Kōanga Play Readings | Pōhoroi
Turene Jones & Rainton Oneroa

Āhea | When

Ki hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration

Ngā wheako | Experience

Ngā āhuatanga | Themes

Ngā peka | Share


Kaupapa | About

Join us at Te Pou Theatre for an intimate evening of play readings, celebrating the development of new works by Māori playwrights at Kōanga Festival 2024. The Kōanga Playwrights Programme is the beating heart of the festival. In this special play reading event audiences are invited to hear brand new plays read publicly for the first time following a week of workshopping with top Māori performing arts creatives.  


The Ātaahua Store nā Turene Huiarau Jones 

It’s closing time at the Ātaahua Store, the night before Matariki. Everyone’s out celebrating…everyone except Ruia, Cayleigh and Gabby, who are stuck at work with their manager, Blake, biding their time until they can leave join in the festivities. Their plans are dashed when some of Hine-ingoingo’s carnivorous children escape from their prison. Vicious beasts roaming the streets isn’t an uncommon occurrence, so the area goes into lockdown. Annoyed more than fearful, Blake triggers the store’s shields which malfunction. The workers must scramble together a makeshift barricade and survive each other’s company until the authorities clear the area of the deadly creatures.


Turene Huiarau Jones (Rongowhakaata & Te Arawa)

Turene is a writer from Rotorua. She has been involved with storylining for TV, scriptwriting for a transmedia series, written the play I Ain’t Mad At Cha, and is in the process of writing her debut novel. Turene’s writing is centred around Māori issues, especially systemic racism. Though she writes about serious topics, Turene injects humour wherever she can. It’s been a while since Turene’s even considered writing a script since their entire mental (and oftentimes physical) capacity has been overwhelmed with writing a novel. Nevertheless, they are excited to get back into playwriting!


Marmite & Honey nā Rainton Oneroa

Marmite & Honey is set at a Tangi , over the course of twenty-four hours we see each of the characters’ relationships tested. Growing up and attending tangis I was exposed to how we all dealt with death differently. How young men shield themselves with humour, while aunties kept themselves busy to provide for the grieving, and postpone their own grief. Kids playing rugby, not realising the significance of the moment until the last minute. Uncles hunting, fishing, playing cards – anything but talking about it. The play is a commentary on how generational trauma affects us today so we can have an open dialogue around a notoriously taboo subject.


Rainton Oneroa (Te Aupōuri)

A young Māori storyteller from Te Kao (Te Aupōuri), Rainton is active in the arts and works across multiple mediums. In 2021, he released his first EP exploring his experience as Māori and his identity manifests in his personal relationships. A recent graduate of ‘The Actors Programme, Rainton has been immersed in theatre and screen, being involved with Ahikāroa and ‘Bullrush’ at Basement Theatre. This is Rainton’s first play.

After the play readings, come along to Ngā Rorirori by Hone Kouka in our main theatre. Tickets for all Kōanga shows are available here.

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Picture of Turene Jones

Turene Jones

Kaituhi | Writer

Picture of Rainton Oneroa

Rainton Oneroa

Kaituhi | Writer

Picture of Nikeidrian Lologa Peters

Nikeidrian Lologa Peters


Picture of Millie Manning

Millie Manning


Tīkiti | Tickets

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

Kōanga Festival Pass

Don’t want to miss anything this Kōanga Festival? For the first time EVER we’ve created season passes! Check out the details…

$180 Taumata Pass | Access to all ticketed Kōanga events
$90 Kōuru Pass | Access to our Tokomanawa main bills: Rutene Spooner’s Be Like Billy? Ngā Rorirori & Neke
$60 Mahuri Pass | Access to new works: Both Play Readings & Māori Krishna + AltarNative

General Tickets

$40 Tīkiti Tautoko | This unsubsidised ticket price supports Te Pou Theatre

$20 Tīkiti Ngākau Hihiko (Early Bird)

$25 Pakeke (Adult) 

$20 Kaumatua (Senior) | Gold Card may be required

$20 Hapori (Community services card holders/ Equity members) | Community services card and Equity card may be required

$20 Rangatahi/Tamaiti

$20 Rōpū (6+) | When booking 6 groups or more

If you need assistance with your booking please contact us at ticketing@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:

The Te Kōpua foyer, bar, kauta and pae tīkiti will be open 1 hour before show time. 
🍷Our Bar serves a full range of beverages (non alcoholic and alcoholic) and snacks.  

🍴 Our Kauta will be open for tasty bites before the show including steamed hāngī buns from The Hāngī Master, a vegetarian platter and a selection from ‘I Love Pies’.

🎟️ Our Pae Tīkiti (Box Office) will be open for ticket sales and pick ups.

Note: We no longer accept cash payments but welcome all major cards and paywave. 

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 ticketing@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.



Service animals

Service animals are welcome at our whare. If you’re bringing a service animal to an event, contact us at ticketing@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.

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