Show­ing for the vul­tures

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Bit­ing indige­nous satire spins a story of fa­mil­ial de­struc­tion in the vivid new play by writer Mı¯ria Ge­orge.

The Vul­tures will take Hamil­ton by storm at Play­house Theatre on Oc­to­ber 14, with a story of full of ra­zor-sharp barbs, in­spired by con­ver­sa­tions of priv­i­lege, clean wa­ter and iwi Ma¯ori nav­i­gat­ing through a post-set­tle­ment world.

Sis­ter nurse Hinemoa and her sib­lings, mag­a­zine mag­nate Atawhai and prodi­gious busi­ness­man Petera, were raised in the glow of priv­i­lege and a seem­ingly end­less sum­mer.

But long af­ter their idyl­lic child­hood at the lake, the race for wealth and em­pire have splin­tered the wha¯nau. To re­solve the mat­ter of their land the sib­lings have been called to­gether and they must agree to ex­pand the em­pire… even if it means de­stroy­ing the world in the process.

De­spite the heavy sub­ject mat­ter, The Vul­tures is a com­edy, a Ma¯ori Royal Te­nen­baums if you will, with an all-star cast of ac­tors in­clud­ing Ni­cola Kawana (best known as Huia on Short­land Street) and Te Kohe Tuhaka.

The Vul­tures, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 at Play­house Theatre - Gal­lagher Academy of Per­form­ing Arts, Univer­sity of Waikato. Tick­ets $20 - $25. For more in­for­ma­tion and book­ing visit

Ni­cola Kawana stars in The Vul­tures.

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