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Whakarongo Mai - Play Readings Weekend 2

A weekend of new plays from wāhine Māori playwrights 

Join us in celebrating and supporting the development of these two new works in development.

Friday 8 October 2021 | 7pm

Hoata, Whiringā-a-nuku

Pīrairaka, Tīrairaka
by Colleen Maria Lenihan (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) and Ava Williams (Ngāpuhi, Tainui)


Two young wāhine Maori grappling with the pressures of life in the city are visited by their grandmothers, who will stop at nothing to bring their mokos home. The kuia believe the only way forward is for their mokos to go back to their whenua and whānau. They are determined to bring their moko home and nothing, not even death, will stand in their way.

Director: Amber Curreen
Dramaturge: Annette Morehu

Saturday 9 October 2021 | 7pm

Ouenuku, Whiringa-ā-nuku

The Kōkako
by Te Aorewa Areta (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi)

At a time when Māori and non-Māori have been torn apart, a Māori woman steps to the front of New Zealand’s suffrage movement, fighting for a cause that represents all women. The Kōkako tells the story of Meri Mangakāhia, mysterious, elegant and intelligent, a hidden gem of our history.


Director: Miriama McDowell
Dramaturge: Amber Curreen

Attending Whakarongo Mai Play Readings: 

Friday 8 October & Saturday 9 October 2021 | 7pm


This event will be available as a digital arts experience. Register below for more information. 


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