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The rongoā I didn't know that I needed

— Pantograph Punch

Neke is an outstanding, challenging performance that leaves you with a full and happy heart.

Celebrated Māori theatre, film and television actor, Scotty Cotter (Tainui, Ngāti Kahu, Fiji), and his creative collaborators, Braedyn Togi, Tracey Tawhiao, and J.Zealous invite you into the fluid, magnetic and dynamic world of Neke.

Neke is a theatrical exploration and discovery of the pou (pillars) left for Māori to navigate their individual haerenga (journey). Neke challenges you to voyage, perhaps discover your kaitiaki (spiritual guide) or ask what mana motuhake (self-determination) means to you?

Through physical theatre Neke weaves together the diverse representations of Māori society expressed with movement, waiata, characters, and hard out crack ups. This high-powered cast encourages you to look within yourself and ask: what do I hold precious? And am I on the right path?

Kia tū tahi tātou. Let us stand as one. Dig into the hard clay and find the rich soil for yourself.

Neke first premiered at Kia Mau Festival 2021.

Artist talk: Post-show, Wednesday 9 March, 1pm in Lower Hutt, and Saturday 12 March, 1pm in Ōtaki.


Nau mai ki te ao kanikani o Neke. He whakaaturanga toi whakaari e tirotiro ana ki ngā huarahi maha o tēnā Māori o tēnā Māori, me ngā ara rerekē me whai e tātou e ekea ai te taumata i wawatia ai. He nui te kanikani, he waiata Māori ka rangona, he kaikiriata ka kitea, he wānanga kōrero ka akona, ka mutu, he whakaaturanga hātekēhi ake nei, ngahau ake nei. Haere mai rā ki te kounga o te ao o Toi Whakaari.

Artistic Credits

Director/Producer: Scotty Cotter

Co-producer: Margs Goldsmith

Choreograper: Braedyn Togi

Written and devised by:
Scotty Cotter
Braedyn Togi
Akinehi Munroe
Moana Ete
Te Hau Winitana
Errol Anderson
Reuben Butler
Dominic Ona-Ariki
Solomon Fuemana
Shania Bailey-Edmonds

Collaborators/Cast
Moana Ete
Te Hau Winitana
Reuben Butler
Dominic Ona-Ariki
Shania Bailey-Edmonds


Thanks to

Lower Hutt Little Theatre


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Duration: 1 hr 15 mins



Contains some strong language

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