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Matariki Glow Show

$12.50 mats OR $15.50 seats (children or adult)
45 minutes

Performance Times: 11am & 1pm daily (11am only on Friday 12 July). Please note the Tuesday 9 July 11am show and is SOLD OUT. 

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the show starting - we are unable to let late arrivals enter the show after it has started. This is to preserve the black-box environment for the glow in the dark puppets.

Wheelchair Access:To book a seat that is accessible for wheelchairs, please call our Box Office on 09 8450295.


Matariki Glow Show TAPAC

A giant scale puppet show for tamariki aged 3-10 with magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend.  This innovative, cutting edge new concept features glow-in-the-dark puppets under ultraviolet light in a black box theatre environment...

The show tells a delightful story of the Matariki stars as they prepare for Te Tau Hou (the Māori New Year) and the adventures of the smallest star, Waipuna-ā-Rangi. Rich in Te Reo Māori, it’s an upbeat show full of catchy music and dancing that has the audience buzzing.

 The production was created by, Sarah Burren in collaboration with composer/musical director, Midge Perez.  They have an impressive history of having worked on twenty children’s shows together. Sarah has been involved in the concept, design and production of over a hundred stage events both in New Zealand and internationally.

Recognising the significance of Matariki to many New Zealanders, they sought the guidance and approval of kaumatua Dr Haare Williams (amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create an authentic Matariki story that would ignite the spirit and pride of our tamariki.

The combined storytelling, voice, instrumental, dance and puppetry skills of choreographer and performers from cultural and ancestral backgrounds that span Ngāti Porou,  Ngāti Kahu  and the islands of Samoa bring this Matariki story to life and make it soar. They are graduate students and tutors from South Auckland’s MIT, and Otara Music Arts Centre.

In 2018, 12,000+ children saw the show on tour and loved it.  There’s even a patai (Q&A session) afterwards for our tamariki. This year we’re coming to TAPAC! We look forward to seeing you and sharing our Matariki story with you.  

Matariki Glow show TAPAC