Image by Ralph Brown


She is Kōpū i te ao, Parearau i te pō and if her teke could talk it would sound like this.

KŌPŪ calls you in to a cheeky ballad of a show, sharing the songs of our young wāhine Māori as they navigate this world, hairy nipples first, following in the footsteps of our naughty nannies from the kauta.

Our kāhui whetū of multi-talented performers weave live music, performance, poetry, and poi to share a hilarious honest and no hold barred account of their experiences of wāhinetanga now; The day and night duality of being fiercely everything at once. So, kindly unpeg yourself from the patriarchy, check your white feminism at the door and join us in a hearty musical celebration of the ira Wāhine in us all.

Is that my nipple hair between your teeth? You’re welcome.

Kōpū has become a no-holds-barred celebration of wāhinetanga (womanhood). I’m excited to direct six talented creatives and present the faces of wāhine who we rarely see on stage.

Creative Credits

Kaituhi, Kaiwhakaari: Tuakoi Ohia (Ngāti Hine, Mātaatua Waka, Tainui Waka. Te Arawa Waka, Te Ati Awa & Ngāi Pākehā)

Kaiwhakaari: Jane Leonard (Ngati Hine, Ngā Puhi – Te Whiu, Ngāi Tawake)
Kaiwhakaari: Brady Peeti (Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Ati-Haunui-ā-Paparangi)
Kaiwhakaari: Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana (Ngāti Hikairo – Waikato, Tūhoe)

Kaiwhakaari: Te Arohanui Korewha (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi)
Kaiwhakaari: Ngākirikiri Kershaw (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Puaha ō Waikato, Motutī)

Ringatohu / Director: Amber Curreen (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Roroa)
Dramaturge: Tainui Tukiwaho (Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa)
Musical Director: John Gibson

Lighting Designer: Jane Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa)
Set Designer: John Verryt
Sound Designer: Paige Pomana

Costume Design: Te Ura Hoskins
Choreographer: Kura Te Ua

Production Manager: Jess Leslie of Turama Productions


6 – 10 June


Hannah Playhouse
12 Cambridge Terrace
Te Aro


$35 Full price

$30 Concession

$25 Group 6+

$25 student

$15 student standby

Learn More About the Collective

Nō Tāmaki Makaurau.

Te Rēhia Theatre, established 2012, is a kaupapa Māori theatre company committed to reclamation, revitalisation and representation of te ao Māori on our stages through contemporary theatre. We champion Māori playwrights, tikanga Māori arts practice, te reo Māori & the presentation of our diverse stories. The company is led by Amber Curreen and Tainui Tukiwaho and based at Te Pou – The Auckland Home of Māori Theatre.

We have presented Te Reo Māori theatre for youth and three te reo Māori works for theatre He Tūrū Māu (2018), E Kore A Muri E Hokia (2017), Purapurawhetū (2016) and a new work Te Tangi ā Te tūī in development.

We tour works nationally and internationally including Solothello, Black Ties with Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Front Yard Festivals & Rawiri Paratene’s Peter Paka Paratene.

Presented by Te Rēhia Theatre Company in partnership with Te Pou Theatre. Originally commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival.