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For the first time ever, the classic award-winning Māori play Purapurawhetū will be presented in full te reo Māori for two seasons at Te Pou Theatre from 6-9 July and at The Herald Theatre from 13 -16 July as part of the 2016 Matariki celebrations.

As a young man works to complete tukutuku panels for the new marae, a mysterious old woman arrives to help him. She reveals a past of hidden secrets, dark stories, jealousy – a past filled with loss, but also a future filled with hope.

Purapurawhetū is a highlight of Auckland’s month-long festival, Matariki16, which celebrates the Māori New Year with more than 100 shows, events, and community activities across the region. Audiences are encouraged to come and immerse themselves fully in contemporary Māori culture no matter their fluency. Ruia Taitea Creative are keen for people to use theatre to learn the language at this most special time of the year.

Earlier Event: July 2
Last Night of the Proms
Later Event: July 8
Mister Maker & the Shapes