Te Pou Awe Acting Classes with Tainui Tukiwaho

About Te Pou Awe - Acting Classes

Bringing back our Te Pou Awe series for 2024, we are inviting whanau Maori of the industry to come along and have a play with some acting. These exciting classes will be taught by Tainui Tukiwaho and will run every Monday for 7 weeks through June and July. Sign up to participate in this series, upskill your acting craft and boost your confidence in a playful space. 


We are inviting all Māori creatives, regardless of your acting experience, to book your spot and get in now, as spots are limited. You don’t need any acting experience to participate.

Nō reira, nau mai tautī mai!

Workshop Details

Āhea | When: Mondays, 10 June – 22 July, 2024

Kei hea | Where: Te Pou Theatre

Mō wai | For who: Māori and Moana Nui performers

Utu | Cost: Free
Roanga | Duration: 6pm-9pm

About Tainui

Tainui Tukiwaho is an experienced theatre maker having worked professionally in te ao whakaari for the past 20 years. He began his career as an actor after graduating from Unitec. Using his skill as a foundation for storytelling, he progressed to directing and writing where – over the past 10 year – he has built a sizable resume. Tainui observed a lack of Māori voices on our professional stages and quickly adopted and implemented a distinctive style and perspective representative of his cultural background. With this voice he has written, adapted and translated many plays, including Peter, Paka, Paratene, E kore a muri e hokia, Hoki Mai, Tama ma, Larger than life, Te Awarua and more recently the international sell-out festival show Black Ties.

About the Whakapuāwai Programme

The Whakapuāwai Programme at Te Pou Theatre is an annual programme offering opportunities for development and connection for the Māori performing arts community. Check out the other opportunities below!

Kawhe Kōrero Māori with Maioha Allen
Koi Sharpen Up Wānanga with Miriama and Equity NZ
Whakawhanaunga Waiata Sessions with Tyler
Whakaruruku Taupiringa Intimacy Coordination with Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Kawhe Kōrero Māori


Waiata Workshops

Intimacy Coordination

Kua roa koe e ako ana i te reo Māori? Kua oti katoa rānei i a koe ngā akoranga reo Māori i Te Wānanga o Aotearoa? Tēnā haramai ki te Whare Whakaari o Te Pou ki te wānanga, ki te kata, ki te inu kawhe, tī rānei. Haramai kia tangatanga anō tō arero māori. 

Join Katherine McAlpine and Miriama McDowell for a one day workshop for Māori and Moana Nui performers. This session is for Equity members and other performers. Focus on sharpening your skills and connecting with other performers.

Nau mai ki Āperira Waiata Sessions! This an opportunity to come together, whakawhanuanga and just sing. Each session, the group learn a new waiata and hokimahara to previous ones. These are relaxed, drop-in style sessions so nau mai, haere mai!

Intimacy Coordination is about cultivating a safe and professional environment for the crafting of intimate content on screen and stage. This workshop will provide participants with valuable tools and language that will add to your kete & professional practice.

Kaitautoko | Funders

We are grateful to have various organizations, businesses and people supporting many different aspects of Te Pou. We couldn’t achieve what we have without their support. Our Whakapuāwai Programme is sponsored by the following: