The Handlers
By Poata Alvie McKree

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Kaupapa | About

Crown Lynn wahine, handling it all. 

 

When a whānau of Māori women working at the Crown Lynn factory all take time off to attend a tangihanga, the production line grinds to a halt, putting their jobs on the line.

 

It’s 1976 in West Auckland; the Crown Lynn factory is producing record amounts of crockery made primarily by the hands of Māori and Pacific peoples. Running the Handle Room is Aunty Whero, who, despite her boss John’s mandate against close whānau working on the same production line, hires her nieces Kiri and Hine to work alongside her. Their Tongan mate, Salote, keeps their secret well.  

 

These wāhine keep things moving at mahi and on the home front while also handling the workplace discrimination and racism that was rife in the 70s. This was when the fires of mana Māori motuhake were being stoked; meanwhile, the Dawn Raids were traumatising and tearing Pacific families apart. As if these wāhine didn’t have enough to handle already!

 

The Handlers by Poata Alvie McKree will make you laugh, cry, reminisce, get you all fired up and make you remember all the mana wāhine in your life, as well as your favourite Crown Lynn mug. While The Handlers is a fictionalised account of Māori women’s experiences working in factories like Crown Lynn in the 70s, the wāhine that carries these stories are familiar to all of us.

The Handlers was previously developed by Black Creatives Aotearoa, an organisation dedicated to supporting creatives of African and Afro-Caribbean heritage living in New Zealand, and was further workshopped through Te Pou Theatre’s development of Māori playwrights at the Koanga Festival in 2022.

This production is presented by Te Pou Theatre, in partnership with Te Rēhia Theatre.

 

Meet the Kaituhi

Poata Alvie McKree (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi ki Whangaroa, Yurumein, Barbados) is an interdisciplinary artist and arts therapist. She is committed to telling stories that foster a connection to the earth, the ancestors, other peoples, and the divine. This manifests variously through writing for live performance, facilitating therapeutic art and movement workshops, and offering ritual and ceremonial gatherings for women. Alvie works across mediums, reimagining her ancestors’ lived experiences as a way to heal the rifts in cultural identity caused by colonisation, migration, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  

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Graphic Design: Frank Turner

Photography: Andi Crown | Hair & Make Up: Shirley Simpson

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Poata Alvie McKree

Poata Alvie McKree

Kaituhi | Writer

Amber Curreen

Amber Curreen

Ringatohu | Director

Aroha Rawson

Aroha Rawson

Kaiwhakaari | Actor

Nastassia Wolfgramm

Nastassia Wolfgramm

Kaiwhakaari | Actor

Tuakoi Ohia

Tuakoi Ohia

Kaiwhakaari | Actor

Jane Hakaraia

Jane Hakaraia

Kaihoahoa | Designer

Elizabeth Whiting

Elizabeth Whiting

Kaihoahoa | Designer

Bekky Boyce

Bekky Boyce

Operator

Nancy Wijohn

Nancy Wijohn

Kaiwhakahaere Whakaari | Co-Producer

Eden Webster

Eden Webster

Kaiwhakahaere Whakaari | Co-Producer

Cian Parker

Cian Parker

Kaiwhakaari | Actor

Neill Rea

Neill Rea

Kaiwhakaari | Actor

Connor Magatogia

Connor Magatogia

Kaihoahoa | Designer

John Parker

John Parker

Kaihoahoa | Designer

Teiaro Taikato

Teiaro Taikato

Kaiwhakahaere Ātaamira | Stage Manager

Aroha Awarau

Aroha Awarau

Publicity

Maioha Allen

Maioha Allen

Kaiwhakahaere Whakaari | Associate Producer

Chloe Weavers

Chloe Weavers

Kaiwhakahaere Whakaari | Co-Producer | Production Manager

Nikeidrian Lologa Peters

Nikeidrian Lologa Peters

Kaiwhakaari

Millie Manning

Millie Manning

Kaiwhakaari

Tīkiti | Tickets

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

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

$35 Pakeke (Adult) 

$28 Kaumatua (Senior) | Gold Card may be required

$25 Hapori (Community services card holders/ Equity members) | Community services card and Equity card may be required

$25 Tauira (Student) | Student ID required

$20 Rangatahi (13-18yrs)

$15 Tamaiti (12yr and under)

$28 Rōpū (6+) | When booking 6 groups or more

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.

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.
 

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