Creative Mercury Bay Presents: Ka Tito Au

5 April 2019, Whitianga
Venue: Whitianga - MBAS & town hall

Tola Newberry will perform “Ka Tito Au; Kupe’s Heroic Journey” on two occasions on 5th April 2019.  Mercury Bay Area School students will attend a matinee and the play will be open to the public in the evening. The solo show, written by Apirana Taylor is a captivating and informative performance, commissioned by NZ Festival as part of A Waka Odyssey, the festival’s celebration of our shared voyaging past and Pacific future. 

Originally commissioned by NZ Festival 2018

Kupe, the great Pacific explorer and navigator, is the hero of this lively, lyrical solo show by treasured local poet and storyteller Apirana Taylor, performed by Tola Newbery.

Legend has it that Kupe discovered Aotearoa after pursuing Te Wheke-a-Muturangi, a giant octopus that was endangering his people’s fishing grounds in the Pacific. Be enchanted by the exhilarating tale of Kupe’s many exploits and celebrate with us our shared voyaging past and future. 


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