Thank you Jeffrey and Whaitaima for coming to
our school and we really liked the show that you did and the songs and the
puppets. We were impressed with the fish and the puppets. How did you make the
puppets? How did you learn the number haka?
We had a
great time with you and the show and the songs.
Thank you so
much we appreciate you coming.
Titoki and Mark. Year 4 2016.
your puppet show at Milton primary school was
and your songs were amazing MAUI TIKI TIKI I
still remember what we had to say.
I come from the same place as you, Taupo
and there's another person at Milton primary school that comes from there too
his name is Callum it's amazing.
anyway I would love to thank you very much for
coming to Milton primary school.
(pass this on to Whaitaima)
plus my bff is over for 10 days of the holidays
Hi everyone, thank you for your support throughout the month of March. We have great slide shows to share from 3 Primary schools. Ridgway Primary, Opaheke Primary and Mangere East Primary.
To view their slide shows visit this link:
PIKOPIKO PUPPETS 2016 NEWSLETTER
Kia ora e te whanau whānui.
Pikopiko Puppets are now taking terms 1 & 2 bookings for
our marvelous musical ‘Mighty Māui’.
This 60-minute interactive show, with more than seventy ‘Flatso’ puppets,
weaves together the daring deeds of our own Super Hero Māui Tikitiki, including
slowing down the sun and fishing up the North Island. ‘Mighty Māui’ has had one hundred and fifty pre and primary school
performances during 2015. In addition, we have enjoyed public shows at the Globe
Theatre in Palmerston North, X-space Theatre in Tauranga, the Howard Morrison
Centre in Rotorua and Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia.
We have also made a music video about
the birth of Māui, which features the first song and puppets from our
theatrical show ‘Mighty Māui’. The
video can be watched by clicking the following link:
are currently researching and developing an exciting project in collaboration
with Te Ana Rock Art Centre in
Timaru. From term 3, 2016 on wards we will be touring a new production Te Kāhui Rere/ The Flock,re-telling one of Ngai Tahu's oldest legends about Pourakahua the Birdman, whose overly
long arms and legs make him a lonely outcast. He is transformed by
Te-Manunui-a-Tāne, enabling him to fly to Aotearoa in search of his own bird
tribe, following the whales and celestial path of Matariki. Pourakahua
and all the characters involved in this story have been depicted in ancient
cave art found throughout Te Waipounamu. These iconic drawings are a potent
source of inspiration for this puppet show. They will be brought to life from
their cave rock origins and animated by Toro Pikopiko puppeteers with audience
children playing the parts of stars, whales, forest birds, lizards & hunters
who Pourakahua meets on his journey.
Kāhui Rere/ The Flock is a unique, immersive ‘Flatso’ puppets production
and will premiere at the Te Ana Centre. It will be toured nationally throughout
terms 3 & 4, 2016, and terms 1 – 4 2017.
Priority is given to those educational communities that book early.
We will be performing different versions of both shows for
pre-school and primary school children.
Kia ora Everyone
This morning we had Toro
Pikopiko Puppetry come to our kindergarten and perform their wonderful
This is the second time
we have had Whaitaima and Jeffrey come to visit us – the first time they
performed ‘Apo the Greedy Taniwha’ a few years ago and this morning they
performed ‘The Mighty Maui’.
They are fantastic
vibrant performers who include all the children and parents as part of the show.
Their show specialises on telling our favourite traditional Maori
mythical legends and stories.
They are fully
interactive, musical, educational and so so fun! I thoroughly recommend
these lovely people and their great show and thought it was very
worthwhile sharing this with you all.
Kia ora Whaea and Jeffery
Thank you and ka pai for your show today, I and the tamariki
totally were captured by your music and puppets. Your expertise
and wairua towards your show really captured the heart's of our tamariki.
Your waiata and stories to the tamariki was very professional with the
tamariki in mind, I believe that they will talk about you both for a very long
time. You have great awhi for our tamariki even remembering some of their
names, and give them the responsibility and mana to participate.
I would love to have your tumeke show again for next term.
'Kia tipu te wairua toi
Keep fostering the creative spirit in yourselves and young
nga mihi Jo
Check out who's warming up their voices in the AVPeople recording studio on Matai St, Taupo?
Enjoy our groovy sounds and visuals of the Mighty Maui Music
Videos, August 2015.
Share with your friends, families and work colleagues.
More on the way!!
For Māori Language Week in 2015
Tauranga City Libraries Māori Events Team invited Toro Pikopiko Puppetry to
perform two shows to children at Baycourt on Wednesday 29 July 2015. Their show
was called Mighty Maui: The Daring Deeds of Māui. Photos: Debbie McCauley
Mighty Maui: The Daring Deeds of
Māui is a puppet musical written and performed by Jeffrey Addison and Te
Whaitaima Te Whare. It includes the legends of Māui Tikitiki-ā-Taranga; fishing
up of land; slowing down the sun; shape-shifting and bringing fire to
humankind. The show includes hand drumming and traditional Maori instruments.
Jeffrey & Whaitaima created a
new form of layered 2D puppetry called ‘Flatso’, and sixty of these
puppets are part of the show. The children get to play the parts of Maui’s
dolphins, Maui’s buff brothers, fish, forest birds, and a giant eel called
Tunaroa. The show was interactive, with the children and adults having the
opportunity to puppeteer, dance and sing along to original waiata and
perform a haka numeracy game called Numba Haka.
Feedback of the Mighty Maui
Puppet Show from Our Lady Star of the Sea school
Howick, Auckland May 2015.
Show was EPIC.”
captured us all the way through and we were really caught up in the act.”
the puppetshow you did was really cool and thank you for letting us do our own
“ Your very
talented to make all those puppets.”
for letting us watch your puppet show it was really funny and thank you for
letting us play with your puppets.”
the puppets cause when I heard it was a puppet show I thought you put them on
your hands, it was quite creative how you made them and how they walked.”
“I liked it
how the taniwha got kicked by Maui, I’m gonna save the day, Kapow!”
Feedback after the Environmental
Workshop with students.
making up our own stories using your puppets was really fun.”
us how to test like and use our imagination and also it learned us how to do
be fun to have class puppet shows, those puppets are really easy to operate.”