A B O U T U S
As a Kaupapa Māori organisation, Te Rākau is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Treaty’s principles of protection, participation and partnership.
Aotearoa’s longest surviving independent Māori Theatre company, Te Rākau was established in 1989 by Jim Moriarty and Jerry Banse and has a proven track record of presenting high quality and socially relevant bi-cultural theatre. A registered Charitable Trust and level 3 Ministry of Youth Development service provider, Te Rākau works in schools, prisons, Marae, rural communities, and youth justice residencies across Aotearoa, using Maori theatre as a tool for change.
Through its Theatre Marae programme Te Rākau communicates and collaborates with communities to create and present high quality and socially significant theatre works which resonate culturally, therapeutically, and artistically for audience members and participants alike.
The name Te Rākau Hua o te Wao Tapu nui a Tāne was gifted by Ngāti Toa-Raukawa kuia, Harata Horomona, and means “The blossoming fruit tree of our sacred grove.” This refers to the performing arts as an organic base in which artistic and social justice outcomes may be nurtured and allowed to flourish.
P R O J E C T S
C O N T A C T
PO BOX 19112
Aotearoa New Zealand