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The Mooncake and the Kūmara – 2017 Tour

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Produced by The Oryza Foundation™ for Asian Performing Arts and Betsy & Mana Productions Ltd.

Written by Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen.

Directed by Katie Wolfe.

Design team: John Verryt, Elizabeth Whiting, Paul Lim, Drew McMillan.

Nearly ninety years ago on a New Zealand market garden, two families, one Māori and the other Chinese, became part of a romance that would uproot their lives over generations.

Layered with myth and fable, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is a moving story about a mixed-up, Māori-Chinese love affair that sprouts among rows of potatoes. Told in a rich mixture of English, Māori and Cantonese, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is the debut, award-winning play by Māori-Chinese playwright Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen.

Loosely based on the story of her grandparents' relationship, this is a story about history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance needed to grow families.

In 2017 we are bringing this sellout hit back to Auckland's Q Theatre  (June 28 - July 8) for a return season and Wellington's Hannah Playhouse  (June 21 - 24)  for the first time as part of the Kia Mau Festival.

To pull this off we need your support, to pay our incredible cast and crew and for the cost of touring.


  • Update #1


    Thanks so much to all of you who have donated so far. We are 1/4 of the way there and only have 9 days to go!

    Our cast will be back in the rehearsal room with our director Katie Wolfe in a couple of weeks to prep for our seasons in Wellington and Auckland.

    Touring is an expensive business, and we really want to make sure we can pay all our actors, crew and the touring bills - every cent raised in this Boosted campaign goes towards getting the show on the road.

    If you haven't already contributed we'd be grateful if you did - every little bit helps!

    Update #1