Waitangi day performance at Te Ana Rock-Art Centre 2017.
TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS
Aotearoa Kinesthetic Education & Entertainment
Jeffrey Addison and Whaitaima Te Whare are the founders of Aotearoa Kinesthetic Educational Entertainment. We specialise in te Ao Mãori story-telling with a range of puppets including kare-tao puppets, and our latest invention FLATSIE 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.
TE RERENGA - THE FLIGHT 2018 !
PUPPET SHOW – A NATIONAL TREASURE
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
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.
Bookings for your very own show of TE RERENGA - THE FLIGHT are now being taken, with priority given to those that book
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.
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.
Please forward enquiries here.