Moeawa Fransen

Jason Te Mete | Tuatara Collective ready for live action

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A Maori theater group celebrates the return of live theatre.

A Maori theater group celebrates the return of live theatre.

Tuatara Collective will hold a 10-day festival at Auckland’s Basement Theater starting August 2.

Kaiwhakahare Jason Te Mete aka Hau [te Hī me te Hā] begins with a five-day season of Hine Te Rēhia, a bilingual theatrical extravaganza of song, dance, haka and authentic storytelling through monologue and poetry by seven young Maori and pasifika women.

After a Saturday Garage Party at the theater, the festival ends with the new show KA’A by singer-songwriter Pati.

Te Mete says it’s a relief for artists to be back on stage rather than trying to reach audiences through virtual performances.

“I was really determined not to go back to delivering live performances online and other ways because I feel what I want to do and our mahi that we really shine in is live and it needs to be live “, he says.