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Through the 180 year journey of six generations of one family, pivotal moments in Aotearoa's history are brought to life.


From the arrival of the first settler ships and the gentrified Port Nicholson, to our complex war history and current day urban development, UNDERTOW is a bold and fearless journey into our country’s past, present and future.

It is the story of both Māori and Pākeha, of ordinary people who lived during extraordinary times in Aotearoa’s history, and the timeless pursuit of somewhere to call home.

Nearly two centuries of Māori-Pākehā relationship are distilled and played out against the backdrop of fictitious kāinga, Te Miti, deftly articulating universal truths about the effects of colonisation.


“Te Rākau have made a spectacle that’s vital and unlike anything being made

in Wellington, and perhaps in New Zealand, today.
It’s audacious, often beautiful and a welcome antidote to the state-of-the-nation plays that

too often avoid wrangling with the colonial pollution of New Zealand's history.

It’s an uncompromising communication of the poison that runs deep in our land, a powerful challenge

to remember a history that never stopped living, and a stirring invitation f

or us to come together, to connect, and to start healing.”
Pantograph Punch | Adam Goodall