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Otamatea Repertory Theatre
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Te Waka Huia

“There’s no place like home. But if everyone leaves and the place is empty … is it still home then?”

Te Waka Huia is a play inspired by the 1963 Brynderwyn bus crash.

The accident killed 15 and injured many more. Many of the victims were from Helensville. To this day it remains New Zealand's worst road crash and yet the story is largely unknown.

The play is a fictional modern day love story that hopes to heal some of the lingering hurt.

The play takes place in the present day.  Pahi - accompanied by his ghosts -  is the sometime resident of a derelict bus in an abandoned paddock on the outskirts of small town Helensville.  When two teenagers move in, drawn by their own sense of homelessness, Pahi’s tangled worlds of past and present collide.  As his secrets unravel, and the threat of losing the bus becomes clear, the three discover a truth: whatever it looks like, home is worth fighting for.


Theatre Dates

Aug 17-19 New Lynn, Te Pou Theatre
Sept 7-8 Mangere Arts Centre, Nga Tohu o Uenuku
Sept 15 Maungaturoto, Otamatea Repertory Theatre
Sept 16 Rawene Hall
Sept 17 Kerikeri, Turner Centre
Sept 22-23 Whangarei, ONEONESIX
Sept 28-30 Helensville, Kaipara College