Photos by Morag Carter
In the 1980s and 90s Wellington's Taki Rua theatre showed the value of having a theatre space showcasing Māori live performance. It's been a long wait for a replacement venue after the theatre closed in 1998. The new space is based not in the capital but in Auckland. Te Pou Whare has just opened in New Lynn, though fundraising for the ambitious project is ongoing. Ruia Taitea Creative which has driven the venture was formed just a few months ago, one of its founders Tainui Tukiwaho talks about the project.