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HBAF 2022 - Thoroughly Modern Māui


  • Sun 16 Oct 2022, 7:30pm–8:30pm




Many moons ago, a superhero of a different kind ruled this side of the Pacific. His name was Māui-Tikitiki-A-Taranga – MĀUI. Forget Thor - Aotearoa has its own superhero, and he doesn't even need the Taika treatment!

A modern retelling of the legend of Māui, written and performed by music theatre star Rutene Spooner with a four-piece band, this cabaret extravaganza mines the myth to explore the challenges facing modern Māori in Aotearoa - complete with rhinestones and glitter. The show was an instant hit when it premiered at the 2021 Auckland Live Cabaret Season – don't miss out on your seat when it comes to Hawkes Bay!

Developed in partnership with Auckland Live.

Director - Matariki Whatarau
Dramaturge - Kate Prior & Renee Lyons
Writer/Performer - Rutene Spooner
Music - Te Aihe Butler & Rutene Spooner
Band - Bray Jefferey, Timothy Shacklock, Rhoshill Kishore, Māia Huia
Costume - Tina Thomas
Executive Producer - Metro Māori Productions Ltd
Production Partner - Pilot Productions

"A highly talented and hilarious performer... the whanaungatanga between Spooner and his band radiates authenticity and joy" - Theatrescenes

"Audiences will have the pleasure of learning and laughing while being exposed to a personal insight into the life of this highly talented and hilarious performer." - Theatrescenes

"The content and witty presentation of each original waiata is what makes this performance so memorable and unique" - Theatrescenes

Proudly Supported by Hastings District Council and Creative NZ

[Age: 16+ Duration: 60 mins Note: Theatrical Haze Effects]

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