Auckland Arts Festival (AAF) regrets to announce that due to New Zealand moving to Red under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, Pakaru has been cancelled. Ticketholders will be refunded automatically by ASB Waterfront Theatre. If they are unable to process your refund automatically, box office will call you. No further action is required on your part. More info, here

A gutsy portrayal of whānau and motherhood, Mitch Tawhi Thomas’s multi award-winning play is rooted in heartfelt comedy, brutal honesty, and the enduring human spirit.

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 with dignity for her tamariki, 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 their lives.

Filled with real characters dealing with real issues, this critically-acclaimed family portrait is carried by – and speaks powerfully to – the value of everyday truth and aroha.

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Last updated: 15 November 2021