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.