Presented by Auckland Theatre Company and Auckland Arts Festival

The Haka Party Incident

By Katie Wolfe

5 MAR - 13 MAR 2021 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours, no interval



Due to Auckland moving into COVID-19 alert level 3 as of 6am 28 February 2021 for at least seven days, the whole season of The Haka Party Incident will be rescheduled to new dates. When we know what those dates are we will advise ticketholders by email. Tickets for The Haka Party Incident have been taken off sale until new dates are confirmed.

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

There’s a long, rich history of Māori resistance in New Zealand but, for every Bastion Point or Ihumātao that makes headlines, other incidents quickly fade into the mists of history.

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.

Violence erupted that sent ripples through the nation and changed race relations in New Zealand forever.

Crafted by film-maker and theatre director Katie Wolfe (Rendered, Anahera, Waru), The Haka Party Incident combines documentary and stagecraft to thrilling effect. Provocative, resonant and unforgettable, The Haka Party Incident is a not-to-be-missed theatre event.

The Haka Party Incident was commissioned and developed by ATC Literary.



Aidan O'Malley

Patrick Tafa

Neenah Dekkers Reihana

Roimata Fox

Richard Te Are

Lauren Gibson

Jarred Blakiston


Katie Wolfe

Writer & Director

John Verryt

Set Design

Alison Reid

Costume Design

Jo Kilgour

Lighting Design

Kingsley Spargo

Sound Design

Whetu Silver

Engine Room Directing Intern

Dates &

Fri 5 Mar 8:00 PM Preview

Sat 6 Mar 2:00 PM Preview

Sat 6 Mar 8:00 PM Opening Night

Sun 7 Mar 4:00 PM EAT/TALK/PLAY

Tue 9 Mar 7:00 PM Youth Forum

Wed 10 Mar 7:00 PM Audio Described & Touch Tour

Thu 11 Mar 8:00 PM

Fri 12 Mar 8:00 PM NZSL Interpreted

Sat 13 Mar 2:00 PM Audio Described & Touch Tour

Sat 13 Mar 8:00 PM


Adult $54 - $74

Senior 65+ $49 - $69

Concession $39 - $52

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Special Events


Backstage Story

Discover the world behind the curtain, find out what takes place in the rehearsal room at these behind-the-scenes talks with the director, designers, and cast of each show.

Auckland Theatre Company Studios
487 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden
Carpark & entry off Brixton Road

Monday, 22 February, 6:30pm


Raise your theatre experience to the next level by attending this informative pre-show event.

Listen to a special guest speaker discuss a deeper aspect of the play while enjoying a glass of wine and afternoon tea in the picturesque Villa Maria Gallery at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

Tickets to EAT/TALK/PLAY are $25 each. You'll also need to purchase a ticket to the show if you wish to attend the performance after the event. These events sell out quickly so booking is essential.

Sunday, 7 March, 2:45pm