Pakaru explores a young family helmed by Jess, a solo mother, trying to survive on the breadline in present day Aotearoa.

Burdened by bills, social welfare, and a small pay packet, she faces huge expectations and two teenage twins eager to explore the world without her. While battling to provide a life for her family with dignity, she decides it is time to think about herself for a change and meets Tahi online. Their first date begins a whirlwind of laughter, tears and surprises as this new man enters the life of this whānau.

Pakaru is filled with real characters dealing with real issues. It is filled with pathos and frustration but ultimately carried by love. Written by Mitch Tawhi Thomas, this is the world premiere season of an Adam New Zealand Play Award 2019 winning script.