When Niarra (palawa) and Te Umuroa (Māori) come across the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger, their only option is to hide it in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Keen conservationists and best friends, Niarra and Te Umuroa are checking their bush cams one weekend and spot a Tasmanian Tiger. He reveals himself to the duo and leads them to a cave filled with ancient palawa art. A world of magic opens up for them as they quickly escape the clutches of some determined hunters  to set sail for Aotearoa. But the journey has its challenges when they are visited by Māori Gods and palawa spirits who become obstacles for the two voyagers, opening them up to a surreal display of culture and belonging.

Forced to face their own culture’s differences and similarities, the voyagers, with Tigs the Tassie Tiger at the helm, arrive in Aotearoa where their lives are changed forever.

This brand new First Nations collaboration for kids is currently in development for premiere in 2021.


Nathan Maynard (palawa) & Jamie McCaskill (Māori)

Isaac Drandic (Noongar)

Set Designer
Jane Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)

Sound Designer & Cultural Advisor
Maaka McGregor (Māori)

Lighting Designer
Mark Howett (Noongar)

AV Designer
Keith Deverell

Costume Designer
Sabio Evans

Assistant Director & Cultural Advisor
Nathan Maynard (palawa)

Associate Designer & Design palawa Guide
Denni Proctor (palawa)

Additional Cultural Advisor
Maakarita Paku

Melodie Reynolds-Diarra (Wangkathaa), Reuben Hohepa Butler (Māori), Tibian Wyles (Girramay & Kalkadoon), Zak Thomas Martin (Māori) and Najwa Adams-Ebel (Birri-Gubba)

Produced by
Tasmania Performs

Information for Presenters

Stage Three – 2019 Creative Development

This work is being developed throughout 2019, with creative developments in Hobart in October and Wellington, New Zealand, in December.

The work will premiere in Sydney in January 2021 – be get in touch to discuss other future presentations.

Annette Downs Senior Producer
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Project Partners & Acknowledgements

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Ten Days on the Island, Sydney Festival and Melbourne Festival; the the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania; and the New Zealand Government through Creative NZ.

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