“Tenei te mihi kia kautau mo to kautau whakaari i tera wiki notemea i tino puta mai taku kaha ki te katakata.” Tauira (Student)

Ruia Te Kākano is Te Rēhia Theatre Company’s flagship series of innovative te reo Māori theatre for rangatahi. Touring annually since 2012, Ruia Te Kākano takes te reo Māori to theatres, communities, Kura Kaupapa and English medium schools throughout Te Ika ā Maui.

Our next show is in development with the support of Creative New Zealand and is a collaboration with Te Kawerau-ā-Maki, taking the stories of the ngāhere around Aotearoa. Touring is planned for late 2019.

This series was first developed in response to the limited amount of te reo Māori instruction in our kura auraki (English Medium) schools and Statistics NZ findings (2012) that 80% of Māori tamariki were in these “mainstream” schools. We also wanted to introduce all tamariki to te reo Māori used in a playful context.

We developed the format based on Theatre in Education models for second language acqusition in South America and set to work making a high energy and engaging show format that would both educate and entertain. All Ruia Te Kākano Series feature a te reo Māori speaking hero or heroine, a villain and a cheeky rollick in te ao Māori.  We use giant flash cards to teach at least 7 new kupu or commands that the audience must use to engage with our hero thus allowing many children to use te reo Māori in ways they never have before endowing te reo Māori with the power to create and shape a reality.

We create and tour two versions of the show, one Rumaki Reo (100% Te Reo Māori) and a version for English medium schools where all characters speak te reo Māori and the narrator translates and drives the story along.

Ruia Te Kākano:
2017 Te Hokinga mai o Hoiho
2016 Te Haerenga o Hoiho
2015 Hokia ki Ngā Maunga
2012-2014  Ka Hao Te Rangatahi

We have presented at hundreds of kura throughout the country, marae and theatres such as Auckland Live, The Herald Theatre, Te Pou Theatre, Centrepoint Theatre, hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Auckland Matariki Festival and more.

What do people say about Ruia Te Kākano?

“an energetic and playful production that introduces children to Te Reo in an interactive story format reminiscent of Dora the Explorer” Theatreview 2016

“It’s a bit of a cliché to say that a show has everything but Hokia Ki NgāMaunga (Return to the Mountain) is about as close as you’ll get to that ideal. This charming tale is pitch-perfect for the four to ten year old age range it’s been created for – and for the adults who tag along with the tamariki and mokopuna to share in the pleasure.” Theatreview 2015

“What makes this play so special is that it is bilingual and interactive, encouraging the audience to propel the action onstage with their words…. Very much recommended for all ages.” Theatreview 2012

“They were great for our Maori culture.”
“We liked how the production was interactive, we were part of it.”
“Loved the Te Reo Maori!”
“It was really funny, I laughed a lot”
Tenei te mihi kia koutou mo te ‘hakaari pai i tera wiki. Tino harikoa matou katoa ki te matakitaki.”
“Tenei te mihi kia kautau mo to kautau whakaari i tera wiki notemea i tino puta mai taku kaha ki te katakata.” 

“It is very very rare that we can give our tamariki the opportunity to view a theatre performance 100% in te reo Maori so thank you very much for bringing your roopu to our kura and giving our tamariki that opportunity.  We would love to have you visit us again in the future. Nga mihi maioha, nga mihi aroha, nga mihi nunui ki a koutou katoa.”
Whangamarino School

“Another awesome show had by us at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Taumarere, thank you very much, as usual, your company are outstanding.”
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Taumarere