The Court Theatre to Tour South Island Primary Schools

Projects and programmes South Island

Posted: 16 January 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA4WU

The Court Theatre’s treasured children’s show Matatihi: Maia’s Journey of Bravery is hitting the road, touring South Island primary schools in 2020!

“We’re hoping to reach children who aren’t close to theatres and for whom it isn’t easy to experience live performances, music, storytelling, puppetry and awesome costumes...” explains programmes manager Rachel Sears. 

“For the past five years we’ve only toured to Canterbury primary schools,” explains Sears. “This is a great opportunity to expose students further afield to te reo Māori and the myths and legends that relate to their home in the South Island.”

The show retells the legend of the Pouākai, with brave Maia helping this lonely bird find friendship and figure out how to fly. Beautifully brought to life through music, puppetry, kapa haka, waiata and te reo Māori, this show inspires young people to be bold, proud of what makes them different and to carve their own path in the world.

“It’s a story of friendship, overcoming adversity and believing in yourself, which are great messages for all children to be exposed to,” says Sears. “This feels like a story that belongs to the whole South Island, which is why it’s so exciting to be going on tour.”                              


  • 11–15 May – Timaru, Geraldine, Ōamaru, Dunedin
  • 18–22 May – Dunedin, Invercargill, Gore, Alexandra
  • 25–29 May – Alexandra, Queenstown, Cromwell, Wānaka
  • 2–5 June – Hokitika, Greymouth, Westport
  • 8–12 June – Nelson, Blenheim, Picton, Kaikōura.


  • $600 for audiences up to 120
  • Audiences over 120 – $5 per additional child
  • Audiences over 300 – no additional charge
  • Maximum audience numbers for one show – 350
  • No charge for teachers and school staff.

Book now!

Events summary

South Island

11 May 2020 – 12 June 2020