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The Cave Above the Pa, Te Ana I Runga I te Pa

June 15, 2012

rehearsing at Karoro School

Rehearsing at karoro School

The season of our new play, The Cave Above The Pa, Te Ana I Runga I Te Pa which traces the history of the land in Mawhera/Greymouth and its impact on race relations has attracted a large and enthusiastic audience. The discussions with the audience after each show, hosted by a local dignitary, have begun to produce a new vision for the town, based on a progressive culture encompassing both the treaty and environmental sustainability and the need to establish ongoing dialogue with Maori – the latter being a complex task as it involves dialogue with two runanga, Mawhera Corporation and Maori from other iwi living in the town.

The production illustrates for us the positive role Community-based theatre can play.

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