Terrific Tuna!



Get involved in a project that seeks to raise the profile of our incredible long fin eel (tuna).

Over the week of the Common Ground Festival, puppeteer Anna Bailey will be working on a giant tuna eel puppet for a parade on Saturday 4 March in Dowse Square.

Free sessions will include a performance of puppet show, Nan and Tuna, followed by a workshop making tuna (eel) parade puppets.

The puppet show: Nan and tuna have been friends for 70 years and now they both have one last important journey to make. But before they leave they need to find someone to care for the river. Puppets, shadows and water combine to tell the life story of NZs native long fin eel (tuna) who make their homes in our rivers. This show was originally created in 2016 for Porirua Harbour Trust with funding from the Philipp Foundation and Porirua Creative Communities.

Help Create the Giant Tuna Puppet – Free workshops
Show and workshops sessions for schools from Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March.

Please contact Mark Amery mrkamery@gmail.com for more information and to book your class in.

Public drop-in workshops after school Monday 27th February to Friday 3rd March 3:30-5:30pm.

Please contact Anna Bailey if you would like to bring a group in stringbeanpuppets@gmail.com

Free puppet show – Nan and Tuna
Saturday 4th March 11am -11:45

Tuna Parade
Saturday 4th March

Participate in the parade
12 noon – gather and pick up your puppets/flags and banners for the parade
12:30 set off towards Dowse Square
1pm Arrive at Dowse Square and parade around the square with band

If you want to watch the parade be at the Dowse Square for the Tuna’s arrival at 1pm If you have a group who would like to participate in the parade please contact Anna Bailey stringbeanpuppets@gmail.com

The performances and workshops will take place in the Lower Hutt CBD

The programme is funded by Hutt City Creative Communities.