• Theatre
  • Auckland Premiere

A gutsy portrayal of whānau and motherhood, Mitch Tawhi Thomas’s multi award-winning play is rooted in heartfelt comedy, brutal honesty, and the enduring human spirit.

Pakaru explores a young family helmed by Jess, a solo mother, trying to survive on the breadline in present day Aotearoa. Burdened by bills, social welfare, and a small pay packet, she faces huge expectations and teenage twins eager to explore the world without her. 

While battling to provide a life with dignity for her tamariki, she decides it is time to think about herself for a change and meets Tahi online. Their first date begins a whirlwind of laughter, tears, and surprises as this new man enters their lives. Filled with real characters dealing with real issues, this critically-acclaimed family portrait is carried by – and speaks powerfully to – the value of everyday truth and aroha.

AAF’s special programmes of Creative Learning and Access & Inclusion are currently under construction. Please look out for announcements related to these programmes at our full launch happening in November.

Early Bird tickets are available until 11:59pm 6 January 2022, or until allocation is exhausted.

A Adult $55
A Early Bird $49
A Concession $49
A Group (6+) $49
A Under 30 $39
B Adult $45
B Early Bird $39
B Concession $39
B Group (6+) $39
B Under 30 $32
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138 Halsey St
Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

0800 ATC TIX (282 849)


Produced by
  • Hāpai Productions
Photo by
  • Julie Zhu


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