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The Pohutukawa Tree

Author: Bruce Mason

Summary: Stagecraft's 50th anniversary production also turns 50 this year.

Written by Bruce Mason, author of the beloved End of the Golden Weather, The Pohutukawa Tree is seminal both because it was one of the first plays to deal with the relationship between Maori and Pakeha, and because it was one of the first New Zealand plays written with a New Zealand context.

Set in 1947, The Pohutukawa Tree tells the story of Aroha Mataira who lives on the land her ancestors fought for at Te Parenga. As her Pakeha neighbours struggle to understand her ties with the land, her children's actions cause her shame and disgrace and a dying pohutukawa tree becomes a symbol of her despair.

Moving and dramatic, this production gives you a chance to step back in time and enjoy New Zealand storytelling at its best.

Dates and times: Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 September 2008 at 8 pm, Sunday 14 September at 4 pm, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 September at 6.30 pm, Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 September at 8 pm

Tickets: $22 waged, $20 unwaged, $18 each for groups of 10 or more, $15 Stagecraft members. Special two-for-$22 ticket deal on Thursday 11 September


  • Aroha Mataira - Salli Rowe
  • Queenie Mataira - Mani Dunlop
  • Johnny Mataira - Jaazaniah Salanoa
  • Roy McDowell - Theo Taylor
  • Rev Athol Sedgwick - Jeff Osborne
  • Clive Atkinson - Deone Smith
  • Isabel Atkinson - Deanne Graham
  • Sylvia Atkinson - Ella Lucas
  • Dr David Lomas - John Chalmers
  • Sergeant Robinson - Colin Barrett
  • George Rawlings - Malcolm Campbell
  • Claude Johnson - Tom Rainbird
  • Bertha Johnson - Terry Binding
  • Woman guest - Margaret Hill
  • Mr Rawlings - Phil Saxby
  • Mrs Rawlings - Jenny Parkin
  • Bridesmaid - Katherine Haddock
  • Best man - Andrew McCormick
  • Kaumatua - Rhys Mulholland

Crew: Ewen Coleman (director), Joy Hellyer (production manager), Rhys Mulholland (Maori adviser), Leigh Cain (prompt), Iona Anderson (stage manager), David Phillips (lighting designer and operator), Andrew Bayliss (lighting assistant), Barry Meyers (sound designer), Annabel Hensley (wardrobe coordinator), Margi Crawford (wardrobe assistant), Sheena Hudson, Andrea Wiechern (props), Salli Rowe (set design), Sam Perry (set construction), Tabitha Arthur (poster and flyer designer), Jack Wass (photographer)

Last updated 16 November 2013

The Pohutukawa Tree

The Pohutukawa Tree

The Pohutukawa Tree