The Haka Party Incident

By Katie Wolfe

Āhea | When

Kei hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration





Kaupapa | About

Masterfully brings to life a bold act of resistance…. intensely funny, to heartbreakingly sad in a single beat”  Theatreview, 09 April 2021

The last New Zealand war took place in Auckland in 1979. It lasted three minutes.


The Haka Party Incident resurrects the eventful day when a group of University of Auckland engineering students rehearsing their annual tradition of a mock haka are confronted by the activist group, He Taua.


The incident sent ripples through the nation and changed race relations in New Zealand forever.


Crafted by film-maker and theatre director Katie Wolfe (The Mooncake and the Kumara, Waru, He Māngai Wāhine, Artefact), The Haka Party Incident is verbatim theatre that innovatively combines documentary and kapa haka to thrilling effect while celebrating young Māori and Pasifika activism in 1970s Tāmaki Makaurau.


Provocative, resonant and unforgettable, The Haka Party Incident is a not-to-be-missed theatre event

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Katie Wolfe

Writer & Director

Roimata Fox


Patrick Tafa


Whetu Silver

Taonga Pūoro

Jo Kilgour

Lighting Design

Kingsley Spargo

Sound Design & Musical Direction

Aidan O'Malley


Lauren Gibson


Finley Hughes


Kauri Williams


Nīkau Balme

Kaiako Kapa Haka/ Kaitito Haka

John Verryt

Set Design

Alison Reid

Costume Design

Tīkiti | Tickets

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

$65 Haka Party Incident Supporter Ticket (Artist support ticket)

$35 Pakeke (Full Price)
$28 Kaumātua (*Gold card)
$25 Hāpori (Whānau Turi, *Community Services card, *Equity Member)

$25 PREVIEW SPECIAL PRICE (1/6/23 only)
$20 Rangatahi (*Student card)

$15 Tamaiti (Recommended age 12+)

*Proof of claim is required, please have your ID card ready to present when attending the event.


For Tīkiti Tūru Wīra, select ‘Wheelchair Access’ section when booking online, then select a ticket price from the list presented.


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:

🍷 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 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.