Peter Burger

Director [Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne]

Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger has directed a run of TV movies, including true story drama Until Proven Innocent, which won five Qantas Awards. Burger got his own awards for What Really Happened: Waitangi, a 2002 episode of Mataku, and co-directing docudrama Erebus: Operation Overdue. From an editing background, he won early success directing adverts, short Turangawaewae (which played at the Cannes Film Festival) and mockumentary Fish Skin Suit. Since then he has helmed TV movies Field Punishment No 1 and Resolve, and episodes of The Cult and The Dead Lands. He was profiled for a 2006 episode of Kete Aronui.

A good day is a day when I have created something at work that makes me feel emotional in some way, and then at home, the family can make it through the evening without getting too emotional. Peter Burger in an interview with Te Karaka, July 2013