Pīpī Paopao

Metro Māori Productions LTD


06 Jul 2023


Adult: $20, Child: $15, Whānau: $60 (2 adults & 2 Children)


Lawson Field Theatre
Lawson Field Theatre

Ka tangi te Tītī, ka tangi te Kākā, ka tangi hoki ko ēnei Pīpī Paopao! Tihei māuri ora! 

Pīpī Paopao is a performance for tamariki aged three to five years old – and their adults – which adopts the unique characteristics of our Manu Rangatira (noble birdlife) through waiata and play. 

Pīpī Paopao continues the Māori traditions of using proverbs and metaphors of the natural world to teach and prepare our own little hatchlings; so they too may flourish and fly into a world of their own. 

So whether you’re fluent in Te Reo Māori or your journey is only beginning, come and explore the beauty of a language that echoes the sounds of Te Taiao (nature). 

The Tītī chatters, the Kākā cackles, and the Kererū coos – which Manu are you? 





Credits and Acknowledgements

Creator/ Performer: Rutene Spooner

Musical Director: Bray Jeffery

Dramaturge/Director: Miriama McDowell

Production Partner: Pilot Productions Ltd

Costumes: Te Ura Hoskins

Mātanga Reo: Ani Piki Tuari

Workshop Design Consultant: Owen McCarthy

Wokshop Producer: Awhimai Fraser

Artwork: Ariki Arts

Photography: LK Creative


Ngā Mihimihi  

Gabriel Vincent, Kate McGill, Matariki Whatarau, Evoke Audio, Celeste De Freitas, Tim Carlson, Maka Pōhatu, Tuakoi Ohia, James Tito 


Made with the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa’ 


Image credit: Artwork: Ariki Arts, Photography: LK Creative

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