou Theatre starts with our tūpuna 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.  


Te Pou Theatre was named in 2015 in a collective national process where Māori artists from around the motu put forward name options which were decided on by kaumātua in the industry. 


Te Pou is a support post for Māori performing arts in Aotearoa

TE POU THEATRE Portage Road 2015 - 2018

In December 2014 our Auckland Māori arts community came together to discuss what we need to grow and strengthen our industry. The need for our own theatre space, a whare, 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!

TE POU THEATRE Corban Estate Arts Centre 2018 - 2019

In July 2018 Te Pou moved to Corban Estate Arts Centre to create a new Māori home for theatre in the historic Shed 1 which has held decades of artists work. Over this time Te Pou planned an ambitious build and fit out that would create a fit for purpose kaupapa Māori home from performing arts. While planning the build of new Te Pou, "Te Pou Hou" we were busy delivering our development programme Whakapuawai Programme and Kōanga Festival while being an affordable rehearsal and performance venue for many different arts and community groups.

TE POU THEATRE Corban Estate Arts Centre 2020 

In partnership with Corban Estate Trust we fundraised and gathered support from He Waka Anga Mua Ki Uta  (Auckland Council) to develop the feasibility study and designs from the wonderful Graeme Burgess and the team at Burgess & Treep .  From there we gathered support from Foundation North, Lotteries & The Trusts Community Foundation. With the incredible team at Chain Contruction led by James Delaney we began construction of the new Te Pou in 2020. In 2020 we supported the community through COVID-19 taking theatre to the front yards of the elderly in Tāmaki Makaurau, making digital theatre for free viewing and developing writers and performers through our programmes. 

We continue to fundraise and build with a planned completion of 2022.  In the meantime Te Pou is a space for development for all performing artists and companies, small scale presentation and delivery of innovative theatre programmes.


©2021 by Te Pou Theatre