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Whangamata area school 2016

Friday May 20
Dear Jeffrey and Whaitaima.
 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.
From your friends

Titoki and Mark. Year 4 2016.

Milton Primary School

Dear Jeffrey,
your puppet show at Milton primary school was awesome,
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)
 Yours Sincerely,
Kayla Stevenson

plus my bff is over for 10 days of the holidays Aleigha Marks

March 2016

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: 


Te Kahui Rere - The Flock

TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS  2016 NEWSLETTER                               
Kia ora e te whanau whānui.

Toro 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:
Mighty Maui English Music video 2015 -
Mighty Maui Maori Music Video 2015-
We 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.
Te 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.

For bookings and enquiries contact ph. 021 2414541

Glamorgan Kindrgarten

Kia ora Everyone
This morning we had Toro Pikopiko Puppetry come to our kindergarten and perform their wonderful show. 
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.  
You can check them out on  or email on or  
Kind regards
Leanne Kenwright
Glamorgan Kindergarten

Central Kids Homedale

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 children' 

nga mihi Jo

Mighty Maui Music video

Check out who's warming up their voices in the AVPeople recording studio on Matai St, Taupo?

Mighty Maui Music video Aug 2015

Hey everyone

Enjoy our groovy sounds and visuals of  the Mighty Maui Music Videos, August 2015.

 001 Mighty Maui English Music video 2015 -

001 Mighty Maui Maori Music Video 2015-

Share with your friends, families and work colleagues.

More on the way!!

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (2015) at Tauranga City Libraries

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.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Howick, Auckland

Feedback of the Mighty Maui Puppet Show from Our Lady Star of the Sea school
Howick, Auckland May 2015.

“The Puppet Show was EPIC.”
“It captured us all the way through and we were really caught up in the act.”
“I think the puppetshow you did was really cool and thank you for letting us do our own puppet show.”
“ Your very talented to make all those puppets.”
“Thank you for letting us watch your puppet show it was really funny and thank you for letting us play with your puppets.”
“I loved 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.

“I thought making up our own stories using your puppets was really fun.”

“It learned us how to test like and use our imagination and also it learned us how to do team work.”

“It would be fun to have class puppet shows, those puppets are really easy to operate.”
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