11 MAR - 13 MAR 2022 — Theatre



Auckland Arts Festival


75 minutes, no interval


Strong language, sexual references, drug use

A gutsy portrayal of whānau and motherhood, Mitch Tawhi Thomas’s multi award-winning play is rooted in heartfelt comedy, brutal honesty, and the enduring human spirit.

Pakaru explores a young family helmed by Jess, a solo mother, trying to survive on the breadline in present day Aotearoa. Burdened by bills, social welfare, and a small pay packet, she faces huge expectations and two teenage twins eager to explore the world without her. While battling to provide a life with dignity for her tamariki, she decides it is time to think about herself for a change and meets Tahi online. Their first date begins a whirlwind of laughter, tears, and surprises as this new man enters their lives.

Filled with real characters dealing with real issues, this critically-acclaimed family portrait is carried by – and speaks powerfully to – the value of everyday truth and aroha.

Mitch Tawhi Thomas

Writer & Director

Hāpai Productions

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Dates &

Fri 11 Mar 7:00 PM

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Sat 12 Mar 2:00 PM

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Sat 12 Mar 7:00 PM

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Sun 13 Mar 4:30 PM

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Early Bird + Booking Fees $39 - $49

Senior Citizen 65+ + Booking Fees $39 - $49

Concession + Booking Fees $39 - $49

Group 6+ + Booking Fees $39 - $49

Under 30 + Booking Fees $32 - $39

Concession Prices

Concession prices are available for tertiary students and Community Services Card holders. Presentation of an appropriate ID will be required.