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Waitangi day performance at Te Ana Rock-Art Centre 2017.


TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS


Toro Pikopiko Sting
Jeffrey Addison
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 Aotearoa Kinesthetic Education & Entertainment
Jeffrey Addison and Whaitaima Te Whare  are the founders of  Aotearoa Kinesthetic Education and Entertainment.  We specialise in te Ao Mãori story-telling with a range of puppets including kare-tao puppets, and our latest invention FLATSO Puppets
We have been performing together since 1995, when we set up Toro Pikopiko Puppet Theatre. We have been developing and teaching Numba Haka  bi- lingually, nationally and internationally since 2002.  We also teach  Mãori language pronunciation courses using letter head puppets, animated by the participants. 


A 20 sec animated promo of our Rock-Art puppets.
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AKEE TV_Opihi Taniwha Promo #3
Stop Start Animation at home in Waitahanui Tauponui.


                                          

TE RERENGA - THE FLIGHT 2017 ! 

ROCK-ART GETS ROCKING!

TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS present the world’s first                      Māori Rock-Art Puppet Production.

With 2016 research and development funding from Creative NZ, TE RERENGA -THE FLIGHT -  is a result of a collaboration with the Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre in Timaru, where the show premiered on Waitangi Day, 2017.  Our shared aim is to increase the appreciation and awareness of indigenous Rock-Art among our nation’s children, so that they may value and help protect these vulnerable national treasures in the future. A comprehensive nation-wide tour with this rock-art puppet show, organised on a region-by-region basis, is a pathway towards achieving this aim.

Bookings for your very own show of TE RERENGA - THE FLIGHT are now being taken, with priority given to those that book early.

Contact: whaitaima@akee.co.nz  or phone 021 241 4541


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AKEE TV - Mighty Maui Maori Music Video
Toro Pikopiko Puppetry create innovative Puppet shows using side-ways centric puppets. Finalist in what-now-best-children's-music-video- award-2016. Musical Mighty Maui is one of two versions based on...













Action Learning Puppetry
Check out new original puppet characters featured in our musical puppet show called "TE RERENGA-THE FLIGHT" that premiered at Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre, Waitangi Day 2017.

THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is an acoustic rock musical, featuring 100 fabulous ‘Flatso’ puppets inspired from ancient cave drawings made on Limestone cliffs and caves around the Timaru district. The show re-tells a Ngai Tahu legend about Pourangahua and her epic flight to Aotearoa in search of her own kind. 
Pourangahua flies from cave to cave, meeting a host of colourful characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa, Pouakai Eagles, Human Bird Hunters and their Dogs –  intent on making Pourangahua their next meal.  



















TE RERENGA - THE FLIGHT – is a 1 hour show, with 8 catchy original songs written especially for years 1 – 8 primary school children.   This immersive production takes its audience back in time hundreds of  years where they help animate a multitude  of rock art puppets who meet up with Pou, while she is seeking her whanau. Children interactively learn about our cultural heritage by taking part in this historic awakening of prehistoric rock art figures that have previously been fixed images on cliff walls and cave ceilings.  

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