Only 30 seconds gone and all of us are captivated, spellbound and lapping it up.
— Alan Scott (2018 Theatreview)


A giant scale puppet show for 2+ year olds with magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend.  This innovative, cutting edge new concept features 45 glow-in-the-dark puppets under ultraviolet light in a black box theatre environment.  The ALL NEW MATARIKI GLOW SHOW 2020 will  be set around the Takutai Moana (Coastal Sea) and Te Moana Nui A Kiwa (Big Pacific Ocean) during MATARIKI, with the show being a delightful story about our Kai Moana and the whakataukī “He waka eke noa ( We are all in this together).”

 Rich in Te Reo Māori, it’s an upbeat show that has the audience buzzing from the onset. This masterful 40-minute show is underpinned by catchy music that engages the audience immediately, followed by a Q and A session afterwards for our tamariki. There’s an abundance of educational content to take back to the classroom.


The production was created by Sarah Burren who collaborated with Midge Perez on the style and genre of show. They have an impressive history of having worked on twenty children’s shows together. Composer/musical director, Midge Perez is one of the show’s Creative Directors along with Sarah Burren and Chantelle Brader. Puppet designer and creator, Sarah Burren has been involved in the concept, design and production of over a hundred stage shows and live events both in New Zealand and internationally.

Recognising the significance of Matariki to many New Zealanders, they sought the guidance and approval of kaumatua Dr Haare Williams (amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create an authentic Matariki story that would ignite the spirit and pride of our tamariki.

Script and musical score were then taken to the next level by the choreographer and performers from cultural and ancestral backgrounds that span Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe, Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Maniapoto iwi and the islands of Samoa. They are graduate students and tutors from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand School of Drama, The Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, South Auckland’s MIT, and Otara Music Arts Centre whose combined storytelling, voice, instrumental, dance and puppetry skills bring this Matariki story to life and make it soar.


The show has been specifically designed to be toured. All 45 puppets are packed down to fit in a 5 seater hatchback, including the 5 metre long taniwha!

In 2019, 68 shows will be staged in 18 venues from May 27th to July 13th.

15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18.

800+ schools will hear about it in 2019.

25,000+ children will see it in 2019. Don’t miss out… it’s literally legendary!

Teachers teach. But good teachers lead us into the inner, wilder places of the mind. Give our kids the Maui spark that will lift them and, once in flight, let them soar. Matariki does that by giving our tamariki a fresh beginning by tracking to where they’ve come from - by remembering their ancestors.

I am delighted to support this programme which allows us to celebrate our own corner of Earth here in Aotearoa New Zealand with our own iconic narratives, heroes and deities.
— Dr Haare Williams MNZM QCM JP