Our Whare

Te Pou Theatre is located at Corban Estate Arts Centre, a heritage site with artists studios and galleries situated in park-like grounds.

Te Pou Theatre Venues

Make Our Space Yours

In the heart of the Corban Estate, this historic whare could be the venue for your next occasion or show. Contact us to hold your next wānanga, event or show at Te Pou Theatre.


Tokomanawa Theatre

Host your show or event in this 250 seat 33 x 22m space, the heart of Te Pou Theatre. - Haukainga model incl. VT
- End on configuration
- Full dressing roon facilities
- Technical equipment specifications available on request

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Tāhū Studio

Our rehearsal room / studio space is a flexible space will be the perfect blank canvas for you to develop work. It is 15m x 9m and includes a lighting rig for presentation, with a 100 seat capacity.


Te Kōpua | Foyer & Bar

Named by mana whenua, Te Kōpua foyer is central to Te Pou Theatre. This warm and vibrant space is multi-purpose and could be perfect for your next function. The foyer has a designed bar and area available for small staging.


Tuarongo Hui Space

A wānanga space available to hire for the whole community. Seating approximately 20 this room has kitchenette, own access and own wharepaku


We have 4 spaces available for hire – ranging from a small hui room for 20 people, to a large theatre auditorium that seats up to 250 people. Contact us about booking for a show, development wānanga or other events at Te Pou. 

Our hui room and Tāhū Studio/Rehearsal room is available for community groups, individuals or companies to book from outside of the performing arts.  

Our priority for this whare is to support the performing arts and positive outcomes for te ao Māori.  We’re passionate about working with community groups and organizations that align with our kaupapa.

While our primary focus is the presentation and development of performing arts, Te Pou will also be available for companies and organisations to hire for conferences and major events. 

Yes, use the booking link to tell us more about your rōpū.

A New Kāinga for Māori Theatre

Our Build Story.
In 2020 in partnership with Corban Estate Arts Centre we have embarked on a build to create a performing arts centre with two auditoriums, offices, hui rooms and facilities to service audiences and performing artists.

We opened briefly in 2021 and welcomed over 10,000 people through the doors over 6 short events. 


In January 2023 we opened the newly built whare whakaari with a whakatō mauri led by manawhenua and attended by hundreds of our supporters. 


We are now open with shows, events, workshops and are taking bookings for our spaces. Nau mai haere mai!


Stage One

Completed in 2020 we constructed a 750 square metre black box theatre auditorium.  Designed for 250 seats this flexi form space  has had insulation and acoustically-sound walls installed, air conditioning and a lighting rig.

Stage Two

We have built a 145m2 studio suitable for rehearsals and public performances (audience capacity of 90).  We have built office and hui rooms for our team, manuhiri and community use, and we have build a technical storage and working space backstage.

New Box Bar

Stage Three

In 2022 – 2023 we built the front of house – creating a light filled, insulated foyer, box office and bar, and other amenities for our patrons.  We also built the back of house, installing dressing rooms for our performers and sound proofing this area.  We are further improving our foyer and outdoor signage, the theatre auditorium with flexible seating rostra, lighting rig and power supply. 

Support our Build

Building a theatre is a massive financial endeavour. We still have many areas of the whare we are developing to be fully fit-for-purpose. We want to offer quality and build a sustainable future for Māori Theatre. Donate now to help us achieve our vision. 

Digital theatre whare

Our Whare Whakaari Matahiko. This exciting new digital space is all about bringing Maori theatre to your living room across the globe without the worries of Covid.  This Whare Whakaari Matihiko will be open soon, housing any digital theatre kaupapa at Te Pou. 

See below for more information and FAQs about our new digital Whare Whakaari Matihiko.


Arriving and access

Corban Estate Arts Centre is a half an hour drive (outside of rush hour) from the Auckland CBD, and within easy walking distance of the Henderson township. The Corban Estate Arts Centre is also located on the western rail line. The entrance to Corban Estate Arts Cente is at the intersection of Great North Rd, Lincoln Rd, Swanson Rd, and Mt Lebanon Lane, in Henderson.