Age 3-8yrs

Tim Bray Productions
New Zealand

By Witi Ihimaera. Adapted for the stage by Tim Bray.

Made famous by Niki Caro’s award-winning 2002 film, The Whale Rider tells the story of Kahu, a young Māori girl destined to become the leader of her tribe. No matter how hard she tries to show her worth, her grandfather won’t accept that a girl can take over his role as chief. However things change when Kahu rescues the ancient whale beached in the Whangara Harbour.

Based on the children’s picture book, this production of The Whale Rider uses puppets to tell Kahu’s story.

NZSL interpreter: This performance will have a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter, so is ideal for Deaf and hard of hearing audience members and their whānau. 

“It’s a beautiful and gently told tale…bearing the company’s trademark stamp of ingenuity.”

For schools

Dates: 13 – 17 March Junior week
Venue: Te Marae, Te Papa
Duration: 50 mins

Our full day School and Early Childhood Centre packages are now sold out! We’ve had a fantastic response and we’re delighted so many of you are excited about the Festival.

We still have limited one show options available; which means you can bring your group to the Festival for your favourite chosen event, rather than stay for the whole day.

For public

Date: Saturday 18 March, 2pm
Venue: Te Marae, Te Papa
Duration: 50 mins
Suggested Age
: 3+

FREE – no bookings required