Rōmeo Rāua Ko Hurieta
He Pānuitanga | Play Reading
Kōanga Festival 2023

Āhea | When

Kei hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration

Ngā wheako | Experience

Ngā āhuatanga | Themes

Ngā peka | Share


Kaupapa | About

Tāmaki Makaurau Premiere! A brand new polylogue by six Māori and Pasifika playwrights

“Taihoa, he aha te aho ka pīata mai i te matapihi rā?

Ko te rāwhiti koaia, ko Hurieta te rā.

“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. ”

We open Kōanga Festival during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and the first day of Māhuru Māori with a celebration of whakaari reo Māori, a special reading of the recently published Rōmeo raua ko Hūrieta, Te Haumihiata Mason’s stunning translation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as part of Kotahi Rau Pukapuka and published by Auckland University Press. 

I tēnei tau ka tuku mā te whakamāoritanga a Te Haumihiata Mason i a Rōmeo rāua ko Hūrieta hei whakarewa i Te Ahurei o Kōanga 2023 i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori me te rangi tuatahi o Mahuru Māori. Nō roto mai i te kohinga o Kotahi Rau Pukapuka, he mea tā e Auckland University Press.


Join us as we share select scenes with a cast of mātanga i te ao whakaari, led by ringatohu and kaiwhakataki Jennifer Te Atamira Ward Lealand. 

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Te Haumihiata Mason

Kaiwhakamāori | Translator

Jennifer Te Atamira Ward Lealand

Ringatohu & Kaiwhakataki | Director & MC

Rawiri Paratene CNZM

Kaipānui | Performer

Rihare Te Are

Kaipānui | Performer

Tuakoi Ohia

Kaipānui | Performer

Te Rauhiringa Brown

Kaipānui | Performer

Mauri Oho Stokes

Kaipānui | Performer

Ngahiriwa Rauhina

Kaipānui | Performer

Tīkiti | Tickets

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

$22 Pakeke (Adult)

$20 Kaumātua (Senior) Gold card

$15 Rangatahi (Student) Student card

$20 Hapori (Community services card holders, Equity) Please show relevant card at tīkiti desk

$10 Tamaiti (Child) 

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:

🍷 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 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.