Te Waka Huia

A derelict bus stands rusting in an overgrown paddock near Helensville.

A derelict bus stands rusting in an overgrown paddock near Helensville. When Pahi, the sometime resident, encounters two teenagers drawn to the bus by their own sense of homelessness, his tangled worlds of past and present collide. As secrets unravel, and the threat of losing the bus becomes imminent, the three discover a truth: whatever it looks like, home is worth fighting for. Te Waka Huia is a new play inspired by the 1963 Brynderwyn bus crash. It is written as a tribute to those who lost their lives – and those who survived - NZ’s worst road accident.

Writer: Naomi Bartley

Producer: Naomi Bartley

Director: Chris Molloy

Actors: Junior Misimoa, Amanda Leo, Matiu Kereama, Naomi Bartley

This event is part of Matariki Festival, 30 June - 22 July, proudly hosted by Auckland Council in partnership with Te Kawerau a Maki. More info and updates on www.matarikifestival.org.nz and Facebook. #matarikifestival

Kua tāpiri tēnei whakaaturanga ki te ahurei o Matariki mai I te 30 o Pipiri ki 22 o Hōngongoi. He kaupapa rangapū te ahurei ki waenganui I Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau me te iwi manaaki o Te Kawerau a Maki. Tirohia te whārangi ipurangi, te whārangi pukamata hoki mō ngā whakamārama. Ko ngā pukapuka hōtaka e wātea ana mai i te Rāhina, te 11 o Pipiri.