Party with the Aunties | Wow Productions

Party with the Aunties

14 to 24 November 2019
The festival hit created by Erina Daniels and Company comes home to a venue near you!

Directed & Co-Created by Erina Daniels


Awhina-Rose Henare Ashby 

Jamie McCaskill

Matariki Whatarau

It's Uncle Angus' 50th birthday, and the whole whanau are invited!

Nau Mai! Haere Mai!

Coming to a venue near you, Party with the Aunties is a celebration of a Kiwi family, with a good singalong vibe... you may see someone you recognise.

This original NZ work was created by Mosgiel-born Erina Daniels and the original cast of 2011. It has since toured to many regions and festivals including Nelson, Christchurch and Taranaki Arts festivals, and has enjoyed representing theatre of Aotearoa at the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts, in Guam.

Party with the Aunties takes place in local clubs, bars and community halls. You are invited to be a guest at Uncle Angus’ 50th birthday party; the show will happen around you.

This feel-good show is the perfect way to celebrate the start of Summer!


Thur 14th  7.30pm Carisbrook Hotel 149 South Rd

Fri 15th   7.30pm The Octagon Club 9 The Octagon 

Sat 16th   7.30pm The Octagon Club 9 The Octagon

Sun 17th  2pm Macandrew Bay Hall 1 Greenacre Street - CANCELLED

Wed 20th  7.30pm North East Valley Bowling Club 139 North Road

Thur 21th  7.30pm Taieri Bowling Club 12 Wickliffe St Mosgiel

Fri 22nd  7.30pm Golden Fleece 198 Main Road Waikouaiti

Sat 23nd  7.30pm Waitati Hall 26 Harvey Street, Waitati

Sun 24th 2pm Macandrew Bay Hall 1 Greenacre Street

Booking information

Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm, Sundays 2pm  (no show Mon-Tues)

Run-time approx 1 hour 20min

Tickets can be booked directly at

Door sales available at the venue 30mins in advance of the show only - unless sold-out prior. Please note venues have limited capacity and we cannot guarantee door sales will be available.

Concession $18 Full Price $25

Children under 15 free

Party with the Aunties was made for adults, but can be enjoyed by all ages.


“The play was a wickedly funny celebration of New Zealand life, an extraordinary gift to us as a community."  - David Groves, Paekakariki Xpressed

“They give us an evening of laughter, with many touching moments as members of the family reunite, encounter, agree to differ and go their ways, all interlaced with song and guitar.”  - Sunny Amey, Theatreview

"It’s a relaxed and relaxing show, under the smart direction of Erina Daniels, and though it seems casually performed it isn’t... played with broad, sympathetic character strokes by a trio of hugely attractive, charismatic and talented performers"  -Laurie Atkinson

Director's Notes

"My Mum’s family, my Pakeha whakapapa – is from Otago and Clutha Southland. My Dad, like many other Maori men, had chased the shearing season from the North Island to the South Island – where he met my Mum, and grew a strong family. I was born in Mosgiel, and raised in a small country town further south.

We worked hard and played hard. At our parties, my Uncles would be stomping their wool-socked feet to keep rhythm as they played guitars. And my Aunties would sing song after song – they knew all the words.

Party with the Aunties is about being together – and trying to enjoy each other, whilst we’re at it. It’s about being reminded to enjoy, because of each other; and to be hearty and cheeky as we get on with it.

Although the show has played to many Aunties and their families throughout NZ and beyond, Party with the Aunties has yet to show to the Aunties, Uncles and Cuzzies it was originally inspired from.

After 8 years of testing the show out on the road, we’re bringing the Party home!  Come round!"  

-Director and Co-Creator Erina Daniels

About the Performers

Awhina-Rose Henare Ashby

Awhina-Rose grew up in a small place situated in the Bay of Islands called Motatau with te reo Māori as her first language. She graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2012. Since then she has taken on a range of roles on stage and screen, including; a Māori language version of Troilus and Cressida (2011-12) directed by Rachel House at the Globe Theatre and 2015 NZ Festival production Marama by The Conch Theatre Company.

Ashby made her feature film debut in the ensemble drama Waru, playing 'Em' directed by Katie Wolfe, which debuted at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival. 

Jessica Sanderson, director and writer of Ways To See, wrote the part of 'The Woman In Black' specifically with Awhina-Rose which was selected for NZIFF Nga Whanaunga Māori Pasifika short films.

Ashby continues to share her comedic talents on the Māori Television hit The Ring Inz.

Matariki Whatarau

Matariki has been kept busy since graduating from Toi Whakaari in 2009. He starred as bachelor George Alpert in the Maori TV mockumentary series Find Me a Maori Bride, other notable projects include the feature film The Pa Boys, Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands, and the New Zealand International Film Festival-selected short film Friday Tigers. His TV appearances include The Almighty Johnsons and Go Girls. 

A respected theatre practitioner, Matariki was named best newcomer at the Fringe Festival Awards in 2010. In 2012 he travelled to Canada to perform the title role in the award winning solo show I, George Nepia.

Matariki comes to Dunedin fresh from multiple international tours with the highly successful Modern Māori Quartet

Jamie McCaskill

 Jamie began his acting career at UCOL in Palmerston North and has appeared onstage throughout NZ. In 2006 he performed at the Victoria Arts Centre and Sydney Opera House in the Capital E production of Hinepau. 

As a playwright Jamie’s first play Wassup Bro? won the ‘Hot New Thing’ award at the NZ Fringe Awards 2003. Jamie received the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award in 2013.Jamie co-founded Tikapa Productions, a Māori Theatre company based in Wellington, with Kali Kopae. Tikapa have produced shows such as Manawa, The Moa Show, Not in our Neighbourhood and The Biggest and are the team behind popular showband The Māori Sidesteps.

Jamie was last seen in Dunedin performing with critically acclaimed The Māori Sidesteps, an audience favourite at Arts Festival Dunedin 2018 

About the Director

Erina Daniels

"Enjoys working on good projects with good people"

As a director, Erina enjoys making robust, durable, enjoyable shows - enjoyable for the audience/guests and for the performers of it. Party with the Aunties is still an audience feel good favourite, touring nationally and internationally since 2011; and the critically acclaimed Shot Bro continues to tour throughout Aotearoa.

Some of her work highlights include workshopping and then later acting in Albert Belz's Yours Truly, workshopping and then later directing Mitch Tawhi Thomas's Hui and directing the 2018 Te Reo Maori tour of 'Hine Kihawai' to Kura Kaupapa for Taki Rua. Erina is also an acclaimed actor, who has worked throughout NZ.

Erina has most recently articulated her vision  “…to develop and present high-quality theatre and live events, that will entertain and excite audiences –stimulating awareness, discussion and conscious action.”

We are also very pleased to present Party with the Aunties, our second show of four in our season, in partnership with MediaWorks.