Taki Rua perform Te Aka Tawhito

Te Aka Tawhito is a story about the challenges our youth face. The challenge of realising your dreams and achieving them and the challenge of believing in yourself. A show in te reo Māori, with New Zealand Sign Language interpretation. 

When | Āhea

Wed 17 Jul 2024, 10.30am to 11.30am

Wed 17 Jul 2024, 12.15pm–13.15pm

Where | Ki hea

Rongomaraeroa, the marae, Level 4

Cost | Te utu

Free event


NZSL interpretation

Te Aka Tawhito is the story of Rongotai, a teenager who has a burning ambition to be the hottest DJ in Aotearoa. But Kui Hauora thinks her mokopuna is losing her way so with the help of cousin Whaiora, a magic hue, waiata and haka, Kui Hauora teaches Rongotai traditional music that may just help her compete at Te Pao Roa.

Performed in te reo Māori, Te Aka Tawhito will be touring around the motu throughout school term 3. Don't miss the opportunity to watch Taki Rua in action in Te Whanganui-a-Tara these school holidays!


  • 10.30– 11.30am

  • 12.15–13.15pm

Taki Rua

Each year, Taki Rua presents highly engaging and meaningful children's theatre show performed completely in te reo Māori, to thousands of school-children and people of all ages throughout Aotearoa.

First presented in 1995 in Wellington, Te Reo Maori Season sees a small team of performers and theatre professionals travel the length of the country with a set, costumes, props and soundscape. These lively and animated shows can be understood by people of all comprehension levels, no matter where they are on their reo Māori journey.

Te Aka Tawhito, 2024. Image by Jacob Wilkins Hodges, 2024. Courtesy of Taki Rua