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He Pūranga | Past Projects

The Swing 

October 2021

Massey University Theatre Lab
First Development Season

Characters Rewa and Kat | The Swing 2021 Photo by Aneta Pond
Kāhui | The Swing 2021 Photos by Aneta Pond
Character Kat |  The Swing 2021 Photo by Aneta Pond
Characters Luke, Rewa and Jen | The Swing 2021 Photos by Aneta Pond
Hinenuitepō and Tanemāhuta | The Swing 2021 Photo by Aneta Pond

Development season

The Swing seeks to unravel the shame and hurt that clouds and distorts the subjects of ngau whiore (sexual abuse) and whakamomori (suicide).

As part of a kaupapa Māori community research project hosted by Massey University and Kōkiri Marae,​ Te Rākau worked with a group of men, women and whānau members who were sexually harmed by family members, in response-based practices, to explore ways of moving forward.

Te Rākau worked with original participants and additional communities to bring this work to the rehearsal room floor as a play, as a community based rangahau project, and as a professional development experience.

The Swing was developed over two seasons in 2020 and 2021, both performed at Massey University's Theatre Lab.


Read more about The Swing and how you can be involved below. 


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