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Rawiri Paratene

Actor, Presenter, Writer [Ngāpuhi]

Actor, writer and director Rawiri Paratene, ONZM, first sprang into the public eye on the iconic Play School and comedy shows like Joe and Koro. In 1999 he played gangmember Mulla Rota in the sequel to Once Were Warriors, and four years later was seen around the globe as the stubborn grandfather in Whale Rider. In 2010 he won further acclaim after starring in movie The Insatiable Moon.

I still think it’s not too late for us to be bilingual. I still dream of a country that teaches Maori from five up, compulsory in all schools.[...] It might not be in my lifetime, but it might be in my great grandchildren’s lifetime. Rawiri Paratene

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Interview

Rawiri Paratene: From Play School to Whale Rider...

Interview, 2010

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Golden Boy - First Episode

2019, The Ex-Mayor - Television

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Golden Boy

2018 - 2020, As: The Ex Mayor - Television

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Funny Girls - NZ Suffragette Special

2018, As: Āpirana Ngata - Television

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Golden Boy (Comedy Pilot Week)

2018, As: Mitch's Dad - Television

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Ngā Tamatoa: 40 Years On

2012, Presenter - Television

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What Really Happened - Waitangi

2011, As: Te Kemera Kaiteke - Television

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The Insatiable Moon

2010, As: Arthur - Film

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 2 - The Whole World's Watching

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 6 - A Sense of Identity

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 7 - Taonga TV

2010, Subject - Television

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in beTWEEN - Politics

2010, Subject - Television

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Barry Barclay: The Camera on the Shore

2009, Subject - Film

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Poppy

2009, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Roof Rattling

2009, Executive Producer - Short Film

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The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia

2008, As: Mr Tupaia - Short Film

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This is Her

2008, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Kōrero Mai - Series Five, Episode One

2007, Co-Director - Television

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Frontseat - Who Can Play Māori

2006, Subject - Television

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Taonga

2005, Actor - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Nicaragua (Rawiri Paratene)

2005, Presenter - Television

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Fracture

2004, As: Judge Broughton - Film

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Kōrero Mai

2004 - ongoing, Director, Writer - Television

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Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

2003, Subject - Television

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Hard Out - First Episode

2003, As: Gran Pekapeka - Television

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The Last Laugh

2002, Subject - Television

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Whale Rider

2002, As: Koro - Film

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Love Mussel

2001, As: Matt Kutu - Television

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Duggan

1999, As: Mita - Television

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The Day Morris Left

1999, As: Morris - Short Film

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Accidents

1999, As: Tamati - Short Film

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

1999, As: Mulla Rota - Film

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Ōtara - Defying the Odds

1998, Subject - Television

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Witi Ihimaera

1997, As: Tamihana - Television

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For Arts Sake - Waiora

1996, Subject - Television

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A Summer Place

1995, Subject - Television

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Dead Certs

1995, Writer, As: Hare - Television

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Shortland Street

2001 - 2002, As: Joe Hudson - Television

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Opo

1991, Writer, As: Friend of Opo - Television

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More Issues

1991 - 1992, Writer, As: Various roles - Television

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More Issues - A Compilation

1991, Writer, As: Various characters - Television

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The Billy T James Show (sitcom) - excerpts

1990, As: Don - Television

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E Tipu E Rea - Te Moemoea (The Dream)

1989, Director - Television

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E Tipu e Rea - Variations on a Theme

1989, As: Storyteller, Writer - Television

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Erua

1988, Writer - Television

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Arriving Tuesday

1986, As: Riki, Additional script - Film

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Footrot Flats

1986, As: Rangi - Film

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Country GP - Tim's Commie Dad

1984, Writer - Television

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Loose Enz - If the Cat Laps

1982, As: Polynesian model consumer - Television

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Play School - Presenter Compilation

1980 - 1987, Presenter - Television

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Joe and Koro - High Society

1977, As: Koro - Television

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The Governor

1977, Actor - Television

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The Governor - The Lame Seagull (Episode Five)

1977, As: Hamiora - Television

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Joe and Koro

1976 - 1978, As: Koro - Television

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Play School

1972 - 1990, Presenter - Television