by Nicola Kawana

3 - 11 JULY 2021

 “Do you see before you a woman of no consequence?” (Jane Maria Phillips)

In 1868 Lucy “Takiora” Lord returns to her turangawaewae to work alongside the Militia in the Taranaki Land Wars. Fiercely independent and ambitious, Lucy is living a life outside of the social expectations for women of the time. She is determined to define her place to stand, on her terms. But at what cost?


Kūpapa takes us into the complex world of the first-generation of Māori/Pākeha wāhine who lived out their extraordinary lives, creating their own agency in the birth of this “New” Zealand.


In Kūpapa Nicola Kawana reimagines historical events through the eyes of her ancestor, the infamous Lucy Lord aka Takiora.  Lucy was born of William Lord and Kōtiro Hinerangi in the Bay of Islands where her mother had been taken from Taranaki as part of a peace deal with  Ngāpuhi  Lucy is sister to the famous Guide Sophia/Te Paea of Whakarewarewa and Jane Phillips, a landowner and petitioner to the Crown on Maori land. Lucy worked as a guide and interpreter for Major Gustavus Von Tempsky, assisted the government in the purchase of Māori land in her own tribal area and was involved in the bloody campaign against her uncle,  prophet and military leader, Titokowaru. 


Fascinated by her tupuna and her motivations, Kawana has written her theatrical debut to give voice to the wāhine of this time; readdressing the imbalance of the histories of our wāhine Māori who contributed significantly to the creation of a shared new world for Pākeha and Māori. 


Kaituhi: Nicola Kawana 

Ringatohu: Erina Daniels

Kaihanga: Jane Hakaraia

“You can l earn their language and their ways, pray to their God. You can have their blood running through your very veins. But you will always be’ other’ to them; native, half-caste, rebel.

Don’t you see sister?  


Saturday 3 July 2021, 7pm

Tuesday 6 July 2021, 7pm

Wednesday 7 July 2021, 7pm

Thursday 8 July 2021, 7pm

Friday 9 July 2021, 7pm

Saturday 10 July 2021, 7pm

Sunday 11 July 2021, 4pm


Te Pou Theatre

2 Mt Lebanon Lane 



$25 General Admission

$20 Concession 


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