"Aloalii is an endearing storyteller and performer. There is a sincerity and earnestness to his performance that keeps me, and the audience, drawn in"

— Chloe Klein - Theatreview 

From hip-hop to contemporary dance, and Polynesian dance to theatre, Goodbye Naughton pays homage to the experiences that have shaped the life of the Ōtara grown artist, Aloalii Tapu.

With astonishing physicality and moving storytelling Aloalii and his close friends and singers Chris Taito and Uati Tui take us through the realities of being ‘the man’ from Ōtara, cultural expectations and postcolonialism. Once congratulated after a show with a back-handed compliment about dancing ‘like a white guy’, he addresses that too.

Given to him by his parents at a time when having a Samoan name was cause for confusion, his first name Naughton was gifted as a promise of safety and future opportunity. Goodbye Naughton rejects that idea, leaving Aloalii free to create his own identity through dance deeply rooted in the Samoan culture he’s so proud of.

Aloalii Tapu & Friends is a performance-based collective led by Aloalii Tapu committed to developing and presenting Kiwi grown artists.

Goodbye Naughton was made with the support from Creative New Zealand and Pacific Dance New Zealand.

Download the event programme here.


Aloalii Tapu

Leah Carrell

Aloalii Tapu, Chris Taito and Uati Tui

Costume and Rehearsal Director
Tori Manley-Tapu

Stage Manager
Marelie Van Den Berg

Photography and videography
Canaan Ponifasio and Deitrah Chang

Video sources
Moli Tapu, Ieti Fetalaiga, Alan Va'a, Caleb Va'a and Seiuli Vaifou Temese

Special thanks to
Zeal West, Hadleigh Pouesi, Freshmans Dance Company, Katrina Todd, Wellesley Dance Studios, Christoph Winkler, Elena Polzer, Liz Manley, Woodlands Park Primary School, Claire O'Neil, Sarah Foster-Sproull, John Fale, Royston Maldoom, LifeChurch, Joseph Fa'afiu and Caroline Wilson.

Partnered by
Audio Visual Partner

$5 – $12

General Admission - Seated Adult $12
General Admission - Seated Child $5
Child price applies to under 18s. Proof of age required.

Tickets for Goodbye Naughton are available through Ticketek. Booking fees apply.

Te Rauparaha Arena

  • Wheelchair Access Symbol.png Wheelchair accessible
Contains scenes relating to suicide.

Duration: 50mins

Family Te Ata Access Dance Theatre Festival in the festival
Related Events
All Events