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.
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