Peter Paka Paratene

08 June | Soundings Theatre, Wellington

Peter Paka Paratene

Rawiri Paratene presents his final performance of his solo show Peter Paka Paratene; a musical, cheeky look through the round window into his extraordinary life and career.

In a performance career spanning nearly 50 years, Rawiri Paratene (…aka Peter David Broughton ONZM…. aka Paka) has graced the worlds stages and screens in iconic performances such as Koro in Whale Rider and Hamlet in Shakespeares Globe to Globe. After suffering a stroke in 2019 Paratene has decided to leave the worlds stage – but not before a final turn in the limelight.

In this intimate night, Rawiri shares his own poetry, songs and favourite classical works as he regales the audience with stories of the three distinct phases of his life; Peter, Paka and Paratene.

From his youth during the urban shift from Hokianga to South Auckland, his early activism with Ngā Tamatoa, his often outrageous experiences in the heady rush of the coming of age of New Zealand performing arts and his later career that has taken him to perform in over 200 countries.

At various times throughout the show, the audience is invited to ask any questions and whakawhiti kōrero with Rawiri himself.

‘..if you’re a fan of this taonga aka our “national treasure” then this is the perfect opportunity to get to know Rawiri Paratene’s inner thoughts and his extremely cheeky nature in a marvelously intimate setting. Don’t miss it!’

Creative Credits

Written by & Starring Rawiri Paratene
Musical Director John Gibson
Director Tainui Tukiwaho
Band Tuakoi Ohia and Richie Grzyb
Lighting Calvin Hudson
Set Regan Taylor
AV Design Eve Gordon
Producer Amber Curreen, Te Rēhia Theatre Company


08 June


Soundings Theatre
Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa
Te Aro

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Based in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Te Rēhia Theatre, established 2012, is a proudly Māori theatre, championing Māori playwrights, tikanga Māori arts practice, te reo Māori and the presentation of our diverse stories.