Presented by Auckland Theatre Company and Auckland Arts Festival

The Haka Party Incident

By Katie Wolfe

30 MAR - 10 APR 2021 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours, no interval


The Haka Party Incident includes 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.

The Haka Party Incident has been rescheduled to 30 March - 10 April.

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.




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 post-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. These events sell out quickly so booking is essential.

Saturday 10 April, 4:15pm



"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
“This production is a gift that every New Zealander deserves to enjoy”
John Smythe, Theatreview