Whānau Day 2024
Kōanga Festival 2024

Āhea | When

Kei hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration

Ngā wheako | Experience

Ngā āhuatanga | Themes

Ngā peka | Share


Kaupapa | About

To kick off the opening weekend of the 10th annual Kōanga Festival, Whānau Day is a fun day celebrating storytelling in all its many forms and to inspire our youngest storytellers with pūrākau from around the world. Bring the whole whānau to create memories to hold and cherish. The day is packed full with activities, performances, food trucks, games, workshops, storytellings and more. 


This year, Whānau Day features performances from MOHI, Dust Palace, Sau e Siva, Tuakoi & Brady. A Fool’s Company return with Rae-cycling and the Binfluenza: Operation Green, as well as our reo Māori touring show, Te Hokinga Mai a Hoiho. Stories will be shared by Raukura Roa, Tangaroa Paul, Renee Liang, as well as Rakygo by Hiroshi. Come along for all ages fun with pukapuka and print making workshops. 


Bring the whole whānau and celebrate the return of kōanga!


Whānau Day is proudly smokefree, supported by Hāpai te Hauora.

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Picture of Ingoa


Reo Māori | Reo Pākehā

Picture of Ingoa


Reo Māori | Reo Pākehā

Picture of Nikeidrian Lologa Peters

Nikeidrian Lologa Peters


Picture of Millie Manning

Millie Manning



This is not a ticketed event. Register via the button below.

Don’t want to miss anything this Kōanga Festival? For the first time EVER we’ve created season passes! Check out the details…

$180 Taumata Pass | Access to all ticketed Kōanga events
$90 Kōuru Pass | Access to our Tokomanawa main bills: Rutene Spooner’s Be Like Billy? Ngā Rorirori & Neke
$60 Mahuri Pass | Access to new works: Both Play Readings & Māori Krishna + AlterNative

General Tickets

$40 Tīkiti Tautoko | This unsubsidised ticket price supports Te Pou Theatre

$20 Tīkiti Ngākau Hihiko (Early Bird)

$25 Pakeke (Adult) 

$20 Kaumatua (Senior) | Gold Card may be required

$20 Hapori (Community services card holders/ Equity members) | Community services card and Equity card may be required

$20 Rangatahi/Tamaiti

$20 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

Parking will be limited, please plan to use alternative transfort.

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.

Ngā kaitautoko | Sponsors