Musical theater superstar returns to ARONUI ARTS FESTIVAL



Musical theater superstar returns to ARONUI ARTS FESTIVAL with ‘HARDCASE HORI HOUSIE ‘

Ready? Eyes down ! Because there’s a new flash game in town!

Join cheeky host and acclaimed artist Rutene Spooner (Super Hugh Man) – backed by the country’s most prominent house group The Doughboys – as it calls out a night of harsh Maori humor and classic kiwi tunes as you spin, win and smile through a Housie game like never before!

“Hardcase Hori Housie is so housie and cabaret had a baby. I realized I wanted to do something that brings the community together [and] remind us of the values ​​of the village, ”says Spooner, as Housie is often used to raise funds for a good cause like upgrading the facilities at the local marae.

“Bingo, you play for money. Housie, you play for the game,” he said, remembering his grandmother. calls home, if she heard she would turn over in her grave, really! ”he laughs.

Hardcase Hori Housie has warm honey tones, rib-cracking fun, and a kete packed with prizes, so grab a dozen of your closest cuzzies, pour yourself a sherry, and grab a saussie roll or two. As you feel the tension build up, line them up, down, side to side. Sweaty for this latest issue online!

This is the Maori way of playing a Hori Housie Hardcase game – just like a bingo game, only in brown.

The show is presented as part of the 2021 program of the ARONUI Arts Festival, with two performances on Friday September 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday September 18 at 6 p.m. The show lasts two hours and includes live music, laughs, kai, and of course, a housie game (or 10). There are several prizes to be won, including a pack of meat, free tickets to the ARONUI shows and of course, cookies to dip into this delicious cup of gumboot tea… ahhh!

Tickets are limited and can be purchased in person at the Rotorua i-site, or online via. our website at

Rutene Spooner (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theater from NASDA. Since making his professional theater debut as an intern at the Court Theater in 2009, the singer, actor and host has toured nationally and internationally for various theater and corporate entertainment companies.

Aside from her busy schedule, Rutene also works as a director, producer and vocal and performance coach. Rutene is a proud member of Te Kapa Haka of Whāngara-Mai-Tawhiti.

ARONUI is an 11-day Indigenous all-arts festival from September 9 to 19 and is now in its third year. The festival is hosted by the new ARONUI Arts Festival Charitable Trust, run by descendants of Ngāti Whakaue and Te Arawa, alongside award-winning, world-class artists.

ARONUI Arts Festival is supported by the Rotorua Lakes Council, Creative NZ, Bay Trust, Rotorua Trust, Te Arawa FM, Steambox Film Collective, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Te Tatau O Te Arawa, Te Puni Kōkiri, and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

For tickets and the official ARONUI 2021 program,

go to:

For tickets for Friday September 17 at 7 p.m.:

For tickets until Saturday, September 18 at 6 p.m.:

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