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“Good, but could be much better”
Review of Culture North Night Show - CLOSED

Culture North Night Show
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Owner description: Six nights a week the marae is transformed into a magical setting where performers from the Culture North night show tell visitors to Northland the real story of New Zealand. A contemporary production combining drama, music and dance, the show relates the traditional story of how two cultures; Maori and European, settled in New Zealand.
Reviewed 12 December 2012

I have been to this show a couple of times with visitors. Transport to the event is included in the price but when the bus does not stop to pick you up, as it can do, it rather puts a damper on the evening. This area of the operation needs improving. Letting folks pay on the bus and not on the sidewalk would also improve the quality of the bus ride experience.

The idea behind the show is great, with an old man remembering things from the area's past that he tells to his grandchild. The show is a good mixture of song, dance, and dialogue.

After a short briefing, where leaders of the audience for the night are chosen, the show starts with the audience making an approach to a rival village. Here they are challenged in the traditional way. If all goes well they are accepted into the Treaty House.

It is great to see the cast switch so easily from English to Maori and from ancient to modern. It is an upbeat, positive, and entertaining presentation. There is a turnover of performers and it appears that new cast should put in a bit more time and effort to properly learn their parts.

After the end of the performance there is a lovely opportunity to chat with the performers and to take photographs with them. Great fun.

Thank SVPromise
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

This is an interesting way to learn about Maori history. The presentation is well done by some talented people. It was also nice to talk to the performers after the show and ask questions. The Treaty Grounds are lovely and well kept.

1  Thank Godsgoodearth
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

grandfather tells his grandson about the journey to new zealand and the arrival of the first settlers. Good set-up show, professional crew

1  Thank Family_Kistemaker_NZ
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

As we left this show, my husband described it as "charming" -- until I told him what we'd paid for it...then all of the little things that had gone wrong seemed to add up, and we both felt we'd been cheated.

For starters, we took them up on their offer to pick us up at our B&B due to the late hour and our wariness of driving on the left-side of the road in the dark (we'd been doing this for less than a day). We provided the name of our place and were told we'd be picked up at 7:30pm. As the promised time rolled around and passed, we stood outside waiting for our ride. Eventually, we got in our car and drove to the treaty grounds, where the show had already started. We were politely told to wait outside while someone would find out whether or not we'd be allowed to join. There was no apology for failing to pick us up or expressions of "oh good, you were able to make it" - nope, they were annoyed that we'd inconvenienced them.

As we took our seats, the performers went through a series of songs and dances that were fairly well done - some of the young girls in particular had very powerful and moving voices. Unfortunately, we noticed a lack of enthusiasm from a number of the young males (except when performing the Haka - they seemed to all really enjoy that) and many missed lines throughout. At about the halfway point, one of the young girls made a mistake and seemed unable to recover -- the remainder of the show seemed drained of energy without her (though that did provide us with an opportunity to hear her mother's beautiful voice as she stepped in to lead the songs).

All in all, if this had been a third or fourth of the price, we would have left pleased with how we'd spent our evening, and would have brushed off the little things as unimportant...but when you factor in the very high cost, this show just wasn't worth it.

5  Thank bbqueen05
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

Kena and his team put on a superb show - well worth the money. A must do,

1  Thank Anaru M
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