Dates and times

Tue, Jul 11 - 7:30pm
Wed, Jul 12 - 7:30pm
Thu, Jul 13 - 7:30pm
Fri, Jul 14 - 7:30pm
Sat, Jul 15 - 7:30pm


The PumpHouse Amphitheatre


✨Free Event✨

Optional Koha of $5.00 - $30.00
Superstar Supporter $40.00


How to get tickets

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About by Mark Wilson

Directed by Meg Andrews
Starring Mark Wilson, Āria Harrison-Sparke, Jordan Henare, and Awatea Timothy

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Embark on a transformative journey through the traditions of Māori culture and spirituality, illuminated by the shimmering star cluster of Matariki. Set in our outdoor amphitheatre, you will be treated to a night under the Matariki stars to enjoy the enchanting and profoundly moving new play,

After its mind-blowingly successful premiere in 2022, is back after popular demand and continues to be free to attend with an optional koha. Booking is essential to secure your spot!


Three friends navigate the complexities of modern life during the Matariki season. As the stars rise in the night sky, they confront tough issues like discrimination and hate, grappling with their stagnation, relationships, and their place within Māori culture. Through storytelling, they reflect on their past, and seek ways to empower and connect with Te Ao Māori going forward, exploring its core concepts amidst the threat of technology and assimilation.

Can their wairua survive the onslaught of generational and institutionalised violence and reconcile past misconceptions? Will elitism and globalisation push them further away from their roots?

This is a powerful exploration of spirituality, philosophy, and customs that will leave you inspired and transformed. Don’t miss out on this captivating journey which will transcend you toward self-discovery and connection.


The show is performed in the Outdoor Amphitheatre and will go ahead even with a light sprinkling of rain. Audiences in 2022 enjoyed the novelty of the ever-changing weather as it added to the ambience and beauty of the show, so don’t let the weather deter you! We encourage you to dress warmly for a winter’s night outside.

Come prepared with:

  • Wet weather gear
  • Something to sit on (a blanket or cushion)
  • Umbrella (preferably a small one – please sit at the back of the theatre if you bring one and be mindful of other patrons 😊)
  • Anything that will make you feel as comfy and cosy as possible!

Matariki is a harvest holiday and we intend to celebrate it as such. We will strive to provide kai for audience members and accommodate everyone for a night under the stars.

Free Event – Optional Koha

⏰ Run Time: 60min, no interval

💡 This event is in our Outdoor Amphitheatre and is General Admission, which means you cannot pre-book a specific seat. You can choose where to sit when you enter the theatre.

Creating theatre that’s decadently sweet, and utterly chaotic.

Chocolate & Carnage Theatre was birthed by Meg Andrews and Mark Wilson (Ngāti Tūwharetoa). Both are award-winning actors who have an immense love for story-telling.

Mark is a professional playwright and enjoys numerous art forms such as theatre, LARP and D&D. Meg is a vibrant director and marketing guru who thrives on helping other creatives to grow in their craft.

Follow their journey on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM