Whānau Day
Saturday 25 September, 10am - 4pm
Te Pou Theatre, Corban Estate Arts Centre 

Join us as on a journey of discovery in and around the nooks of Corbans Estate as we celebrate our stories with a range of exciting programs, performances and activities for the whole family. 

Detailed program to come... 

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Performances | Whakaari

Shed 2 comes alive with a range of theatre performances, physical movement pieces and dance workshops. 


Join acclaimed performer Rutene Spooner for Pīpī Paopao, a performance weaving story and song, inspired by the unique characteristics of Aotearoa’s manu. Bring the kids as for a fun-filled journey with Te Mahi ā Rahi by Tainui Tukiwaho, a reo Māori play about the origins of Ki-o-Rahi, followed by a series of skill building workshops and a game with Ki-o-Rahi Tāmaki Makaurau. There will be dance and drama games for all to enjoy brought to you by Mixit


Storytelling Grove | Pūrākau

Cellar Theatre is transformed into a magical storytelling grove.


Immerse yourselves in our converted theatrette and our storytellers take you on journeys across time, space and worlds. We hear from Jeremy Redmore with his brand new book Sing Like a Unicorn, acclaimed storyteller Tuaratini from Turou Takitua and the more opportuniti9es to hear stories in different languages including Te Reo Māori with Pere Wihongi presenting stories from Aiare as well as New Zealand Sign Language.


Outdoor Market 

Outside Te Pou  and Shed 2 you will find a range of market stalls, kai and activities as well as a music stage, hosted by the incredible Brady Peeti. 


We start the day with karakia around our outdoor stage before getting into a Kapa Haka performance from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kōtuku.  Our friends at Auckland Libraries are joining us with Mobile Waka where they will have games and a wide selection of books. Face painting from Face Fatale, and roving entertainers and clowns. Let off some steam on the Bouncy Castle and enjoy some kai from a range of local food trucks.

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Arts and storymaking Activities 

Corbans Estate Project Space is taken over with arts activities for the day.

You'll get the opportunity to take part in creative activities throughout the day in this space as well as learning how to make poi with Rēhia.