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Grant Roa


Porirua-raised Grant Roa made his mark in athletics and martial arts, before returning to another childhood passion in his 20s: acting. Award-nominated for playing Pai’s uncle in Whale Rider, Roa has also acted in sketch show Facelift and dramas The Hothouse and The Lost Children. In 2012, working with Laurence Alexander, he produced his first feature: music doco Shihad: Beautiful Machine.

... as Porourangi's brother Rawiri, Grant Roa makes an indelible, funny impression as he teaches Pai some stick-fighting techniques. Mark Caro, reviewing Whale Rider in the Chicago Tribune, 16 December 2008