Me hoki whakamuri kia anga whakamua.

"This is a treasure that should not be hidden, but should instead be like the toroa and carry its tears around the world as a gift to be shared, and not be like a rare white heron, only ever glimpsed once."

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Acclaimed te reo Māori production He Kura E Huna Ana is performing in Wellington for the first time in 2018.

Drawn from traditional Ngāti Waewae kōrero, He Kura E Huna Ana tells of the origins of pounamu in Arahura. When Tauranga Moana ancestor Waitaiki is abducted by the jealous taniwha Poutini, her lover Tamaahua pursues them to the depths of the Arahura River.

Returning to her papa kāinga on the anniversary of her family's death, young Hine seeks consolation in the myths of the greenstone trail. Raised solely by her Taua, Hine battles the grief that left her tipuna transformed into pounamu.

Please note: He Kura E Huna Ana is recommended for ages 13+

Image credit: Emily Brittenden, The Court Theatre

Kia Mau Season Pass 

Want to see more of Kia Mau 2018 for less?  Buy a three show Season Pass now for only $45!  Shows included in the Season Pass are He Kura E Huna Ana, WhareTalofa Papa, Lau' GaganaBarrier Ninja, Deer Woman and Beneath Skin and Bone.

The Creative Team 

Written by Hōhepa Waitoa
Directed by Nancy Brunning
Lighting Design by Nathan McKendry
Set Design by Natala Gwiazdzinski
Costume Design by Amy Macaskill
Production Management by Helena Coulton
Tour Management by Alice Pardoe
Technical Operation, Set Construction by Blair Ryan

Puawai Winterburn – Hine / Waitaiki
Scotty Cotter – Tini / Poutini
Nepia Takuira-Mita – Tau / Tamaahua
Tanea Heke – Taua / Hine Hoaka
Live Music by Sheree Waitoa



The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office by 4.30pm on the show day if you have accessibility requirements so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.