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AROHANUI THE GREATEST LOVE


Tapeta & Annette Wehi Directors Of Kapa Haka
Tanemahuta Gray Artistic Director
Jim Moriarty MNZM Tumuaki Toi Whakaari /Theatre Director
Helen Pearse-Otene Kaituhi, Kaiako Toi Whakaari /Writer, Acting Tutor

[1hr 50min]

at Opera House, Wellington
From 6 Oct 2011 to 8 Oct 2011

Dorothy Winstone Theatre, Auckland Girls Grammar School, Auckland
From 13 Oct 2011 to 21 Oct 2011



Reviewed by:  John SmytheGreer RobertsonJennifer Shennan (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times); Jack GrayJanet McAllister (New Zealand Herald); Tamati Patuwai;

Revenge is a festering sore that will kill us all Parekoi, remember that.

So begins a moonlit night of bargaining between the brave Chief Parekoi, and his sworn enemy Taramea, King of the Faerie People. Little does Parekoi know that he is about to enter into an agreement that will cost his own people dearly and hurt the ones he loves the most. How far would you go to save your family ...and who will remain to save you? 

A dramatic and compelling story of love, revenge and torn loyalties,
Arohanui – The Greatest Loveis the story of twins Kahu and Mira raised to avenge their father's death at the hands of mystical people called Patupaiarehe. But when Kahu falls in love with the Patupaiarehe princess he is forced to make the ultimate choice between his family and the love of his life.

Arohanui - The Greatest Loveis a new generation of Mori performance blending traditional haka, martial arts, theatre, poi and musical composition as well as contemporary Mori art forms into an energetic and emotional theatrical celebration.

From a concept by Annette Wehi (Te Waka Huia) it has been written by Helen Pearse-Otene and jointly directed by Annette Wehi, Tanemahuta Gray (Maui – One Man Against the Gods), and Jim Moriarty.

Performed by 30 of the best Kapa Haka exponents from around Aotearoa New Zealand,
 Arohanui promises to take you on an uplifting journey into Mori culture.

Created for the
 REAL New Zealand Festival that is on right around the country during Rugby World Cup 2011, Arohanui – The Greatest Love is proudly presented by Te Matatini Society Inc, host of the biennial National Mori Kapa Haka championships. Te Matatini's purpose is to nurture and develop Kapa Haka throughout Aotearoa and present the best of Mori performance to the world.

WELLINGTON
The Opera House
Performance
7.30pm Thurs 6 October
7.30pm Fri 7 October
1.00pm Sat 8 October (please note time change to previously advertised in some publications)
1.00pm Sun 9 October (please note time change to previously advertised in some publications)


AUCKLAND
Dorothy Winstone Theatre, Auckland Girls Grammar School  
7.30pm Thurs 13 October
7.30pm Fri 14 October
3pm Sat 15 October
3pm Sun 16 October
6pm Tues 18 October
6pm Wed 19 October
7.30pm Thurs 20 October
3pm Fri 21 October

Running time: 1 hour 50 mins

Tickets
$45.00*to $85.00*
*Service fees apply 
www.ticketek.co.nz  
0800 TICKETEK
0800842 538 



CAST

LEAD ROLES
Tomika Whiu – Chief Parekoi
Te Ara Vakaafi – Mira
Taumata Soloman – Kahu
Kurahapainga Te Ua – Kuratawhiti Patupaiarehe Princess
Kereama Te Ua – Taramea King Of The Faeries, Choreographer
Hiria Vaka – Manuhiwa
Dan Vaka – Te Huka
Tiria Te Kurapa – Katipo
Petiata Koria – Young Mira
Puriri Areke Te Hapua Koria – Young Kahu
Peata Waitai – Young Kuratawhiti (Understudy Young Mira)

ENSEMBLE AND UNDERSTUDYS
Fred Henare – Chief Parekoi
Te Kerera Haitana – Mira
Ngarino Watt – Kahu
Te Maiau Kahurangi Tutengaehe Houltham – Kuratawhiti
Rongomai Smith – Taramea
Annette Wehi – Manuhiwa
Dan Waitai – Te Huka
Erena Koopu – Katipo
Rikawerohia – Young Kahu
Te Maari Kaiwai-Wanikau – Young Kuratawhiti
Samantha Cotter, Ora Kihi, Hinemihiata Lardelli, Sonia Hereni Lewis, Rawinia Moeau, Ani Morris, Johnny Poi, Jeffrey Ruha, Awhina Teka, Christy Te Kurapa, Byron Toki Thompson, Waimarie Jojo Waaka, Hera Waitai, Tuirina Wehi  

CREATIVE PAE PAE
Tapeta & Annette Wehi – Directors Of Kapa Haka
Tanemahuta Gray – Artistic Director
Jim Moriarty Mnzm – Tumuaki Toi Whakaari/Theatre Director
Helen Pearse-Otene – Kaituhi, Kaiako Toi Whakaari/Writer, Acting Tutor

PRODUCTION
Tapeta Wehi – Kapa Haka Director
Tukiterangi Curtis – Mau Rakau Director
Renata Curtis – Mau Rakau Director
Busby Pearse-Otene – Kaiwhakatauira Poru/Sound Designer and Operator
Alan Scott – Kaiako Reo Whakaari/Voice Tutor
Apostolis Papazoglou – Set Designer
Ana Hau – Ngai Parehe Costume Design
Martyn Roberts – Lighting Designer
Jayde Marter – Music Producer
Sarah Adams – Stage & Production Manager
Abby Clearwater – Lighting Operator
Leisha Conrad – Costume Design
Andrew Gibson – Technical Manager
Nathan Mckendry – Assistant Stage Manager
Horomona Horo – Taonga Puoro
Ratu Gordon & Greg Peacocke – Audio Production

EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION AND MARKETING
Darrin Apanui – Executive Director, Te Matatini Society Inc
Te Matatini Society Inc Head Office:
Kiri Rikihana
Rongopai Stirling
Eru Biddle
Titia Graham  
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Sam Robinson – Marketing Director
Linda Morris – Public Relations
Hawi Te Aho – Photography And Film
Tiaki Terekia – Design
Cee Martin And Associates – Accountant