Ngā Manu Rōreka
AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
From award-winning storyteller Apirana Taylor (Ka Tito Au), with translations by Materoa Haenga, the classic Ngā Manu Rōreka is a wonderful blend of te reo Māori and physical theatre, in which language-lovers and learners share in the protagonists’ journey to regain connection and receive guidance from their ancestors.
Two students, struggling with their school studies, are inspired by their ancestors to find another way to impress their teachers and community: by entering a singing talent competition. When the students return to their home marae, they open a portal for their tīpuna to return from Hawaiki into their modern day lives. Their ancestors guide them to follow their talents and make the best decision of their lives.
However, they aren’t the only singers on the day. A special cameo performance by the audience is also required to enrich the competition further!
He mea tito nā te pūkōrero whai-tohu, nā Apirana Taylor (Ka Tito Au), he mea whakamāori nā Materoa Haenga, he whakahanumitanga mīharo te kura whakaari nei, a Ngā Manu Rōreka, o te reo Māori me te whakaari ā-tinana, e taea ai e ngāi aroha nui ki te reo me te hunga akoako anō te whai wāhi ki te haerenga a ngā kiripuaki matua kia whai hononga ai, kia whai tohutohu anō ai i ō rāua tīpuna.
Arā ētahi ākonga tokorua, e pokea nei e ngā mahi kura. Ka whakaaweawetia rāua e ō rāua tīpuna kia kimihia he ara anō e whakamīharotia ai o rāua kaiako me tō rāua hapori: mā te kuhu ki tētahi whakataetae pūkenga waiata. Ka hoki ngā ākonga ki tō rāua mārae kāinga, ka huakina tētahi tatau e hoki mai ai ō rāua tīpuna i Hawaiki ki te ao o te nāianei. Ka arahina rāua e ō rāua tīpuna kia whāia ō rāua pūkenga, otirā, kia tatū i a rāua te whakatau pai katoa i ngā rā o ō rāua ao.
Heoi anō rā, ehara i te mea ko rāua nahenahe ngā kaiwaiata o te rā. Me whai wāhi rawa te whakaminenga ki te waiata motuhake atu e reka pai ai te whakataetae!
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square
Taki Rua Productions
By Apirana Taylor
Taki Rua Productions
Nā Apirana Taylor
Translator: Materoa Haenga
Kaiwhakamāori: Materoa Haenga
50mins no interval
Recommended for ages 5+
This performance is undertaken completely in te reo Māori