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He Pūranga | Past Projects

The Battalion 

19 - 21 October 2022

Ōtaki College and Whakatupuranga Rua Mano

The Battalion 2022 | Photo by Marke Coote Photography
The Battalion 2022 | Photo by Marke Coote Photography
The Battalion 2022 | Photo by Marke Coote Photography
The Battalion 2022 | Photo by Marke Coote Photography
The Battalion 2022 | Photo by Marke Coote Photography

Theatre Marae in schools

In 2022 Te Rākau worked with actors and students from Ōtaki, Porirua and Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai to present playwright Helen Pearse-Otene’s The Battalion.


The Battalion is a moving story about friendship, loyalty, madness and redemption – seen through the eyes of water veteran Paora Matene, and relayed to his wayward charges Rimini and George.

The Theatre Marae environment challenges students to develop skills in a variety of areas, including: lateral thinking, spatial awareness and coordination, text analysis, self awareness and presentation, resilience, time management, and inter-personal communication.


The outcome is a high quality school production and enriching experience for audience members, performers, and their families. Students may also achieve NCEA credits.

'It’s one of New Zealand’s finest theatre companies. The project is designed to bring the stories of the Māori Battalion to Ōtaki, performed by our young people.'



The Battalion was presented with these students as a Theatre Marae in-school production. You can find out more about hosting your own in-school production below, or find out more about a soon-to-be-released education resource.


PAORA MATENE: Tamati Moriarty

SUE LEWIS: Arihia Hayvice

RIMI DAVIES: Oriwa Jury, Mareikura Kāka

GEORGE DAVIES: Taleah Falamoe, Caitlin Henderson

ELENI POULLOI: Parearohi Edginton

JO BOY MATENE: Taurus Tumoana

ANARU KINGI: Te Ata Tu Patelesio


CHARLIE MURRAY: Zion Matagi-Kolio

MATHIAS SCHWARTZ: Zechariah Julius-Donnelly

WĀHINE CHORUS: Kayla Hayward, Steph Crewther, Jewel Te Wiki, Marea Winterburn

TĀNE CHORUS: Wiremu Bousaab, Dylan Fa'atui, Te Tira Hou Taka, Josiah Jenkins Kolio, Tyrone Taueki-Monaghan



Playwright: Helen Pearse-Otene

Director: Jim Moriarty

Choreographers: Kimberly Skipper, Jeremy Davis

Facilitators: Tamati Moriarty, Dylan Fa'atui, Ary Hayvice, Jewel Te Wiki, Cara Louise Waretini

Dance Coaches: Feet With Heat

Sound: Helen Pearse-Otene

Lighting: Lisa Maule

Stage Management: Dylan Fa'atui


Download the programme here


If you have stories, profiles, photos or interviews from this production, get in touch.

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