The Ragged – Opening tomorrow!



“No matter. I am here. Safe and well at the ends of the Earth. Far away from England’s thumb. A man does not need a paper to start anew. A man needs only a strong will and good land to break to it. And if you are right, savage boy, and this land is unclaimed territory then I shall take it – by Right of Discovery.”

Or so the newly arrived settler Samuel Kenning thinks. Too bad for him that there are people already living in Ōwhiro Bay,  the newly baptised Chief Te Waipōuri and his people who have no intention of leaving the land. Then there is his grumpy daughter in law, and the ambitious missionary who refuses to help free the lonely Pākehā slave – why?

The Ragged follows the struggles of ordinary people desperate for a better life in Port Nicholson (Wellington) in 1840. It is the first instalment in our longterm project called the UnderTOW – a series of plays that tells the story of our country’s dynamic history – the story of us.

Venue: St Orans College, 550 High Street, Lower Hutt.                                                 Dates: 22nd July – 26th July                                                                                           Times: 6.30pm                                                                                                                  Prices: Adults $20/Students $15/ Children $7.50                                                         Bookings: Tickets through or Lower Hutt I-Site (A service fee may apply) – Door sales available

Matinee performances 22nd – 25th July at 1pm. Seats are limited so bookings are essential. Contact us at or call Jim Moriarty on 027 443 9250 for Matinee bookings.

The Ragged


The savages are coming to a theatre near you – if you live in the Hutt Valley, that is….

In partnership with St Bernards and St Orans Colleges, Te Rākau is proud to present The Ragged, at St Orans College, from 22nd-26th July 2014. Set in 1840, The Ragged follows the experiences of both Māori and Pākehā as they struggle to survive in 1840s New Zealand, and make sense of their relationship that has been newly forged by Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Ragged was first performed in 2010, and is the first play from our underTOW series. This is a short season, so get your tickets quick from, and let the wonderfully keen and talented young cast take you on a journey about the birth of our capital city….