Kia Mau Festival 2018



Fri 01 Jun 2018, 12:00 am


Sat 16 Jun 2018, 11:59 pm


Various Wellington Venues
See website for details


Festivals, Maori, Theatre, Dance

Listed By:

Brianne Kerr

We invite you to journey with us. This is Kia Mau

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To celebrate the fourth annual Kia Mau Festival of Māori + Pasifika + Indigenous | Theatre + Dance, 1-16 June, we are putting our youth forward.

“Looking to the future of this Festival and the industry we feel it’s important to put youth at the forefront” says Hone Kouka, Festival Curator. “The Wāhine Works production of Waiora is the perfect choice to open Kia Mau Festival 2018 - youth focussed, wāhine led and socially pertinent.  These key elements are at the heart of the 2018 Festival.”

Opening the Festival we are proud to present Wāhine Works from Whangārei Girls High School – a group of 12 ambitious teens who have enjoyed two sell out and rave review season’s of their production of Waiora: Te-u-kai-po (The Homeland) by Hone Kouka. This talented team are thrilled to take advantage of the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to travel to Wellington and stage the opening act of the Festival, 1-9 June at the Hannah Playhouse.

Continuing the theme of supporting and focusing on emerging artists we are thrilled to share with Pōneke new works by emerging companies such as OiOi Productions from Auckland, with Beneath Skin and Bone sees the Te Wiki sisters weave together stories of whānau and whakapapa and Y | Not from Christchurch delving into New Zealand Samoan vs Samoan New Zealand . . . are they not the same?

The playwriting festival Breaking Ground, 11-16 June,  will be looking at three new scripts by three emerging playwrights from New Zealand and Australia – Whitireia Performing Arts 2017 graduate Maia Diamond, Sydney based emerging playwright Henrietta Baird and acclaimed Wellington based actor Nancy Brunning – all writers are welcome to participate in this free script workshopping platform – find out more at


1-9 JUNE Waiora: Te-u-kai-po (The Homeland) by Wāhine Works, Hannah Playhouse - Hone Kouka’s vivid depiction of Māori moving from their homelands to the cities of a different people.

5-9 JUNE Whare by Huhu Dance, BATS Theatre Propeller Stage - Movement gifted to us from birth.

5-9 JUNE Talofa Papa by The Co-Lab, BATS Theatre HayDey Dome - A journey with your grandparents at the comfort of your jandals!

6-9 JUNE La’u Gagana by Y | Not, BATS Theatre HeyDay Dome - New Zealand Samoan vs Samoan New Zealand . . . are they not the same?

6-9 JUNE Barrier Ninja, BATS Theatre Propeller Stage - A unique verbatim play about Hauora

11-16 JUNE Breaking Ground, multiple venues

12-16 JUNE He Kura e Huna Ana by Taki Rua Productions, BATS Theatre HayDay Dome - Me hoki whakamuri kia anga whakamua.

12-16 JUNE Deer Woman by ARTICLE 11 (Canada), BATS Theatre Propeller Stage - A work of righteous vengeance.

13-16 JUNE Beneath Skin and Bone by OiOi Productions, BATS Theatre Propeller Stage - Te Wiki sisters weave together stories of whānau and whakapapa. 

15 JUNE Tusks and Fevers by SaVAge K’lub, The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University - Part art, part body part, spoken words, moving image and conviviality.

More events to be announced 22 May -


We invite you to journey with us.  This is Kia Mau. In te reo Māori, kia mau is a call to hold fast.  Kia Mau is about us all. Here. Now. Join us.

The contemporary Indigenous theatre and dance experience, Kia Mau Festival returns to Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

In 2018, we are hosting Māori, Pasifika + First Nations artists and their companies, sharing work across the region from Porirua City to Wellington City to Lower Hutt City.

Now marking its fourth year, Kia Mau Festival is a creative celebration, helmed by Māori + Pasifika artists and built upon kaupapa Māori. Kia Mau Festival is an innovative experience for whānau, anau and communities throughout the Wellington region to engage with Tangata Whenua and First Nations artists from across te ao marama.

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