About Us

Mana Little Theatre is based in the vibrant seaside village of Plimmerton, a stones-throw away from the Tasman Sea.

Plimmerton was once a weekend holiday retreat for families living and working in Wellington city, but over the past 30 years has increasingly become a dormitory suburb of the capital, with residents who seek space, a better climate and the feeling of a village but an easy commute to the city.

The theatre group’s first public production was at the end of July 1959, with a season of one act plays. Planning had started some months earlier when two local mothers decided the seaside village needed some cultural activities, called a public meeting, and the group was formed.

For many years Mana Little Theatre performed in the Plimmerton Pavilion, with clubrooms in what was fondly known as ‘the hut’, an old classroom opposite Plimmerton’s fish and chip shop, and now the site of a community park. In the late 1970s, the old RSA rooms at the rear of the Pavilion were made available to the theatre to use as clubrooms - and it wasn’t long before 'The Studio' became home to Mana Little Theatre with nearly every production since being performed there.

The theatre now stages three or four plays every year, has a strong contingent of directors and keen actors ready to act, and also hosts jazz or blues concerts several times a year. It has launched the careers of a few professional actors and many of the current participants are active in the local film industry.


On behalf of the Committee we are sorry to announce the death of our much loved and stalwart member, John Wilce, after a short illness on Friday 3rd March 2017. He was a much loved and respected member of our Committee, totally reliable, quietly getting on with the job and - despite what he thought - very definitely NOT just a set builder! He was a real gentleman and will be very much missed by us all.

In 2013, John received the Queen's Service Medal for services to golf and the community. Below is a photo of John receiving this honour from Sir Jerry Mataparae, then Governor-General.

Phone: +64 4 233 1127 Address: Sunset Parade, Plimmerton, New Zealand Email: mltcommittee@gmail.com