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The Haka Party Incident resurrects the eventful day in 1979 when a group of University of Auckland engineering students rehearsing their annual tradition of a mock haka were challenged by the activist group, He Taua. The incident sent ripples through the nation and changed race relations forever.

To create this production, award-winning filmmaker and theatre director Katie Wolfe (Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) recorded the recollections of many of the key figures involved in the incident, who are vividly represented on stage by a terrifically talented cast. The result is a riveting theatre-documentary where live drama and kapa haka combine to powerful effect.

The original two-week season sold out in Auckland and gathered a haul of excellent reviews. So, whether you are a theatre-lover, doco-fan or student, book now for an unforgettable night at the Opera House to experience the past and gain a new perspective on the present.

Original season co-presented by Auckland Arts Festival. With thanks to Creative New Zealand and Playmarket.

By arrangement with Playmarket.

"An innovative, brilliant piece of theatre all New Zealanders need to see." - NEW ZEALAND HERLAD

Artist talk: Post-show, Friday 18 and Sunday 20 March

I ngā rā ō mua, i te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki, i ia tau ka tū tētehi whakangahau. Ko te whakangahau nei, he haka, heoi anō, he takahi mana kē te mahi o tēnei haka, he mahi kaikiri. I te tau 1979 ka werongia tērā hunga haka kaikiri, e te rōpū o ‘He Taua’. Koinei te kaupapa o tēnei whakaaturanga, he tōwaitanga o aua hītoria.

He mea hanga tēnei whakaaturanga e Katie Wolfe, he kaikiriata, otirā he tohunga ki tērā ao, nō ngā iwi o Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toa. I huri haere a ia i te motu ki te kōrero ki te hunga i reira i taua rā i te tau 1979.

Haere mai, kia kitea te kounga o toi whakaari me tāna haere ngātahi me ngā hītoria o tēnei whenua.


The Haka Party Incident includes some bad language, portrays institutional racism and cultural appropriation and historical examples of how haka and Te Reo Māori were incorrectly used and performed in the past. Suitable for ages 13+.

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Wednesday 16  –  Sunday 20 March

Wednesday 16 March 7:30pm
Thursday 17 March 7:30pm
Friday 18 March 7:30pm
Saturday 19 March 7:30pm
Sunday 20 March 4pm

$49 – $79

A-Reserve $79
B-Reserve $59
C-Reserve $49

Opera House

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Duration: 2 hrs 5 mins including interval


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