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Performance: The Romance of Paeora and Hinemāia

Performance: The Romance of Paeora and Hinemāia

Gather round for a family-friendly evening of Māori storytelling, music, and performance and hear about the adventures of young hero Paeora, future navigator. 

  • When Sat 24 Feb – Sun 25 Feb 2018, 8.15pm–9.45pm
  • Where
    Outdoor amphitheatre
  • Cost Free event

Presented by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal

Ever since Paeora was a young boy, he was destined for the ocean. Even when his childhood friends were away playing, Paeora would be found at the ocean’s edge, gazing out into the blue beyond. Because of this, Paeora is taught all the ways of the ocean by his beloved grandfather, Tupuora. In time, he would become an expert navigator, knowledgeable of the sea. 

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, composer, storyteller and Director of Ngā Manu Atarau at Te Papa, has crafted a moving story in the Whare Tapere tradition of Māori storytelling and performing arts. His shy hero, Paeora, loses his beloved grandfather and then his beloved childhood friend Hinemāia. Will he find his courage to fight for what is right and reclaim his sweetheart? Be there to find out and experience this beautiful story first hand.

Performed in te reo Māori with English translation.


Sat 24 Feb, 8.15–9.45pm

Sun 25 Feb, 8.15–9.45pm

NZ Festival

The Romance of Paeora and Hinemāia is a part of New Zealand Festival's A Waka Odyssey, a week-long celebration of our place in the Pacific that includes the spectacular Kupe: Festival Opening Night.