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Rawiri Paratene ONZM (born 1954) is a New Zealand stage and screen actor, director and writer. He is known for his acting roles in Whale Rider (2002) and The Insatiable Moon (2010).
Paratene was born in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1954, and is of Nga Puhi descent.
Paratene initially struggled with reading and writing at school, but went on to be the first Maori graduate of the New Zealand Drama School.
As a young student in the 1970s, Paratene was a member of Nga Tamatoa, an activist organisation which fought for Maori rights, land, language and culture. Paratene was President of the Wellington chapter. Today, working in the arts, Paratene aspires to have more Maori stories on film.