10 June 2013


Playwright and director Hone Kouka tells drama on the waterfront about the creation of TU, opening in Circa One on 15 June.
Hone Kouka.
Tihei mauriora,

“Wider than the mightiest sky”,

My elder brothers have always been at the forefront of my thoughts throughout the creation of TU
, a bright and shinning reminder of their passion, wit, vigour, deep love for each other and whanau. It is to them that I dedicate this koreo – Philomel, Boydie, Ivor and Tu.

I had been fortunate to record the wonderful Patricia Grace novel TU while working as a drama producer at Radio New Zealand in 2005, its deep resonance of whanau and brotherhood stayed with me and planted the seed for it to come to life on the stage. I humbly thank Pat Grace for allowing me to use her beautiful novel as the inspiration and guide for this production.

It is with great pride that during Matariki we celebrate this Maori production in the whare of Circa Theatre, this season marks a special moment for the whakapapa of Maori theatre in Wellington.  I thank Circa for their generosity and spirit to myself and Tawata Productions.

I thank the cast and crew for their fearlessness, tautoko and aroha, some have been with this korero since its inception in 2008. I thank Miria for her tireless and often unseen commitment to this production, without her this grand gesture would not have left the page.

TU reminds me of what we are constantly striving towards, peace, understanding and the ever reaching bonds of aroha.

Nga mihi

Inspired by the Patricia Grace novel, TU is a story of love, redemption, whanau and brotherhood.  Returning to Circa Theatre after an acclaimed World Premiere at the 2012 NZ International Arts Festival, TU is the first Maori production to be performed upon the mainstage in Circa One.

Tawata Productions are proud to celebrate this landmark occasion as part of Wellington's Matariki festivities.

Written and Directed by Hone Kouka
Based on the novel by Patricia Grace
TAMMY DAVIS (Ngati Rangi, Atihaunui a Paparangi), JAROD RAWIRI (Ngati, Whanaunga, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Hine), TAUNGAROA EMILE (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Rarotonga), KIMO HOULTHAM (Ngai Te Rangi, Te Arawa, Ngati Kuki Airani), MOANA ETE (Ngai Tahu, Samoa), TINA COOK (Nga Puhi), AROHA WHITE (Nga Puhi), SCOTT COTTER (Tainui, Fijian, Scottish) , MATU NGAROPO (Tuhoe, Ngati Porou, Te Rarawa) and ERINA DANIELS (Nga Puhi).

15-29 June
Tues & Wed 6.30pm, Thurs – Sat 8.00pm, Sun 4.00pm (no show Mon)
Saturday 29 June 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Bookings: 04 801 7992 or www.circa.co.nz
$25 Preview Night – Friday 14

Tawata Productions is a Maori production house established in 2004 specialising in the development and production of new work from Aotearoa New Zealand.  We proudly present the diverse voices of writers from Aotearoa New Zealand to the world beyond. http://tawata.wordpress.com/

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