The Haka Party Incident

by Katie Wolfe


04 - 05 Jul 2023


7:30 pm


Adult: $35, Concession: $31.50, Student: $31.50 (Tertiary), Child: $15 (13-18)


Gisborne War Memorial Theatre

The last New Zealand war took place in Auckland in 1979. It lasted three minutes. 

The Haka Party Incident resurrects the eventful day when a group of University of Auckland engineering students rehearsing their annual tradition of a mock haka are confronted by the activist group, He Taua. 

The incident sent ripples through the nation and changed race relations in New Zealand forever. 

Crafted by film-maker and theatre director Katie Wolfe (The Mooncake and the Kumara, Waru, He Māngai Wāhine, Artefact), The Haka Party Incident is verbatim theatre that innovatively combines documentary and kapa haka to thrilling effect. 

Provocative, resonant and unforgettable, The Haka Party Incident is a not-to-be-missed theatre event 




5th July |  6pm |  Touch Tour

5th July  | 7:30pm |  Audio Described Performance

Throughout their tour of Aotearoa The Haka Party Incident is offering a touch tour and audio described performance for the low vision community.

The touch tour gives patrons the opportunity to walk through the set, touch props, feel costumes and familiarise themselves with visual and sensory materials in the performance. The audio described performance provides live audio commentary from our friends at Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd who will describe the actions on stage.

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival and PANNZ are pleased to offer free companion seating for accessible patrons attending this performance.

To book a place on the Touch Tour and Audio Described Performance email: or call 06 867 4792



The Haka Party Incident includes some bad language, portrays institutional racism and cultural appropriation and historical examples of how haka and Te Reo Māori were incorrectly used and performed in the past


Creative Team  

Writer & Director – Katie Wolfe 

Kaiako Kapa Haka/ Kaitito Haka – Nīkau Balme  

Sound Design & Musical Direction – Kingsley Spargo  

Taonga Pūoro – Whetu Silver 

Set Design – John Verryt 

Lighting Design – Jo Kilgour 

Costume Design –  Alison Reid

Perfomers – Roimata Fox, Nī Dekkers-Reihana, Lauren Gibson, Richard Te Are, Patrick Tafa, Aidan O’Malley, Jarred Blakiston 

Presented by Te Tairāwhiti Arts festival & PANNZ



The Haka Party Incident  is supported by Creative New Zealand. Originally commissioned and produced by Auckland Theatre Company, original season co-presented by Auckland Festival. By arrangement with Playmarket



Image credit: Sacha Stejko Norm Heke

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