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 with a trust deed inherited from the Māori Theatre Trust. It is led by Jim Moriarty and Helen Pearse-Otene who use the unique Te Rākau Theatre Marae model to create theatre productions, run workshops and build capacity and health within groups and the communities they sit within.

Te Rākau has a track record of presenting high quality and socially relevant bi-cultural theatre.


The Theatre Marae programmes are a fusion of therapeutic models, ngā mahi a Rēhia, and political theatre, delivered in kaupapa Māori environment. 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.

A registered Charitable Trust and level 3 Ministry of Youth Development service provider, we work in schools, prisons, Marae, rural communities, and youth justice residencies across Aotearoa, using Theatre Marae as a tool for change. 



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Te Rākau is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington, Aotearoa

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