Nearly ninety years ago on a New Zealand market garden, two families, one Māori and the other Chinese, became part of a romance that would uproot their lives over generations.

Layered with myth and fable, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is a moving story about a mixed-up, Māori-Chinese love affair that sprouts among rows of potatoes. Told in a rich mixture of English, Māori and Cantonese, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is the debut, award-winning play by Māori-Chinese playwright Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen.

Loosely based on the story of her grandparents' relationship, this is a story about history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance needed to grow families.

Premiered at Q at the Auckland Arts Festival 2015, The Mooncake and the Kūmara went on to sold out seasons around the country including Nelson, Tauranga and Taranaki Arts Festivals. Don’t miss this return season to Q Loft.

Produced by The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts and Betsy & Mana Productions.

Co-produced by the Auckland Arts Festival and premiered at Auckland Arts Festival 2015.


“Delightful, funny and moving” (National Business Review)

“a charming celebration of the lingual diversity in New Zealand” (TEARAWAY)

“completely disarming” (RADIO NEW ZEALAND)