Destiny Bay

Destiny Bay is an historical music/theatre production based on interaction between Maori and European whalers in the mid 1800’s.


Programme Philosophy
To introduce students to aspects of New Zealand life in the mid 1800’s, with special emphasis on the positive early interaction and mutual respect between Maori and European whalers. To involve students in performing arts and traditional crafts.

Programme Outcomes
At the performance and through study of the complimentary resource kit students will:

Learn about interaction between Maori and European whalers

Learn about aspects of Maori and whaling culture

Learn new Pakeha and Maori songs and dances

Learn how to make and play traditional Maori instruments

Learn about aspects of performing arts production

This programme provides strong contributions to the various strands in the disciplines of music, dance, drama and visual arts in the Arts curriculum as well as making strong contributions to strands in the social studies curriculum.

Programme Description
Destiny Bay takes the form of a multi-discipline music/theatre piece written for primary/intermediate age students. It tells the story of a young European whaler whose adventures paint a vivid picture of life in New Zealand during the mid 1800’s. The lively presentation includes new and traditional songs, dance and instrumentals. Three traditional Maori instruments (the tumutumu, porotiti and koauau) and three traditional Irish instruments (the uilleann pipes, harp and fiddle) are discussed and included in the performance.

Students participate through singing and actions and volunteers are invited to act and dance.

The writing of this programme and the extensive resource kit has been made possible by the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Sealord.

Programme Length
The performance usually lasts around 50 minutes, set up takes around 20 minutes.

The following preparation will contribute to the success of the performance: Look at students’ ancestry, how many can trace their ancestry back to the mid-1800’s? Talk about what happens at a concert, i.e. listening, showing appreciation, etc.

Resource Kit
The complimentary resource kit includes a step by step guide on how to produce the show at school, script, lyrics and score, suggestions for dance, actions and staging. Full and vocal-less versions are provided on a CD, with cuing instructions for live performance. Craft projects include the construction of traditional Maori instruments.

Download Resource Kit


All material © Bob Bickerton 2012