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Tāne and the Kiwi – Te Papa School Holiday performances

As part of the Te Papa’s free school holiday events, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is presenting shows for school aged children and their families.  Tāne and the Kiwi tells the story of the kind Kiwi who gave up the chance to soar among the tree-tops but looked after the roots of the trees instead, ensuring that the forest would flourish for everyone to enjoy. Experience the story of the much-loved bird with the smallest wings and the biggest heart, retold in music and dance.

There will be a show narrated in Te Reo Māori and one with New Zealand sign language. There will also be one relaxed performance, catering for neurodiverse audiences of all ages. 

Performance details

Thursday 14 July
2pm – 2.30pm (Relaxed performance)
A social story, explaining what happens at the Ballet can be found here.

Friday 15 July
11am – 11.30am
12pm – 12.30pm
2pm – 2.30pm (in Te Reo)
3pm – 3.30pm (NZSL interpreted by Amber Tiopira-Waaka)

Based on the story ‘How the Kiwi lost its wings’ by Alwyn Owen, with music by Thomas Goss, Tāne and the Kiwi, commissioned by the APO in 2002. New script created by Chris Lam Sam, Te Reo Māori translation by Juanita Teepa. All performances narrated by Gareth Tiopira-Waaka.

Royal NZ Ballet Dance workshops // Te Marae, Level 4

Learn some dance steps from Tāne and the Kiwi with one of the RNZB Dance Educators – especially for kids aged 5 – 10 years.
$5 per child. Places are limited – please book now. A small number of bookings can be made on the day at the RNZB desk, level 2.

Please note that for health and safety reasons pre-schoolers cannot attend these workshops.
Kids must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.

Thursday 14 July
10.30am – 11.15am (aged 5 – 7)
12pm – 12.45pm (aged 8 – 10)

Friday 15 July
10.30am – 11.15am (aged 5 – 7)
12pm – 12.45pm (aged 8 – 10)

For all enquiries, please email  or contact RNZB Education, Community & Accessibility Manager Pascale Parenteau,  021 678 521

Tane & the Kiwi, 2022, watercolour on paper. By Ana Gallardo. Tane and the Kiwi Watercolour by Ana Gollardo Lobaina RNZBDA~2 RNZB Dance Workshop with Senior Dance Educator Lauren Byrne, at Te Papa 14 July, 2020

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