Te Waka Huia Productions

Te Waka Huia

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In 1963 a bus returning from Waitangi Day celebrations crashed on the Brynderwyn Hills killing 15 people.  It remains New Zealand's worst road accident.

Many of the victims were from Helensville, north west of Auckland. For over half a century the story has remained in the shadows. 

The play Te Waka Huia is a modern day love story that shines a light on the grief that still exists, and hopes to heal some of the lingering hurt.

Please watch our short two minute video and hear what one whanau member felt when she attended the first public reading.


We need your help to cover the costs of a tour of Auckland and Northland, loosely following the route of the original bus journey from Waitangi to Helensville.

We hope through the tour to gather collective memories of the accident and present the play to audiences who don't often to get to see theatre of this calibre.

Director: Chris Molloy 
Playwright: Naomi Bartley 
Dramaturge:  Murray Edmond
Cast:  Chye-Ling Huang, Junior Misimoa, Isaac Te Reina & Retts Van Dam.

Please follow us on Facebook to keep up with our tour news and find out where you can book tickets to this important piece of new theatre. 

"There's no place like home. But if everyone leaves and the place is empty … is it still home then?"