Presented by Auckland Theatre Company

The Haka Party Incident

By Katie Wolfe

2 OCT - 10 OCT 2021 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


2 hours 5 minutes, including interval


The Haka Party Incident includes some bad language, portrays institutional racism and cultural appropriation and historical examples of how haka and Te Reo Māori were incorrectly used and performed in the past.

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

Award-winning The Haka Party Incident returns after a sold-out premiere season.

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 Mooncake and the Kumara, Waru, He Māngai Wāhine, Artefact), 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 landmark theatre event.

So that more Auckland audiences have the chance to witness this extraordinary retelling of an important part of our city and nation’s history, tickets to the return Tāmaki Makaurau season are $29-$34. If you are able to tautoko us a bit further, you might consider booking a ‘Seat + Support’ ticket for $49.

Original season co-presented by Auckland Arts Festival




Adult $34

Senior 65+ $34

Concession $29

Group 6+ $29

Seat + Support Us $49


Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival
Friday 15 October
Gisborne War Memorial Theatre

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Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival
Monday 18 October
Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre, Opera House

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Nelson Arts Festival
Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October
Theatre Royal

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Tauranga Arts Festival
Friday 29 October
Addison Theatre, Baycourt Community and Arts Centre 

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Taranaki Arts Festival, RESET Festival 2021
Thursday 4 November 
TSB Showplace

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Accessible Performances

Audio Described & Touch Tour

Sunday 3 October. Touch Tour 2.30pm. Audio Described performance 4.00pm. Audio Described performances provide a live audio commentary by passionate professionals from Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd as they describe the actions onstage. This commentary is relayed to blind and low-vision patrons via an earpiece which can be booked in advanced and picked up from the theatre box office. Touch Tours are held one and a half hours before the show. Patrons can walk through the set, touch props, feel costumes and familiarise themselves with visual and sensory materials in the performance.

NZSL Interpreted

Sunday 9 October 2:00pm. As part of NZSL Interpreted performances, a trained interpreter from Platform Interpreting signs dialogue from the actors on stage to Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in the audience. The interpreter works closely with the show’s script, cast and director to match the lines and action onstage as well as the tone, attitude and body language of the actors. Special seats are reserved for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, so they have a clear view of the interpreter signing towards them.

How to book

All tickets to accessible performances are $20 each for Deaf, hard-of-hearing and blind/low-vison customers. One companion ticket per Deaf, hard-of-hearing and blind/low-vison theatregoer is also available for $20. 
Please contact the box office on (09) 309 3395 or email [email protected] to book Audio-Described or NZSL-Interpreted performances, touch tours, wheelchair-accessible seats, or if you have any special requirements.


“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.”
Charlotte Muru-Lanning, The Spinoff
"A powerful and emotional work."
John Daly-Peoples, NZ Arts Review
"A play every New Zealander should see."
Andrew Whiteside
"This is live theatre as dynamic documentary."
Rev Orange Peel, 13th Floor
"An innovative, brilliant piece of theatre all New Zealanders need to see."
Ethan Sills, NZ Herald
"Continues a vital conversation we should all be having about tearing down racist institutions and standing in solidarity with tangata whenua.”
Anuja Mitra, Theatrescenes
“The standing ovation that greets The Haka Party Incident celebrates the birth of a dynamically presented theatrical taonga.”
John Smythe, Theatreview