Ngā Rorirori
By Hone Kouka | Kōanga Festival 2024

Āhea | When

Ki hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration

Ngā wheako | Experience

Ngā āhuatanga | Themes

Ngā peka | Share


Kaupapa | About

Tāmaki Makaurau Premiere. A rural marae has hit the jackpot – if they pass one final hurdle, that is. The haukāinga must convince the Government’s Chief Executive of the Department of ‘Whenua, Whakapapa and Whatever’ that they are the true descendants of their eponymous ancestor. If successful, the vast coastline in their rohe reverts to their ownership, garnering millions of dollars… in back rent alone.


Ngā Rorirori (the idiots in te reo Pākehā – alternatively fools or dimwits if you will) is a comical foray into one whānau’s relationship with their whenua- and a big brother’s quest to turn their coastline into a cash cow. The Idiots in question are Manuela and Pillow Rorirori – a sister and brother who also happen to be the only two members of their hapū. The teina, she’s an activist. The big brother, he’s a convicted fraudster. The tale begins as Manuela faces Pillow’s return home to their rohe after the crash and burn of his failed business ventures. Manuela desperately tries to hold her whānau together as their ancestral claims are put under the microscope by the Tikanga Police. 


The multi-talented cast on stage includes Mycah Keall (Mokomoko, Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere), Sefa Tunupopo (Shifting Centre, Tōrua), Hahna Nichols (New Zealand School of Dance) and Nomuna Amarbat (CHICKBAIT, Asian 8) reprising their roles from the 2022 premiere season, and Manuel Solomon (Shortland Street, The Beautiful Ones), who will join the production for the first time.


Featuring design by Mark McEntyre, Natasha James, MĀ & WYNONA and Sopheak Seng, Ngā Rorirori will be presented throughout Aotearoa in September 2024.

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Picture of Mycah Keall

Mycah Keall

Kaiwhakaari | Actor

Picture of Manuel Solomon

Manuel Solomon

Kaiwhakaari | Actor

Picture of Nomuna Amarbat

Nomuna Amarbat

Kaiwhakaari | Actor & Vocal Performance

Picture of Mīria George

Mīria George

Kaihautū | Producer

Picture of Sheree Waitoa

Sheree Waitoa

Composition, Karanga

Picture of Sopheak Seng

Sopheak Seng

Costume Designer / Campaign Stylist

Picture of Natasha James

Natasha James

Lighting Designer

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Tawata Productions

Production Company

Picture of Hone Kouka

Hone Kouka

Kaituhi/Kaitohu | Writer/Director

Picture of Sefa Tunupopo

Sefa Tunupopo

Kaiwhakaari | Performer

Picture of Reon Bell

Reon Bell

Composer & Sound Operator

Picture of Maarire Brunning-Kouka

Maarire Brunning-Kouka


Picture of Hahna Nichols

Hahna Nichols

Kaiwhakaari | Performer

Picture of Hōhepa Waitoa

Hōhepa Waitoa

Translations, Te Reo Māori

Picture of Mark McEntyre

Mark McEntyre

Set Designer

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 Season 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

$50 Tīkiti Tautoko | This unsubsidised ticket price supports Te Pou Theatre

$30 Tīkiti Ngākau Hihiko (Early Bird)

$35 Pakeke (Adult) 

$33 Kaumatua (Senior) | Gold Card may be required

$33 Hapori (Community services card holders/ Equity members) | Community services card and Equity card may be required

$30 Tauira (Student) | Student ID required

$28 Rangatahi (13-18yrs)

$33 Rōpū (6+) | When booking 6 groups or more

If you need assistance with your booking please contact us at


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 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 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.

Ngā kaitautoko | Sponsors