The Little Kowhai Tree

By Peter Wilson

Directed by Jacqueline Coats & Music by Laughton Patrick

Little Kowhai Tree is a magical story of how things grow. Seeds are planted, green shoots begin to appear and Little Kowhai Tree begins her journey of growing up.

Children in the audience meet Little Kowhai’s friends. Friends who help her grow such as Sun, Moon and Rain. Worm, who looks after the soil around Little Kowhai’s roots. Bee and Tui who work hard looking after Little Kowhai’s blossom, and Ruru, the Morepork, who guards Little Kowhai during the night.

The story is told and sung in both English and Te Reo Māori. Worm and Tui take the children on a wonderful journey to discover the colours, textures, sounds and creatures of Little Kowhai’s growing.

Full of music, sounds, song and action, Little Kowhai is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young children, performed in the intimacy of your centre, classroom or school hall. Little Kowhai is not only entertaining, it is also a great learning experience for young audiences.



“I just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful performance today. It was our first foray into live performances with my 3 year old and she had a ball. I was so impressed with the audience participation, the performers had those kids eating out of the palms of their hands. We’ll definitely check out future shows!” – A Jensen

“Went to a performance on Monday in Paekakariki (18th July 2016) – it was absolutely fantastic, and my 16 month old loved it! Was talking about the bees, and birds (Tui and Morepork) for the rest of the afternoon. I was also really impressed that I was engaged and enjoyed it as well. Am signing up for the newsletter so I can hear about future performances!” – A Williams

“We had your team visit the centre last Thursday and perform the Little Kowhai Tree show and we just wanted to say how fantastic it was! The children absolutely loved the show and were mesmerized by it, it was a really fantastic show! Thank you so much for visiting the centre.” – Stevie, Marlborough St Childcare Centre

“…. to let you know this was an amazing show for our children that they experienced today.  We have kowhai trees here and the yellow seeds have often been the fascination of many children, and we’ve also grown trees ourselves from seed with the children. It was a lovely way for them to see the needs of the tree being met and how the birds and seasons played such an important role in the life cycle of the kowhai tree. We all loved it and thank you so much for such an awesome show ” – S Bruton, Feilding Kindergarten

“I would just like to pass on our thanks.  The show was absolutely fantastic, the children were involved and engaged from start to finish. They were spellbound with the fantastic puppets, the singing and the show itself.  The performers did really well, they were able to get the children participating and then settle them again just as quickly, something that is not easily done with a group of small children!  We would also like to say a big thank-you to Hutt City Creative Communities NZ, without their support it would not have been possible for our children to see this fantastic show. Well done to all those involved 🙂 ” – T. Powell, Taita Central School ccs_logo_hutt

“Thought I would share a comment one of our wee boys shared with dad on their long walk home.  That was the bestest day of my whole life!”  He went onto tell dad all about the worms, rats, birds etc in such detail.  Dad was very impressed.” – Jan, Sunshine Kindergarten

“I’m an outdoor teacher at Wa Ora Preschool and just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your performance this morning – the Tamariki loved you guys, and your message about the real-life magic of seeds and native wildlife was awesome.  The Little Kowhai Tree was a superb show about the wonders to be found in nature, well done 🙂 ” – B. MacGibbon, Wa Ora Montessori School

“Just thought I’d drop you a line to say how much the libraries around the region enjoyed your show.  We had a meeting last Friday, where we looked at the Librarians Evaluations of the Entertainer tours. One library said it was ‘The BEST ever in 20 years!’”  – Library ECREAD’N Tour 2016/2017


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