Rena Owen is a New Zealand film, theatre and television actress. She is of Maori, Torres Strait Islander and Pakeha descent. Owen is best known in the lead role of Beth Heke in Lee Tamahori's cult 1994 film Once Were Warriors and its sequels . The role earned Owen a number of awards including Best Actress at the Montreal World Film Festival and San Diego International Film Festival. She earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the AFI Awards for her role as Rix in the 1998 film Dance Me to My Song, directed by Rolf de Heer. Her recurring role as Hine Ryan in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, saw her win the Aoteora Film and Television Award for "Best Supporting Actress".