The 18 scenes in Witi’s Wāhine weave an intricate pattern through Ihimaera’s works, and the result is astonishing. - The Spinoff

The extraordinary and much-loved wāhine from Witi Ihimaera’s groundbreaking books including The Parihaka Woman, The Matriarch and Pounamu Pounamu are brought to life by a powerful cast in this theatrical masterpiece tenderly crafted by the late Nancy Brunning.

Ultimately this is her love story: a compilation of stories and a tribute to the wāhine of Te Tairāwhiti (the East Coast) with powerful commentary, unflinching reality, sensitivity and warm affection that places wāhine, whenua and Māori wisdom centre stage.

Witi’s wāhine are distinct from one another, where time, situation and context overlap into a single thread: a cord that draws sustenance from the whenua, from onamata – the past. These women are recognisable as the aunties, sisters, mothers and nannies from your own whānau and communities. They invite you to traverse history, sharing memories, tears, jokes and beautiful waiata along the way.

Following adored seasons in its original iteration, this new production was conceived to bring Nancy Brunning’s final work to the big stage.

Described by Denizen as the “event of the season” for its Auckland run, prepare to be moved by this “phenomenal” (Broadway World) production.

This production was a collaboration between Hapai Productions and Auckland Theatre Company.

There is a post-show talk on Friday 1 March.


Ko ngā pukapuka rongonui ēnā a Witi Ihimaera e whakamataoratia ana ki te atamira o toi whakaari. Ko The Parihaka Woman, ko The Matriarch me Pounamu Pounamu ēnā ka whakaaritia e tētehi hunga whakaari, ko te whakaari tonu he mea āta waihanga e Nancy Brunning, kia au te moe ki a ia.

He kohinga pūrākau hei mihi ki te wahine nei o Te Tairāwhiti. He mana nui ō roto, he tūturutanga ō roto, he wairua mahaki marire anō hoki. Ko te aronga matua o ngā kōrero, ko te wahine, ko te whenua, ko te mātauranga Māori.


NZSL pre-show information

Artist Credits

Nancy Brunning - Writer & Original Director

Tanea Heke - Producer

Marama Moetara (Ngapaki Moetara) - Ringatohu Whakaari (Director)

Teina Moetara - Ringatohu Whakaari (Director)

Ash Moor - Associate Producer

Roimata Mereana Aroha Fox - Kaiwhakaari (Performer)

Olivia Violet Robinson - Kaiwhakaari (Performer)

Awhina Rose Henare Ashby - Kaiwhakaari (Performer)

Kristyl Neho - Kaiwhakaari (Performer)

Matawai Hanatia Winiata - Kaiwhakaari (Performer) - Tira

Raiha Moetara - Kaiwhakaari (Performer) - Tira

Maramaria Moetara - Kaiwhakaari (Performer) - Tira

Pepiria Moetara-Pokai - Kaiwhakaari (Performer) - Tira

Penelope Fitt - Kaihoahoa Pae Whakaari / Kaihoahoa Taputapu (Set & Props Designer)

Sandra Tupu - Kaihoahoa Kākahu (Costume Designer)

William Smith - Kaihoahoa Tūrama (Lighting Designer) and Hāpai Production Manager

Tyna Keelan - Kaihoahoa Pūoro (Sound Designer)

Delainy Kennedy - Kaihoahoa Ataata-Rongo (AV Designer)

Ashley Mardon - Kaiwhakahaere Atamira (Stage Manager)


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$59.00 – $89.00

A-Reserve $89.00
B-Reserve $69.00
C-Reserve $59.00

St James Theatre


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  • Deaf Access Symbol NZSL NZSL Interpreted Performance Fri 1 March, 7pm
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Post-show talk, Friday 1 March

Show duration 1 hr 20mins. No interval

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