Originally premiered in 1990 by Jim Moriarty’s company Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu, Ngā Puke is as vibrant and relevant today as it was 29 years ago.
Set against the backdrop of the second world war, Ngā Puke is a unique chance for students to experience a revival of John Broughton's (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu) classic tale of love and war.
Waru, a young Māori farmer, and Angie, a budding Pakeha artist, accidentally meet on the lush hillside of Ngā Puke in Hawke’s Bay. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, they have an immediate connection and a beautiful friendship develops.
As war breaks out, Waru joins the Māori Battalion and Angie becomes a nurse. When their paths cross again on Crete, much has changed. Will the two make it through the horrors of war and back to the beautiful pastures of Pōrangahau?
Waitī Productions is a wahine-led theatre, television and film company that uplifts and empowers the Māori voice.
'Hilariously funny, engrossing and heart-achingly touching' - Theatreview