Join a touch tour before this performance of the retelling of the adventures of Kupe in Aotearoa

Friday 15 March
Māngere Arts Centre
Touch Tour 11.30am
Performance 12.30pm

Sunday 24 March
Waipapa Marae, Auckland CBD
Touch Tour 5.00pm
Performance 6.00pm

Tickets Free but registrations essential. Phone 09 374 0310 or click here to email us

Download Introductory Notes and Description of the show HERE Large print version HERE

This solo performance is performed in English and is mostly dialogue based so does not require audio description.

Be swept along by the voyage of Kupe, the great Pacific explorer and navigator, in this richly imagined solo show by writer and poet Apirana Taylor.

Ka Tito Au celebrates the long ago exploits of a man many believe was the first visitor to these shores. Tracing Kupe’s whakapapa and his connection to the islands and the ocean, his dramatic expedition on the waka Matahourua, and his climactic battle with the giant octopus Te Wheke-a-Muturangi, this thrilling odyssey, conceived as an epic poem by Taylor, spans myriad narratives ripe for rediscovery.

A charismatic and amiable orator, actor Tola Newbery makes every episode come to life. He infuses his extraordinary performance with creative modern flourishes and stirring waiata tawhito (traditional Māori songs). Mixing history, mythology and symbolism, Ka Tito Au is Kupe’s legend as you’ve never heard it before. A marvel of storytelling everyone should experience.

Recommended for ages 8+
Performed in English


Writer Apirana Taylor
PerformerTola Newbery
Director Murray Lynch


Originally commissioned by New Zealand Festival. Presented by arrangement with Playmarket

Dynamic storytelling… may it have the long life it deserves so many thousands more can enjoy it.

— Theatreview