A Taki Rua Productions Te Reo Māori Season favourite returns. From award-winning storyteller Apirana Taylor (Ka Tito Au), with translations by Materoa Haenga, the classic Ngā Manu Rōreka is a wonderful blend of te reo Māori and physical theatre, in which language-lovers and learners to share in the protagonists’ journey to regain connection and receive guidance from their ancestors.
Two students, struggling with their school studies, are inspired by their ancestors to find another way to impress their teachers and community: by entering a singing talent competition. When the students return to their home marae, they open a portal for their tīpuna to return from Hawaiki into their modern day lives. Their ancestors guide them to follow their talents and make the best decision of their lives.
However, they aren’t the only singers on the day. A special cameo performance by the audience is also required to enrich the competition further!
“[An] immersive, fun and an open handed challenge to engage with an appreciate a unique taonga of this land – Te Reo Māori.” — Theatreview
Recommended for ages 5+
This performance is undertaken completely in te reo Māori
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