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by Chris Molloy
Directed by Kiel McNaughton (2011) / Chris Molloy (2013)
presented by Indigenous Theatre Group (2011) / The Native Factory (2013)

[1 hr]

at Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland
From 23 Jun 2011 to 25 Jun 2011

The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 4 Mar 2013 to 7 Mar 2013

Globe Theatre, Dunedin
From 14 Mar 2013 to 15 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Paul Simei-Barton (New Zealand Herald); Lexie MathesonHeidi North-BaileyJonathan W. MarshallKimberley Buchan;

Māori playwright produces original theatre

Emerging Māori playwright Chris Molloy's first professional production, The Last Taniwha, will be on show from 23 to 25 June at the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku as part of Matariki Festival 2011.

Directed by Kiel McNaughton (Scotty, Shortland Street) and starring Rob Williams (Korero Mai) Ash Jones (The Warriors Way) Joe Folau (King Kong); The Last Taniwha tells the story of a night of adventure for two young boys that ends up in an appalling act of bloodshed. Twenty years later, when they meet again, it seems an ancient taniwha's curse is still very much alive in the town where they grew up.

Chris was compelled to write The Last Taniwha in reaction to a number of recent alarming cases of infant and child deaths at the hands of close family members. As a result, the play delivers a powerful social message.

Chris Molloy says, “Being from a small rural town, I experienced myself how normalised violence was. An ordinary, even joked about, way of life. In this play, I want to explore the reasons of why that is. Who or what is to blame?”

The play also conveys an unmistakeable atmosphere and sense of nostalgia for people and places in the Urewera rohe (region). 

Better known for his role as Scotty from Shortland Street, The Last Taniwha will be Kiel McNaughton's first full-length theatre production in the director's chair.

The Last Taniwha is also the first Māori play to be staged at the Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku since it opened in September last year.

The Last Taniwha is proudly presented by Indigenous Theatre Group with the support of Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku and Toi o Manukau.

Event information:

Time and dates:  7.30pm
Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2011
Ticket prices:  $20 waged
$15 unwaged

$12.50 groups 10+

Schools matinee:
Time and date:  12.30pm, Fri 24 June
Tickets:  $7.50 
Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
Cnr Bader Drive and Orly Avenue
, Mangere, Auckland
Ph 262 5789

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

4th - 7th March 2013, 5:30pm
Duration: 60 Minutes
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: Adult $20, Conc $15, Group $12.50
Bookings: iTicket -  or 09 361 1000  


Globe Theatre
March 14, 15, 16, 17;
7:00pm (14-17), 2:00pm (17)

Dunedin Fringe 2013

Te Kohe Tuhaka / Koro 
Rob Williams / Moko 
Chris Molloy / Guts 
Mohi Critchley / Mouse and Buster