O le ala ile pule, o le tautua – The pathway to leadership is to serve
Becoming the Chief of the aiga (family) is a great honour with even greater responsibility – one that Lui is struggling to take on as he questions the relevance of Samoan culture in New Zealand.
Becoming a Matai is not an honour Lui wants. He was raised in New Zealand but must learn the value of his Samoan roots. Matai explores one young man’s journey to find a balance between traditional and modern life.
"At the feeling heart of this heartfelt piece is a deeply held pride in Samoan culture and it is the indomitable strength of this cultural conviction which both shapes and colours the world we enter."
Lin Clark, Theatreview
Cast & Creatives
Mikaele Manuia - Matai’a Salatielu (Sala) Tiatia
Malia Manuia - Gaseilevao Faletolu-Toavia
Lui Manuia - Peniamina Sofai
Masina Manuia - Faith Saimoa Taula
Jonah Manuia - Moresby Peseta
Co-Writer/Producer/Director - Sela Faletolu-Fasi
Co-Writer/Co-Director/Choreographer - Silivelio Fasi
Music Director - Vai Punivai
Co-Producer/Stage Manager - Rainer Tuakalau-Prouting
Stage Manager/Operator - Ashlyn Smith