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He Pūranga | Past Projects

The Swing 

22 - 24 July 2022

te whaea, toi whakaari

The cast of The Swing | The Swing 2022 Photo by Lily Ng
The cast and crew of The Swing | The Swing 2022 Photo by Marama Davidson
Ministerial Advisory Group and the cast of The Swing | The Swing 2022 Photo by Lily Ng

Theatre Marae production

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.

In 2022, the resulting play was presented at Te Whaea - National Centre for Dance and Drama in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Attendees including kaimahi from Ngāti Toa health and social service providers, Oranga Tamariki, the Office of the Children's Commission, counsellors associations, friends and whānau.


The Minister for Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence and Te Pūkotahitanga -
Tangata Whenua Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) attended and provided their feedback.

'This raw Theatre performance tells the story of the intergenerational trauma of sexual abuse, and the hurt and shame that unravels people’s lives, families and whole communities. It was beautiful, painful and necessary storytelling.'

- marama davidson mp



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

cast and crew

Download the programme below to see more about the cast and crew. 


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