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He Pūranga | Past Projects


13 - 14 December 2023

te Ahumairangi Studios,
Massey University

Performer, Unreel - Stephen A'Court, 2023
Hīnaki Hotel Management in Unreel, Stephen A'Court 2023
Tamati Moriarty as Ol' Scratch in Unreel, Stephen A'Court 2023
Cherry and the Bells , Unreel_Stephen A'Court 2023
Jim and Helen Moriarty, Stephen A'Court 2023
Performers recording music for Unreel, Stephen A'Court 2023

Theatre Marae production

Taking place in the colourful Hīnaki Hotel gaming lounge, Unreel reveals the legacy of gambling harm and how it impacts the wider community – from gaming venues and corporations, through to the families affected by addiction.

Commissioned by Ora Toa Health Services (Te Runanga o Ngāti Toa Rangatira), Unreel is the result of a collaborative project facilitated by Te Rākau Hua o Te Wao Tapu.

Working alongside community members, the creative research centred on the negative impacts of electronic gaming (pokies) on people. 

It is our collective hope that the vibrance and musicality of Unreel not only entertains but also provokes thought and stimulates kōrero about the social cost of gambling.

Development season

Unreel was filmed by Isaac Te Reina as part of a digital theatre project and presented to an audience of invited guests at Massey University's Ahumairangi Studios in late 2023.

The digital theatre production and live play will premiere publicly in 2024. Subscribe to our pānui to be notified when more information is available.

'no matter how much ‘larger than life’ characterisations are, they need to be rooted in reality.'

-John Smythe for theatreview


Read more about Unreel and how you can be involved below. 

cast and crew
More information about the cast and crew will be available soon. 


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