Ko tēnei te mihi maioha ki ngā tangata whenua o Te Ūpoko-o-te- Ika-a-Māui!
In late 2012, Hone Kouka called together a collective of Māori Theatre leadership and Te Pūtahitanga a te Rehia was created. Named by Hone Hurihanganui, the collective was a positive response to the galvanising trends in Wellington’s Māori creative industry. From these kōrero and wānanga, Pūtahi Festival was born.
This platform was to showcase the best of new art from Wellington based Māori creatives. It was an opportunity to develop work and to give Māori artists the space to play and explore under rangatiratanga.
Pūtahi Festival was helmed by Hone Kouka (2014 - 2015) and then led by Moana Ete for a further two years (2016-2017).
Pūtahi Festival will be returning to Pōneke in 2021 and will showcase rangatahi Māori and Pasifika theatre & dance practitioners from across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa throughout the nine-day festival.
Nau mai, haere mai ki te Pūtahi Festival!
The 2021 festival was funded by Toi Aotearoa with support from New Zealand Fringe Festival