Hone Kouka

Writer [Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu]

Hone Kouka studied English Literature at Otago University, then acting at Toi Whakaari. A leading figure in Māori theatre, Kouka is an acclaimed playwright (including The Prophet, which was filmed for TV in 2012). He has also written for the screen; he studied screenwriting at Amsterdam's Binger Institute, and co-wrote dance movie Born to Dance and NZ TV Award-winning Treaty of Waitangi drama Ngā Tohu: Signatures. In the mid 2000s Kouka executive produced a run of successful short films (Nature’s Way, Run) and worked in development at the NZ Film Commission, advising on films like Boy and The Orator.

...I realised there weren't many stories from my generation. I decided I wanted to write. And that is all I have done ever since. Hone Kouka, on attending drama school Toi Whakaari and being inspired to write, The Press, 10 August 2016