KO WAI MĀTOU
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 in New lynn venue 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!
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. From this whare we welcome bookings from artists for development and presentation as well as delivering our own programmes and festivals.