Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival presents


Gisborne Gisborne
Wed 09 Oct


7 Fitzherbert St, Gisborne

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CONCESSION 65+ with Gold Card, Student (Student ID Required), Community Services Card
CHILD 12 years & under


Running Time: 75 minutes


7 Fitzherbert St, Gisborne

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Henare is a story inspired by renowned Ngāti Porou composer Henare Waitoa. A new play created by his mokopuna, award winning playwright Hōhepa Waitoa and produced by Hone Kouka.

We are the voices of our people!

Henare is inspired by the experiences of Tio labelled as “Urban Māori” but, unlike many others, he goes home to ‘Tiki’ and uncovers a whole lot more.

Told in the kitchen of a homestead in Tikitiki, Tio, a mokopuna of Henare, is returning to his father’s home fires. He is one of many who were born and raised away from Tikitiki but Tio has te reo and tikanga Māori. Although he never met his koroua, he often wondered what Henare was like and returns home to reignite the fire - but gets more than he bargains for.

Tio and his koroua, Henare, journey through different time periods - the 1930s, to the 1940s, to the present day. Contemporary and traditional pūoro bring you home to the Coast, opening a flood of memories.

Henare blends waiata and kōrero composed by Henare Waitoa and Hōhepa Waitoa. As a generation, we are on a mission to restore the house our tipuna erected by restoring the poutokomanawa of our Māoritanga – our language, our narrative, our people, our culture.

This is ‘Henare’.

Tawata Productions and Mahi Mahi Productions.

Theatre box office and refreshments open one hour before each show.
Recommended for ages 10 and over.
Delivered in te reo Māori.

Warning: References to Mental Health.

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