Kia Mau Festival | Moana Nui

A curated digital experience.

Moana Nui is a curated digital experience of live performance from Kia Mau Festival. From the raw final rehearsal room performance as artists prepare for Opening Night, to the full glory of an in-theatre season before live audiences. Cinematic soundscapes and the power of our writers are all unleashed in demand and online.

Our digital theatre features the Ahi Kā Series filmed in Te Whanganui-a-Tara by three filmmaking teams including Natala Gwiazdzinski (Ngāti Raukawa) and Pikihuia Haenga (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Porou); and Kahu Kutia (Ngai Tuhoe) and Elise Lanigan (Ngāti Pākehā); and Timon Zeiss. Ahi Kā, shares profiles of artists of theatre, dance, music, literature & film – from Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch – all from Aotearoa and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.

We are proud to collaborate with creative storytellers presenting new work from throughout the Indigenous world including Article 11, Moogahlin Performing Arts, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Atamira Dance Company, Bianca Hyslop & Rowan Pierce, Teremoana Rapley, The Māori Sidesteps, Mahi Mahi Productions and Tawata Productions.

Moana Nui is premiering Big Hair, Don’t Care (Tawata Productions) is a series was crafted to share kōrero of equity and visibility while  contributing to the documentation of the creative work of women across the stage and screen landscape.

Big Hair, Don’t Care is streaming from Thursday Sept 22 2022.

As Indigenous peoples, Māori and Pasifika are global by nature. Moana Nui has the ability to connect us. Our stories are amplified across our digital ocean – reaching across Aotearoa but also throughout Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa and the world.