He Kura E Huna Ana

After two years’ development, the fully te reo Māori play He Kura E Huna Ana is touring Christchurch and Dunedin in March and April.

A Ngāi Tahu legend retold for a new generation, He Kura traces the tragic love of Tamaahua and Waitaiki, torn apart by Poutini the taniwha. Starring Kim Garrett and directed by Nancy Brunning, the production blends the contemporary and ancestral to explore the mystic origin of Pounamu in the Arahura River.

Written by emerging playwright and rangatira o te reo Māori Hōhepa Waitoa, the debut season of He Kura E Huna Ana quickly sold out The Forge at The Court Theatre in 2015. After guidance from professionals throughout Māori theatre at the 2016 Matariki Development Festival, the fully developed production showcases the talent and wairua of the Māori theatre community.

He Kura E Huna Ana is the first work produced as part of Ngā Tai O Kurawaka – a Taki Rua project encouraging iwi to translate local stories into stunning theatre.


April 6 – 8