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To mark the start of our 40th year celebrations, Taki Rua brings back one of its original Te Reo Māori Season productions: Taku Waimarie, by Willy Craig Fransen. Performed entirely in te reo Māori, this delightful classic is reimagined for the tamariki of today.
E whakahokia mai ana e Taki Rua tēnei whakaaturanga i hua ake i Te Wāhanga Reo Māori tonu, anā, ko Taku Waimarie, nā Willy Craig Fransen. He reo Māori te tuku o tēnei whakaaturanga pārekareka, ā, kua whakahoutia kia hāngai ai ki tēnei reanga tamariki.
Ka tahuti atu a Tamatea i te pāmu o tōna whānau, ka ahu ki ngā rama muramura o te taone. Ka pore a ia, a, toro noa ki te moe. Te ohonga mai a Tamatea, ko tētehi taniwha weriweri e tohutohu ana i te iwi, ā, e whakakore ana i te kōrero i te reo Māori. Ka hinga rānei te taniwha i te kaha o Tamatea me ōna hoa hou o te taone?
He whakaari whakakoakoa, he rawe hoki nga kiripuaki, ko tā te whakaari nei he whakaatu mā te mahi tahi, mā te tūhonohono e eke panuku tātou te tangata ki nga taumahatanga me ngā pēhitanga o tēnei ao tūroa, i mana ai te kupu, mā tō rourou, mā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
Taki Rua brings back one of its original Te Reo Māori Season productions: Taku Waimarie, by Willy Craig Fransen. Performed entirely in te reo Māori, this delightful classic is reimagined for the tamariki of today.
Tamatea runs away from the family farm, headed for the bright lights of the city. He is knocked unconscious, and awakes to find the city ruled by a dreaded taniwha that forbids the use of te reo Māori. Can Tamatea and his new city friends defeat the taniwha?
Full of humour and endearing characters, Taku Waimarie reveals the power of working together to overcome life’s challenges in a participatory and animated production.
A Matariki offering from Taki Rua demonstrates the depth of Maori theatre as a 20-year-old play resurfaces with its sparkle undiminished by the passage of time.
Writer: Willy Craig Fransen (Ngāi Tahu, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Horana, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, te Iwi Mōrehu, Ngāti Koterana)
Director: Regan Taylor
Sound Design: Maaka McGregor
Costume Design: Cara Louise Waretini
Set Design: Taupuruariki Brightwell
Illustration: Grace Couper (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa)
Kaiwhakarite: Joyce Stephens (Ngā Iwi Rima o Muriwhenua, Te Ātiawa)
Kaiwhakahaere Pūtea: Alex Granville
Kahukura: Tānemahuta Gray (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Waikato)
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Since its founding in 1983, Taki Rua has blazed a trail as the first national kaupapa Māori performing arts organisation, producing, commissioning and developing theatre works through a distinctively Māori lens.
Taki Rua has been an arts industry leader – a creative rule breaker, continually evolving the definition of Māori theatre.
We exist to connect the past and present and ensure Māori voices are heard worldwide.
Taki Rua is an incorporated society that is governed by a volunteer board, with an operational team based in our offices – Te Haukāinga – in Taranaki Street.