Waiwhakaata – Reflections in the Water Waiwhakaata – Reflections in the Water

Waiwhakaata – Reflections in the Water

  • Dance
  • Online Event
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This is an online school offer

Viewing Window: All day on Monday 28 March

Price: $5 per student, please enquire via schools@aaf.co.nz

Suitability: Years 12-13 (Secondary School Seniors)

Curriculum Links: Drama, English

A return to ancestral origins and legacy. Mystical and magical beings. One man’s journey of self-rediscovery.

Having lost touch with his Māori heritage, caught up in the rat race of urban humanity and drifting further from his roots, Rehua takes us on his personal journey towards healing and redemption. A life-altering decision changes the pathway, guiding his return to the whenua and waterways of his forbears. Steeped in history, emotion, and an inherent connection with patupaiarehe, the ancestors guide Rehua as his identity resurfaces while learning to integrate his past with his present self.

Contemporary dance, explosive and innovative physical theatre, taonga puoro, and kōrero tuku iho combine to bring us this story of hope and reconnection.

My Life As A….

Meet Cian Parker, the writer and dramaturg for Waiwhakaata – Reflections in the Water. In this bite-sized video, she discusses her work, creative process and passes on top tips for aspiring artists.

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Creative Learning Booking & Contact
For Creative Learning programme queries, contact our Creative Learning Programme Coordinator Kelly Gilbride.
Email: schools@aaf.co.nz
Phone: 09 374 0339
SUPPORTED BY Creative NZ, Foundation North, and Annies

Contains strong Language, violence, strobe lighting and smoke/haze

Streaming only available in NZ and Australia

School tickets $5/Student


Viewing Window: All day on Monday 28 March



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  • Eddie Elliott
  • Niwa Milroy
  • Cian Parker
Matauranga Māori Advisor
  • Associate Professor Tom Roa
Taonga Puoro Artist
  • James Webster
Music Engineer & Voice Over Artist
  • Alistair Deverick
Lighting Designer & Production Manager
  • Jo Kilgour
  • Lance Loughlin
  • Lezharn Avia-Elliott
  • Sean MacDonald
  • Carl Tolentino
  • Chrissy Kokiri
  • Faith Schuster
  • Brydie Colquhoun
  • Isope Akau’ola
Voice Over Artists
  • Niwa Milroy
  • Rodney Whanga
  • Te Aurere Firmin
  • Tamara Elliott
  • Te Rongopai Murray
  • Lezharn Avia-Elliott
  • Te Aurere Murray-Haiosi
  • Sioe Murray-Haiosi
  • Jinki Cambronero


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