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Enchanting environmental tale sure to engage

July 16 2008
Media release: For immediate release

Enchanting environmental tale sure to engage

Caring for our environment and respecting others is celebrated at Capital E, with the internationally acclaimed stage adaptation of Gavin Bishop’s much-loved book Hinepau, for the July School Holidays. Directed by Murray Lynch, The Dominion Post season of Hinepau is an enchanting contemporary Maori tale that celebrates difference and diversity, the importance of staying true to oneself and honouring the environment as a taonga.

Ideal for children over eight years and adults alike, the show follows the life of Hinepau, a young girl banished from her tribe because she is different. However, later, when disaster strikes, it is Hinepau’s resilience and understanding of the natural world that saves her people from destruction. Hinepau beautifully speaks to the power of the environment and our impact on it, celebrating the importance of New Zealand’s unique cultural heritage.

Director, Murray Lynch says “To me, Hinepau is a benchmark for thoroughly enjoyable and accessible theatre for young people. It’s full of delightful irreverent humour and carries timely messages with a contemporary voice.”

Hinepau originally premiered at Capital E in 2005, and has since had a hugely successful Australian tour, performing to over 7000 children at The Sydney Opera House and The Arts Centre in Melbourne. For this return season, a new highly-acclaimed creative team has been brought together from across New Zealand.

Hinepau features an original sound score by Stephen Gallagher, beautiful animations by Tim Capper & Francis Solole and light design by Jo Kilgour, melded together by respected Wellington director Murray Lynch. Talented performers, Erina Daniels, Reihana Haronga, Regan Taylor and Roimata Fox, give a fresh approach to this contemporary yet timeless Maori tale.

This vibrant and appealing season of Hinepau, presented by the National Theatre for Children, is sure to foster a love and respect for New Zealand’s unique place in the world. Perfect family entertainment during the holiday break.

The Dominion Post season of Hinepau
When: Saturday 5 till Saturday 19 July (no shows Sundays)
Time: 11.00am & 2.00pm daily (except Saturday 5 July, 2.00pm only)
Duration: 55 minutes
Venue: Capital E McKenzie Theatre
Price: $10.50 per person. $38 group of four. $8.50 per person for groups of 10 or more.
Under two years free.
Bookings: Phone: 04 913 3720. Email:


Capital E is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from Wellington City Council. The National Theatre for Children receives major funding support from Creative New Zealand.


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