Showing May 18-20 at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre
On Guy Fawkes Day 1881…
1,600 soldiers and volunteers marched on a flourishing, peaceful village that had become a haven for dispossessed Māori. Led by Native Affairs Minister John Bryce, an overwhelming use of force was considered necessary to solve ‘The West Coast Problem’. But instead of the expected bloodbath, some very different actions ensued. Actions that revealed the heart of a very special Māori community. Actions that reverberated across the world and down through history’s pages. Actions that speak hope amidst the wounds of racial division and suffering in today’s world.
1880’s New Zealand comes to life
… with engaging characters, climactic events and an evocative set. The Way of the Raukura follows the fortunes of two historical characters (Samuel Crombie Brown and Wiremu Hiroki) who come to Parihaka just prior to the invasion. What happens when a wanted criminal seeks refuge in a pacifist village? What happens when a news reporter breaks a government media ban? And what happens when an army of 1,600 marches on Parihaka?
Writing & Direction: a journey of partnership, participation & protection
Co-written & co-directed by Sarah Tahere (ko ngati raukawa me ngati toa Rangatira oku iwi) and Steve Worsley (nō Taranaki ahau)