Te Rēhia Theatre, named in honour of the Atua of leisure and games was established in 2012 by Tainui Tukiwaho, Regan Taylor and Kayne Peters. The company is currently headed by experienced theatre practitioners Regan Taylor and Amber Curreen and based at Te Pou – The Auckland home of Māori Theatre, in New Lynn, Auckland, NZ.
We are passionate about showcasing Māori stories and storytellers to Aotearoa and the world. We are excited by interesting stories that can be told in innovative theatre. Some of the works we have developed and toured throughout NZ include “Te Awarua” (2011 – 2013) by Albert belz, “Hoki Mai Tama Mā” by Tainui Tukiwaho (2014), “SolOthello” (2015 & 2016) and the annual regional Tours of “Ruia Te Kākano”(2011 – 2016).
“The masks, masterfully crafted with aroha by maker Tristan Marler, are exquisite. The etched moko glimmer with detail under the stage light. The performers tongue flicks out from under the half mask. It’s as if the ancestors, carved on the beams of the wharenui, have jumped off and sprung into fresh and blood life.”
Theatre Scenes, July 2014
We’re also excited by our new whānau members – the Matarua (Masks) with which we have been developing Te Mata Kōkako o Rēhia; a new Māori performance mask form named for the masked face of the beautiful kōkako bird. This form is based on the physicality of haka as well as the natural, mythological and modern archtypes within te ao Māori.
Regan fell in love with the Commedia del Arte masks and their form while studying theatre and became so enthused by the masks that he asked himself the question; “What if these masks spoke te reo maori?” This initial idea then became “What if the walls of our Wharenui came to life and began to speak to us?” This became a reality when three masks were commissioned for Te Rehia Theatre’s “Hoki Mai Tama Ma” in the world first presentation of Te Mata Kōkako o Rēhia and continued through SolOTHELLO.
We are an independent theatre company and appreciate the support we receive for our projects from Creative New Zealand, Mā Te Reo and Auckland Regional Council.
Ngā mihi nui!
Te Whanau o Te Rēhia