Kōanga Play Readings
The Jumpers & Tiaho Te Marama

By Hine Parata-Walker & Tioreore Ngātai-Melbourne

Āhea | When

Kei hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration

Ngā wheako | Experience

Ngā āhuatanga | Themes

Ngā peka | Share


Kaupapa | About

Join Te Pou Theatre for a night celebrating and supporting the development of new works by Māori playwrights as part of Kōanga Festival 2023. The Kōanga Play Readings are the Festival’s landmark feature, showcasing a series of public readings of new works from emerging playwrights.


The Jumpers by Hine Te Ariki Parata-Walker

The Jumpers is a coming-of-age tale of small-town friendships, legendary manu’s, and the consequences of breaking rules. After all, games are fun, but games have rules, and so does the sea. 

About Hine Te Ariki Parata-Walker (Ngati Porou, Ngai Tahu, Te Aitanga a Hauiti)

Hine was born and raised in Tolaga Bay (Uawa) on the East Coast. The Jumpers, set in the fictional town of Reka Bay, is inspired by her upbringing in Tolaga Bay and the wider Tairawhiti region. This story stems from her childhood jumping off the Tolaga Bay Wharf, and what she’d like to see more of on stage – talented Māori kids having fun, loving themselves, loving their place, and loving each other. Hine is currently a medical student at the University of Auckland.

The Jumpers reading will commence at 6pm. 

Tiaho Te Marama by Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne

It’s 1996 – an East Coast community unite, formed by tradition, compelled by innovation to revitalise Hinerupe marae that went up in flames.

About Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne (Ngati-Porou, Tuhoe)

Ko Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne tōku ingoa. He uri tēnei no Ngati-Porou, Tuhoe. I haere awau ki te kohanga reo o Itinoa, he raukura no Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa mai Tawiti. He raukura hoki no te kura o Toi Whakaari. Ko aku tino moemoeā ko te tū hei kai whakaari, kai tuhituhi, ringa tohu anō hoki. Mo te āpōpō. Mo ngā uri whakaheke.

Tiaho Te Marama reading will commence at 7.15pm. 

Please note: one ticket provides entry to both play readings on Fri 22 Sept. There is a short intermission between readings. 

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Hine Te Ariki Parata-Walker

Kaituhi - Playwright

Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne

Kaituhi - Playwright

Tīkiti | Tickets

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

$22 Pakeke (Adult)

$20 Kaumātua (Senior)

$20 Hapori (Community services card holders, Equity)

$18 Rangatahi (Student)

$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.