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The last New Zealand war took place in Auckland in 1979. It lasted three minutes.

The Haka Party Incident resurrects the eventful day when a group of University of Auckland engineering students rehearsing their annual tradition of a mock haka are confronted by the activist group, He Taua. The incident sent ripples through the nation and changed race relations in New Zealand forever.

Crafted by film-maker and theatre director Katie Wolfe, The Haka Party Incident is verbatim theatre that innovatively combines documentary and kapa haka to thrilling effect. 

Provocative, resonant and unforgettable. A not-to-be-missed theatre event.

Join us 5pm Saturday 23 Oct for a panel discussion inspired by The Haka Party Incident. More details to be announced soon.


“Thanks to the work of those behind The Haka Party Incident, the nearly forgotten impact of these activists has been brought back into our cultural consciousness.”
— The Spinoff

"An innovative, brilliant piece of theatre all New Zealanders need to see."
— NZ Herald

"Continues a vital conversation we should all be having about tearing down racist institutions and standing in solidarity with tangata whenua.”
— Theatrescenes


Original season co-presented by Auckland Arts Festival.

Fri 22 Oct, Sat 23 Oct | 7PM

125mins (incl. interval)
$40 - $49

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Ages 13+

Trigger warning: Offensive views, some bad language, institutional racism, cultural appropriation, and historical examples of how haka and te reo Māori were incorrectly used and performed in the past.

Please join us for a free panel discussion in response to this work on Saturday 23 October, 5pm at the Theatre Royal.

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