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Whanau Day

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  • Sat 11 Apr ’15, 10:00am – 1:30pm


Whare No Name, 44A Portage Road, New Lynn


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Tēnā rā tātou, e rere tonu rā ngā mihi o te wā ngahuru ki a tātou katoa!
Greetings, Happy autumn to all!
Ruia taitea, kia tū ko taikaka anake.
Strip away the sap-wood, so that only the heart-wood remains.

A Whare with No Name

Ruia Taitea Creative is opening a brand new space for Māori theatre practitioners this April. This new home for Māori Theatre is currently and affectionately referred to as ‘Whare No Name’.

One of Ruia Taitea founding members Tainui Tukiwaho says: “A call was put out through the Māori theatre community networks and extended whānau last December to come together for a hui to discuss how they see the future growth of Māori theatre in Auckland.

“Thoughts of how to flesh out the possibility of a theatre and rehearsal space with a strong basis and ethos in Tikanga Māori as well as a new home for Māori theatre in Auckland were discussed.”

As a result, Ruia Taitea Creative was born and is a community within itself, relying on the talents, mahi and commitment from all its gathered whānau whose members include Tainui Tukiwaho (Billy T James, Step Dave), Rawiri Jobe (Tātou, Step Dave) and Gerald Urquart (Shortland Street).
Whare No Name will operate using the fundamental Tikanga models as its foundation.

Urquhart says: “It is important for people to know that although it’s going to be the new home for Māori theatre you do NOT have to be Māori to work in this space. All you have to do is respect the fundamental Tikanga models such as Whānau (Family), Manaakitanga (Care for a person’s Mana) and Aroha (Love). This translates into respect before, during and after the process of creating work, all of which is paramount when working with the Ruia Taitea whānau.

“So even if you just are curious about what that means, we would love to hear from you. In other words, Whare No Name welcomes all extended whānau, individuals and cultural groups, without distinction.”

Whare No Name will be officially named based on suggestions received from the community. The final ingoa for the Whare will be chosen and revealed by their kaumatua Rangimoana Taylor at the official opening on April 11.

Whare No Name will not only be Auckland’s home for Māori Theatre but will offer free weekly Te Reo Classes every Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Classes have begun, and are open to all levels. Everyone is welcome, provided they bring a plate.

To get the whare ready for the official opening, a dedicated group of the Ruia Taitea whānau are busy sprucing up the space.

Ruia Taitea Creative Presents
‘Whare No Name’ Official Opening 44a Portage Road New Lynn Saturday, April 11
Whānau Day (Koha) 10 am – 1:30 pm
Pō Whakangahau fundraiser 6:30 pm onwards

For fundraiser tickets please email ruiataitea@gmail.com
Media enquiries: Sharu Loves Hats, Sharu, ph: 021 652 175 or sharu@sharu.co.nz

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