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This page will continue to develop as we collect and archive online resources. Feel free to click on the following links to access stories, interviews, news, and commentary regarding the mahi and kaupapa of Te Rākau Trust…


Dog & Bone at Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre – Jan 2016

D&B2016tepapa_AnetaPond_3902“There is great eloquence in Pearse-Otene’s often poetic script yet it plays easily and authentically. She is a consummate dramatist whose work is, I believe, destined for classical status.” -John Smythe for Theatreview 

“There are two sides to every story, and Maori actor and thespian Jim Moriarty wants to revisit the idea of “goodies and baddies” in our colonial history.” Sarah Catherall for The Dominion Post

“Current St. Bernard’s students John Ulu Va’a and Zechariah Julius-Donnelly said Te Rākau offered ways for young people to experience paid work in the theatre industry. “ Hutt News

“I’ve never worked in a cast this big. The kind of theatre I’ve been doing – six is a big cast.  To control 27 people in this cast requires mana, which Jim has.” Jamie McCaskill video interview Facebook post 20 January 2016 

“A summer internship with Te Rākau, New Zealand’s longest-running Māori Community Theatre and Education Company, is giving Bachelor of Communication student Lily Ng a fresh perspective on her future.” Massey News

“Dog & Bone points to a pivotal moment in our country’s race relations history – when media was first used to paint Māori as inferior and dangerous and therefore unworthy of their lands. It tells a story of the real people who were making, living with, disseminating, fighting, accepting and benefitting from these ideas.” Māori TV


“It was an honour and a privilege to be in the audience for the opening night of ‘Dog and Bone’ We really appreciated the opportunity to be there – the whole experience was deeply moving, and so great to see the rangatahi you are supporting coming into their own telling such an important story. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa – we are proud to be able to support your mahi.”  The Todd Foundation

“Thank you! To see a show about the people of Aotearoa being performed in the house of our treasures Te Papa was symbolic and meaningful. It was fantastic to see theatre that was both educational and enjoyable being performed by people of all ages with such passion and understanding of our rich history.
Thank you once again and I look forward to seeing the Undertow in January 2017!”

“We checked out Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust‘s DOG & BONE opening at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa last night. Part of The Undertow series, it’s awesome to have such a large-scale community work telling New Zealand stories.”

“A clever and courageous performing arts piece was delivered tonight. Need more theatre like this. Clever, educational, meaningful and historical. Fa’afetai Lava. Big fans of your work!!!”

“That was fantastic again! Thank you. I am very much looking forward to next year’s performance.”

The Ragged at Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre – Jan 2015

The-Ragged-2015-01 (Photo: Aneta Ruth)

“As well as being the start of an important project, The Ragged is a richly textured, insightful, humorous, sobering and energising gift to Wellington and Aotearoa /New Zealand. Not to be missed.” John Smythe for Theatreview

“To have read or heard about our local history is one thing, but to see it portrayed in the way Te Rakau Theatre does is special and unique and not to be missed.”  The Dominion Post

“a compelling story, told by an enthusiastic cast, and an important history lesson. One can only look forward to the next instalments of the UnderTOW as they arrive over the next few years.” Jarred Baker for Word on the Street


“I was deeply moved by “The Ragged”, and the exchange with the public that took place afterwards – the words, the songs and haka that followed, I must say, have put tears in my eyes.

My name is David Fauquemberg, I just arrived from France as a writer-in-residence at the Randell Cottage, in Thorndon. The emotions you shared with us the other night are exactly what I had in mind when I first applied for that residency. I wish I could write a novel that carries all this.

I really wanted to thank you for the generosity of your work, and to congratulate you for the extreme quality of both the play and its dramatization.”

“I was deeply moved by your performance of The Ragged… I felt transformed by the experience, and was inspired by the production design, choreography and ensemble.”

The Battalion – Pūtahi Festival 2014

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The Battalion at Te Papa, June 2014 (Photo: Mike O’Neill)

“There is something poignantly moving about watching kids of diverse cultures acting out roles that their grandparents, great-grandparents or in this case, given how young they are, great great grandparents lived for real. At one stage my hair is prickling at the back of my neck and I feel tears welling… There are layers to the work done by Te Rakau that encompasses tikanga Māori effortlessly and I applaud them for doing so.” Maraea Rakuraku for Theatreview


“The experience sparked my interest in theatre as a social tool to foster community development and change…I feel like I relate so closely to your theatre as a New Zealander of full Lebanese descent, and am deeply vested in the story of the migrant. Mabrouk!”


The Warrior     ALEXANDER BISLEY talks to Jim Moriarty about saying no to Jake Heke,  Wellington’s inaugural Pūtahi Festival 2014 and Battalion, whanaungatanga versus The Lifestyle, and how theatre, te reo Māori, and the Treaty can empower all New Zealanders.  More…

Close to Home    JIM MORIARTY, the Wellington actor remembered for his part in television soap Close to Home in the 70s and 80s – for those too young to remember, Shortland Street is its modern equivalent – is not just writing plays. He set up the Te Rakau Trust 21 years ago. It’s a residential programme that uses drama, togetherness, and stability to educate boys – aged 13 to 17 – to stop them going to jail. More…

Māori Theatre    MAORI THEATRE as a tool for change continues to fuel the long-held, powerhouse vision and work of Jim Moriarty, Artistic Director of Te Rakau Hua o Te Wao Tapu Trust. Moana Tipa, Prison Art Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa is invited to visit. More…

Theatre Can Empower    RISE talks to Jim Moriarty about domestic violence, whanaungatanga and how theatre can empower the New Zealand community.  More…

Flax-roots     JIM MORIARTY’S theatrical work is at the forefront of ‘flax-roots’ political theatre in New Zealand. It is described as “the true political theatre of the country” by critic Allan Scott of the Christchurch Press. More…

Bicultural Theatre For Healing     THEATRE MARAE is a process that brings audience members and performers together to experience a bicultural theatre of healing. Drama educationalist Susan Battye explores further.   More…