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Tuturo Tawhito, A Place of No Memories

TUTURU TAWHITO, A Place of No Memories

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HAUnt, Wind Stories | Publicity for TUTURU TAWHITO, A Place with No Memories: Saturday 21 February 2009

HAUnt, Wind Stories presents:
TUTURU TAWHITO, A Place of No Memories

Date: Saturday 21 February, 8.30pm
Venue: Great Hall, Museum Building, Massey University
Buckle Street, Wellington
Tickets: Adult $15, Concession $12, Fringe Addict $11
Tickets available at: Downstage Theatre
Door sales from 8.00pm on Saturday 21 February
More info:


It is a while now since waka have been at Buckle Street. When the doors closed to our old national museum in 1996 so did the old ways we presented our national taonga and treasures.

For one night only, Wellingtonians can relive memories of whispering their way around the museum galleries in the former Dominion Museum, now at the heart of Massey University. On Saturday 21 February, HAUnt, Wind Stories will present its world premiere site-specific performance Tuturu Tawhito, A Place of No Memories in the old Maori Hall as part of Fringe 09.

HAUnt, Wind Stores is the bicultural collaboration of artist-musicians Warren Warbrick and Virginia Jamieson. They use taonga puoro (traditional instruments) and voice to create contemplative sounds from a Maori and Pakeha point of view. In what’s described as one of the largest rooms in New Zealand, Mr Warbrick and Ms Jamieson will be joined by actors Regan Taylor and Amanda McRaven in a piece which promises to reveal stories of old in the now empty space.

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“Our piece honours the Dominion Museum, the Kaitiaki Maori movement and the Pakeha staff who did their best to care for and present Maori material culture in our early museums,” said Mr Warbrick.

“We will use music and gesture to reflect the whare, waka and taonga. Some people will remember the gallery as the place to merely pass through to reach the Egyptian mummy,” said Ms Jamieson.

“Our music has a pure quality that will be stunning in such a large space. People tell us our sounds are so beautiful and haunting that they cry when they hear us, so perhaps bring a hanky."

Tickets are available from Downstage Theatre and more information can be found at

The performance is supported by Creative New Zealand.

HAUnt, Wind Stories performs site-specific works relating to art and history. They are set to tour New Zealand during 2009 with the touring art exhibition of the late John Bevan Ford with support from the Mavis and Beatrix Francis Arts Trust.


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