“Nōku Te Reo, Nōku Te Ao” Kōhanga reo Expo 2017, is proud to present in conjunction with Te Whare Kura o Rakaumanga “Return to the River”. A theatrical, contemporary interpretation of the life of Princess Te Puea Herangi and her efforts to re-establish the Kingitana politically and to improve the state of the Tainui people.

“Return to the River” is a reflection of the journey of Kōhanga Reo identifying the revitalisation of te reo, with a cast of 42 and a crew of 20 mokopuna who have been raised in Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.

The encore showing of this production is a signature event that embodies the journey of 35years of Kōhanga Reo and celebrates the efforts of those who pioneered māori independence.

 ‘Māku anō e hanga tōku nei whare. Ko te tāhuhu he hīnau ko ngā poupou he māhoe, patatē. Me whakatupu ki te hua o te rengarenga, me whakapakari ki te hua o te kawariki.

‘I myself shall build my house. The ridge-pole will be of hīnau and the supporting posts of māhoe and patatē. Raise the people with the fruit of the rengarenga, strengthened them with the fruits of the kawariki.’  Nā Kīngi Tāwhiao

When: Friday 24 November

Venue: Te Papanui Claudelands Showgrounds Hamilton

Exhibit Hall B

Time: Doors Open 6:30pm

Parking through Gate 3