Marc Taddei conducted the ensemble, drawn from members of the Wellington Orchestra. There are two more performances, March 17 and 18.
Despite the opera’s upbeat conclusion, the story of Maori suffering is hardly at an end. A United Nations report last year noted the “extreme disadvantage in the social and economic conditions of Maori people in comparison to the rest of New Zealand society.” The report also said that Maoris, who make up about 15 percent of the population, account for 51 percent of those in prison.
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