Congratulations to Te Pou Whare!
Congratulations to all actors involved in the opening of Te Pou Whare last night, including Equity members Tainui Tukiwaho, Ascia Maybury, Gerald Urquhart and Boni Tukiwaho. Te Pou Whare is New Zealand's first Māori theatre, conceptualised after a call was put out through the Maori theatre community networks and extended whanau last December to come together for a hui to discuss how they see the future growth of Maori theatre in Auckland. As a result, Ruia Taitea Creative was born and is a community within itself, relying on the talents, mahi and commitment from all its gathered whanau. Te Pou Whare is also a home for non-Māori creatives who respect the fundamental Tikanga models such as Whanau (family), Manaakitanga (care for a person's mana) and Aroha (love). This translates into respect before, during and after the process of creating work, all of which is paramount when working with the Ruia Taitea whanau. The theatre is based at 44a Portage Rd, New Lynn, Auckland and has rehearsal rooms available to rent.