• 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.

Audio Described Performance & Touch Tour
Saturday 12 March
Touch Tour:
5.30pm Performance: 7.00pm
ASB Waterfront Theatre
Access Tickets $20* - Access Tickets $20* - plus one companion seat free of charge, if required.
*Subject to availability – limited number of access tickets available
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Access Tickets $20* - plus one companion seat free of charge, if required.


  • Sat
    ASB Waterfront Theatre

138 Halsey St
Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

0800 ATC TIX (282 849)


“Touching on many of our country’s deep issues, like poverty and addiction... [ Pakaru ] mirror[s] real-life: it is both hilarious and heart-wrenching.”

The Pantograph Punch


Produced by
  • Hāpai Productions
  • Julie Zhu


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