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Duration: 28 June - 12 July 2014

Written by: Nancy Brunning
Directed by: Nancy Brunning


Sometimes back is the only way forward

Te Kākano Season – Matariki 2014

Co-produced by Hapai Productions and Auckland Arts Festival

“…our kids will want to know who they are. Not because it’s the ‘marry’ thing to do, but because it’s human nature to want connection. They’ll ask you questions, and if you can’t answer them they’ll look elsewhere for the answers.”

1970s, New Zealand.

John Rowles’ single ‘Cheryl Moana Marie’ hits number 1; Māori rugby players visit South Africa as ‘honorary whites’; Anti Vietnam War protesters greet US Vice-President; Protest group Ngā Tamatoa descend on Waitangi Day; Whina Cooper; Bastion Point…

Nellie and Charlie meet, fall in love and have five children together. But they have very different ideas how to protect their children, and what they are protecting them from.


Peking Man’s ‘Room That Echoes’; Rogernomics; Queen Elizabeth egged at Ellerslie Race Course; “The Treaty is a fraud” campaign; Footrot Flats the movie; Waitangi Tribunal alleges the Crown has failed to protect te reo; David Lange,…

Now teenagers and armed with a suitcase, a packet of cigarettes and a bottle of Coruba, Nellie and Charlie’s children take to the road to fight for their family.

Nancy Brunning’s award winning debut play Hīkoifollows two generations dealing with a radically changing world and their way of saying something about it.


  • Written and Directed by Nancy Brunning (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tūhoe)

    Starring Jarod Rawiri (Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Hine); Miria George (Te Arawa; Ngāti Awa; Arorangi; Rarotonga & Areora, Atiu, Kuki Arani); Gavin Rutherford; Aroha White (Ngā Puhi); Kali Kopae (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Awa); Ngakopa Volkerling (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Taranaki); Tola Newbery (Ngāi Tūhoe); and Hine Parata-Walker (Ngāti Porou, Kai Tahu).
    Producer: Tanea Heke (Ngā Puhi Nui Tonu)
    Production Manager: Emily Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa)
    Sound Design: Mara TK (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Maniapoto)
    Lighting Design: Jane Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa)
    Set Design: 12:01 Design House – Jaimee Warda and Wai Mihinui (Ngāti Raukawa)
    Kowhaiwhai design: James Rickard (Tainui, Ngāti Porou)
    Costume Design: Amy Macaskill (Kai Tahu)
    Publicity: Aneta Ruth (Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi)
    Education Liason: Pania Jane (Ngāti Porou)

  • 28 June − 12 July

    Tuesday and Wednesday 6.30pm

    Thursday to Saturday 8pm

    Sunday 4pm

  • Adults $46

    Concessions $38

    Friends of Circa $33

    Groups 6+ $39 20+ $36

    Under 25s $25

  • Sunday, 6 July
    Touch Tour: 3pm
    Performance time: 4pm

    There will be an audio described performance ofHīkoi on Sunday, 6 July. (Audio Description is the process of describing the non-verbal action on stage during breaks in dialogue, into headsets worn by blind and low vision audience members.)

    Circa would like to offer adult members and guests of the Association of Blind Citizens and the Blind Foundation, the Concession ticket price of $38(the regular Adult ticket price is $46). There are further discounts available for group bookings of 20 or more; if interested, please enquire at the Box Office at the time of booking.

    (Please note, group prices are only available when tickets are booked and paid for altogether.)

    To book tickets:

    Call the Circa Box Office at 801-7992 or visit in person at 1 Taranaki Street. Please indicate at the time of booking if you:

    1. are a member or guest of the ABC or RNZFB;
    2. will require a headset; and/or
    3. have seating requirements.

    (We have placed a group of seats on hold for the use of blind and low vision audience members – these seats will be allocated at the time of booking.)

    This performance is open to the general public.

  • During the season of Hīkoi for only $40 – $10 off the usual annual membership fee!*

    Friends of Circa get some great benefits, including discounted tickets to every production, a monthly newsletter, and invites to exclusive events.

    For more information or to join, call the Circa Box Office on 801-7992.

    *For new Friends of Circa only.