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“Very disappointing”
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 30 March 2013

Frommers had rated this 3 * and the cost was $65 per person. We were expecting a great show with cast members showing the Maori tatoos and costumes as shown in the Frommer's book. The cast consisted of mainly high school age people and none of them had the traditional tattooing. A couple of the small cast looked uncomfortable performing and didn't even know the words or steps to some of the songs. We can't believe they charged $65 for this show! The main character was sick and so another one read his script using a notebook. It was very unprofessional. Since we had spent so much money on it we didn't attend another Maori show in New Zealand. It was the only disappointment of our New Zealand adventure. Please check into a show before you purchase tickets, maybe Rotorua ? This one was a total rip-off.

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Reviewed 19 January 2013

Interesting history, but I could only understand a few of the actors. Many of them did not speak clearly. It was a one sided depiction of that time in history. The actors and director were very interested in what they were presenting and very friendly with the audience. They were all open to answer any questions the audience might have.

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Reviewed 8 January 2013

I thought the show was very entertaining. Not just a performance of maori songs but a story telling the history of the area and people. An excellent way to share the maori culture with the world.

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Reviewed 2 January 2013

By the time you get here you may well have seen a "culture show" but this is different; it actually tells a story as seen through Maori eyes and is really worth a look. Not just singing and twirling balls!

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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.

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