Ngā Tohu o Te Taiao
Featuring Rikki Solomon, James Webster & Marcus Winter The Sandman

Āhea | When

Ki hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration

Ngā wheako | Experience

Ngā āhuatanga | Themes

Ngā peka | Share


Kaupapa | About

Kōanga Festival opens with a special sharing of Ngā Tohu o te Taiao – Kōanga.

Connecting to te taiao through mahi toi at this time of Kōanga.

Welcome to Kōanga Festival 2024, sharing exciting new Māori stories for the stage. Our 10th annual festival opens with a special sharing of Ngā Tohu o te Taiao – connecting us to this time and place through pūrakau, puoro and toi onepū.

This multi-artform performance work builds our connection to the tohu of the natural world, celebrating the change in season with a soul-filling live arts experience. The performance brings together mātauranga Māori with Rikki Solomon, live sand art from Marcus Winter, and taonga puoro, weaving stories of Kōanga through video and wānanga, connecting us to this time and place.

Rikki shares mātauranga around the tohu of the change of seasons from the skies, the land, the manu, the ocean, and our waterways. We then look to the marama and the night sky and ground ourselves in this time of Kōanga.

Tuia ki te whenua

Tuia ki te rangi

Tuia ki te moana

Join us in opening Kōanga Festival 2024 with mahi toi, kōrero, and kai.

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Picture of Rikki Solomon

Rikki Solomon

Artist/ Performer

Picture of Marcus Winter - The Sandman

Marcus Winter - The Sandman

Artist/ Performer

Picture of James Webster

James Webster

Artist/ Performer

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.

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