Written by Tuakoi Ohia
Premiere Season

Āhea | When

Kei hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration





Kaupapa | About

She is Kōpū i te ao, Parearau i te pō and if her teke could talk it would sound like this. 

KŌPŪ calls you into to a cheeky ballad of a show sharing the songs of our young wāhine Māori as they navigate this world, hairy nipples first, following in the footsteps of our naughty nannies from the kāuta.  

Our kāhui whetū of multi-talented performers weave live music, performance, poetry, and poi to share a hilarious honest and no hold barred account of their experiences of wāhinetanga now; The day and night duality of being fiercely everything at once. 

Kōpū has been in development since 2021. After covid cancelled the planned Auckland Arts Festival 2022 premiere presentation this talented team spent the year workshopping and sharing exclusive public showings of the work in progress.  Audiences came online into our whare whakaari matihiko and saw behind the scenes and attended our Kōanga Festival showing at Basement Theatre. Here’s what they had to say…

"Loved the singing, love the korero. Could definitely relate as a young Māori female navigating the world."

"Humorous, invigorating and exciting!"

"Āe, tino rawe tenei Whakaari. Maha ngā momo kaupapa e pā mai ki au. Pai ki te whakarongo ki te matakitaki ene mareikura me o rātou whakaaro, kōrero, tīrohanga rereke. Pai te katakata."

So, kindly unpeg yourself from the patriarchy, check your white feminism at the door and join us in a hearty musical celebration of the ira Wāhine in us all.

KŌPŪ was originally commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival. This 2023 Premiere season is presented in partnership with Te Rēhia Theatre Company.

Ngahau | Te Reo Māori | Live music | Storytelling | Prose | Movement | Sass

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Tuakoi Ohia

Kaituhi &Kaiwhakaari / Writer & Performe

Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana

Kaiwhakaari / Performer

Brady Peeti

Kaituhi &Kaiwhakaari

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Ngakirikiri Kershaw

Kaituhi &Kaiwhakaari

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Amber Curreen

Ringatohu / Director

John Verryt

Kaihoahoa Pae Whakaari / Set Designer

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Jane Hakaraia

Kaihoahoa Tūrama / Lighting Designer

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Kura Te Ua

Kaitito Nekehanga / Choreographer

Te Arohanui Way-Korewha

Kaituhi &Kaiwhakaari

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Jane Leonard

Kaituhi &Kaiwhakaari

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John Gibson

Mātanga Puoro - Musical Consultant

Paige Pomana
Paige Pomana

Kaihoahoa Pūoro / Sound Designer

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Te Ura Hoskins

Kaihoahoa Kaka / Costume Design

Teiaro Taikato

Kaiwhakahaere Atāmira / Stage Manager

Maioha Allen
Maioha Allen

Kaiwhakahaere / Producer

Tīkiti | Tickets

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

$40 Tautoko Tīkiti (Supporting Te Pou Theatre and our artists)
$28 Pakeke (Standard Adult Ticket)
$26 Kaumātua (*Gold card)
$26 Hāpori (Whānau Turi, *Community Services card, *Equity Member)
$22 Rangatahi (*Student card)

$26 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.


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.

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.

Content Warnings

This show contains adult themes, coarse language, racial slurs & content that may be offensive to some.

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