In a void, where nothingness exists in abundance, two gods – Papatūānuku and Ranginui cling to one another in a loving embrace.
Their children; all Atua, are cradled within the safety of their parents Aroha with no knowledge of anything existing outside until they hear the whir of two mischievous Patupaiarehe: Hani & Puna. This whir, this buzz, piques a curiosity and a desire in the children to discover and venture beyond the protection that they have known their entire lives. A plan is hatched with devastating results.
Through twists and turns of anger, heartbreak, remorse and forgiveness this cautionary tale chronicles of the dangers of blindly following curiosity, humanity’s ongoing craving for discovery and achievement, our responsibility as Kaitiaki of our environment and how our decisions we make can break down and rebuild relationships.
Most loudly, “Te Tīmatanga O Te Ao” speaks to the importance of Whānau.
“Te Tīmatanga O Te Ao” is an audio-visual feast; a Te Reo Māori reimagining of the Creation of Aotearoa. It has been workshopped and largely written by the Tuakana students who are performing.