Rawiri Paratene Movies and Career Information

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Hokianga
Actor

Rawiri Paratene is an accomplished actor on stage and screen in New Zealand. Born in Hokianga, Paratene is from the Maori tribe 'iwi' of Nga Puhi. Paratene has appeared in a large number of television, stage and film roles. He is also a theatrical director and writer for film, television and theatre. He is also a published poet. Paratene is best known internationally for his role in the New Zealand film Whale Rider (2002), in which he played the male lead, Koro alongside Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes and Cliff Curtis. Paratene is one of New Zealand's best known and versatile actors, starting his career on television as a children's presenter on Play School and in a sitcom, Joe and Koro. He guest starred in the 6th season of Xena Warrior Princess, in episode "Legacy". Paratene played Joe Hudson on the New Zealand television series Shortland Street. He is an actor, director and writer and appeared as Friar Lawrence in the 2009 London Globe Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet. As a young student in the 1970s, Paratene was a member of Nga Tamatoa an activist organisation which fought for Maori rights, land, language and culture. Paratene was President of the

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