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Toro Pikopiko Puppets at The Pumphouse Theatre, Auckland

Parents and their children frolic with delight puppeteering in Te Rereka - The Flight puppet show at the Pumphouse Theatre, Auckland. Thank you everyone for making our puppet season so special.

Musical Audio book now in Production for Ministry of Education

CLIENT MEDIA RELEASE                                                                          01/07/2018
ROCKING ROCK-ART                                                    TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT
  • Musical Audio book now in Production for Ministry of Education

  • CCS sponsored tours of Rock-art Puppet Show and Rock-art Puppetry Workshops throughout 2018, 2019. 

Our puppet show TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT is into its second year of national touring. TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS are busier than ever, performing this acclaimed rock-art inspired musical, in conjunction with holding children’s rock-art puppetry workshops. With R & D funding from Creative NZ, this show has gained funding support from more than 30 Creative Community Schemes throughout the country, allowing us to offer heavily subsidised shows and workshops to the majority of our primary and intermediate-aged audiences throughout 2018 and 2019.
The live show has now been adapted into a six-chapter musical audio book, funded by the Ministry of Education. Eight original waiata are being recorded in a Taupo studio, with voice actor rehearsals also currently taking place.
This free on-line learning resource will be launched on a new MOE web-site in December 2018. The on-line version will be initially released in the Kāi Tahu dialect, along with a series of rock-art animation stills and photos of various rock-art sites depicted in the story, that accompany the published manuscript. Each chapter has its own glossary as well as appendices containing chord charts and teachers notes, allowing for in-depth interaction and exploration of the resource.

An English-language version of the audio book will be available from early 2019 onwards, with a dedicated TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT website ‘Flight Centre’ under construction.

The show re-tells a Kāi Tahu legend about a Bird Woman called Pourakahua and her epic flight to Aotearoa, with the aid of Matariki stars and migrating whales. While seeking her own kind she flies from cave to cave, valley to valley, meeting a host of colourful rock-art inspired characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa & Pouākai Eagles, all the while pursued by a bevy of Bird Hunters. 
TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT is an hour-long interactive show, developed in collaboration with Te Ana Māori Rock art Centre in Timaru. It is performed in English, with some te reo māori waiata.
Children help animate eighty rock-art puppets, learning about our nation’s amazing rock-art heritage in a very tactile way, throughout the show. They then use their own imaginations and our rock-art puppets to tell their own stories in hour long puppetry workshops. (40 children maximum.)
Our unsubsidised performance costs are $700 plus GST per performance.                    The show and puppetry workshops are suitable for years 1 – 8 children.                         The subsidised performance and workshop cost is $50.

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AKEE TV_#2 Demo Oil Painting _Te Rerenga The Flight 22 11 2017.
AKEE TV_ A Musical Maori Rock-Art Animation_These Toro Pikopiko Puppets were inspired by visiting Maori Rock-Art sites and drawings in Timaru, Canterbury. In collaboration with the Te Ana Rock-Art cen...

TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS are proud to have created a national treasure, that is now being adapted into a variety of on-line resources, funded by the Ministry of Education, for the benefit of our nation’s children and teachers.  
TE RERENGA – THE FLIGHT premiered at Te Ana Maori Rock-Art Centre on Waitangi Day, 2017 with over 200 performances nationally. TE RERENGA – THE FLIGHT is a forty-five-minute, interactive, acoustic rock musical, featuring 80 ‘Flatsie’ puppets inspired from ancient cave drawings around the Timaru district. The show re-tells a Ngai Tahu legend about Pourangahua and her epic flight to Aotearoa, with the aid of Matariki stars and migrating whales.  She flies from cave to cave, meeting a host of colourful characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa, Pouakai Eagles, and Human Bird Hunters – intent on making Pourangahua their next meal. 

Arohanui Kindergarten Centralkids-Tokoroa

Kia ora Whaitaima and Jeffrey,
Thank you so much for your inspiring performance for our tamariki on Friday morning.
The tamariki and the teachers enjoyed your performance so much. I think for many it brought the Maori legends alive, unlike anything we have been able to provide for them.
Our tamariki often request their favourite legends and we have been for a visit to Hatupatu rock. This however gave such a powerful dimension and including the children to be part of
it by holding the bird and fish puppets made them feel very involved. You both read our children well and realised that they needed to move around. Moving to learn is something that we here
at Arohanui subscribe to. The tamariki enjoyed telling their whanau about your wonderful show and we are all looking forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you both
from the teaching team and tamariki at Arohanui.
Kind regards

Flyer Poster Family Night With Toro Pikopiko Puppets

Rock-Art Gets Rocking FEB 2017

Student Workshops, Timaru.

Creative Communities from around the country are now funding multiple TORO PIKOPIKO  Rock Art Puppetry Workshops, to be held in venues after performances of THE FLIGHT - TE RERENGA,  including CCS Taupo, Rotorua, Hastings, Far North, Auckland, Tauranga, Masterton, Whanganui, Marlborough, Waimakariri, Selwyn, Christchurch and Timaru.  Public performances at libraries, museums and festivals are also planned. Further information regarding dates, costs and 2017/18  bookings for these regional tours, including FREE Rock Art Puppetry Workshops  can be obtained via their web-site - or e-mail:  

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TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS present the world’s first Māori Rock-Art Puppet Production.
In our 22 years of creating and touring Māori themed entertainment for children THE FLIGHT- TE RERENGA - will be our most immersive, interactive & memorable show ever.

THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is an acoustic rock musical, featuring 80 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 the Birdman and his epic flight to Aotearoa in search of his own kind. The Birdman flies from cave to cave, meeting a host of colourful characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa, Pouakai Eagles and human Bird Hunters – who are intent on making Pourangahua their next meal.
THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is a thirty-minute show, for years 2 -5 pre-school aged children.   This engaging production takes its audience back in time a thousand years where they get fully involved helping tell the story by animating a host of rock art puppets that meet up with the Birdman, while he is searching for his whanau.
With 2016 research and development funding from Creative NZ, THE FLIGHT - TE RERENGA is a result of a collaboration with the Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre in Timaru, where the show will premiere 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 this rock-art puppet show, organized on a region-by-region basis, is a pathway towards achieving this aim.

Bookings for your centres very own 2017 stop-over of THE FLIGHT/ TE RERENGA are now being taken, with priority given to those that book early.

Contact: , or phone 021 241 4541


Take a close up look at this beautiful Kakapo who watched our Mighty Maui Puppet Show at Snells Beach Kindergarten August 2016..... 


Rotorua Community Creche Kindergarten

Kia Ora Whaitaima and Jeffrey
Just a quick note to say another huge thank you for your performance of 
the Mighty Maui puppet show here at our Creche on Wednesday, 1st June.  
We have received wonderful feedback from our parents, our tamariki and 
the teachers, about the quality of the puppets, the whole show, and the 
nature and way in which you performed it.  The video I took of the show 
for the tamariki has already been revisited many times each day by our 
tamariki who are both mesmorised with the stories and show, as well as 
seeing themselves on video!

We hope you made it back to Taupo safely and wish you an enjoyable and 
restful Queens Birthday.
Until we meet again,
Nga mihi
Janette McKnight
and everyone from RCCK.
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