A child has died and Shardae, mother of the child, is held guilty until proven otherwise. 

A power-hungry lawyer, Khan Te Ahi Richards, is reluctantly dragged into the case to defend the mother as the whānau close ranks. And rumbling from beneath is Rūaumoko, god of earthquakes and unborn children. Now the mother, the lawyer and the wayward ones are all in search of an answer – who took the life of baby Ara?

Challenging and thought-provoking, Bless the Child is a story of life and death, good versus evil. In an unflinching look at our society through a Māori lens, it uncovers the truth of our shared humanity – to protect the child.


Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and Tawata Productions


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"A fluid, disturbing, intense and very, very real production that brought tears, touched on nerves and, despite being embedded in it, transcended culture and explanation" on Stuff

"The idea came from my mother ... She said 'We are hurting our children'." Hone Kouka and Mīria George talk to Lynn Freeman on Standing Room Only

"Most people have come out of it going, 'Oh, I felt uplifted brother, I can do something about this myself', and that to me is the best thing," Hone Kouka on Stuff.

"Bless the Child will appeal to people who like great theatre — those who like really strong, emotive and kicking narrative as well," Hone Kouka in the New Zealand Herald.



Contains nudity, strong language and violence


Adult A
$49.00
Adult B
$39.00

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Hannah Playhouse

2hrs 45mins (incl. interval)

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