Nga Tangata Toa
The play was first presented in Wellington in 1994. It is set on a marae on the East Coast in 1919, when a soldier returns from the war. He is seen as a hero, but is weary of war. With his wife he visits Paikea, a rangatira. Paikea's niece welcomes him, but hopes he will help her gain revenge for the murder of her father. The play was based on Henrik Ibsen's play 'The Warriors at Helgeland'.
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