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Rawiri Paratene is a Actor Néo-Zélandais born on 1 january 1954 at Hokianga

Rawiri Paratene

Rawiri Paratene
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Nationality Nouvelle zelande
Birth 1 january 1954 (69 years) at Hokianga

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.

Best films

Whale Rider (2003)

Usually with

Pete Smith
Pete Smith
(3 films)
Niki Caro
Niki Caro
(1 films)
Ian Mune
Ian Mune
(2 films)
Cliff Curtis
Cliff Curtis
(2 films)
Brett Leonard
Brett Leonard
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Rawiri Paratene (11 films)

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The Insatiable Moon, 1h39
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Rawiri Paratene, Sara Wiseman, Ian Mune, Jason Hoyte
Roles Arthur
Rating66% 3.3307153.3307153.3307153.3307153.330715
Arthur is a Māori man, who sees himself as the second son of God, and works to enlighten those around him. Arthur is considered mentally ill, and lives in a Ponsonby boarding house, operated by the foul-mouthed but hard-working house manager Bob. His friends at the boarding house all have their share of problems, and view Arthur as a role model in many ways.
The Secret of the Whales, 2h50
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Veronica Ferres, Christophe Lambert, Rawiri Paratene, Fritz Karl, Mario Adorf, Sean Michael
Roles Amiri Mamoe
Rating50% 2.5259552.5259552.5259552.5259552.525955
Une jeune fille en difficulté retrouve un père passionné par la défense des baleines.
Bride Flight
Directed by Ben Sombogaart
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Karina Smulders, Waldemar Torenstra, Anna Drijver, Rutger Hauer, Pleuni Touw, Elise Schaap
Roles Old Mosie
Rating69% 3.497153.497153.497153.497153.49715
En 1953, un avion de la KLM gagne la course The Last Great Air Race. Comme des dizaines de jeunes femmes sont à bord pour émigrer en Nouvelle-Zélande, rejoindre leur fiancé et s'y marier, le vol est rebaptisé Bride Flight.
Man-Thing (2005)
, 1h37
Directed by Brett Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about education, Environmental films, Films about racism, Natural horror films, Giant monster films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Disaster films
Actors Matthew Le Nevez, Rachael Taylor, Jack Thompson, Conan Stevens, Rawiri Paratene, Alex O'Loughlin
Roles Pete Horn
Rating41% 2.0553852.0553852.0553852.0553852.055385
At Dark Waters, a Native American sacred land containing an enigmatic swamp spirit, a teenager is murdered by a plant-like monster. The following day, young replacement sheriff Kyle Williams reaches Bywater and meets with deputy sheriff Fraser, who tells him the previous sheriff is among 47 missing persons since oil tycoon Fred Schist bought the ancient tribal lands from shaman and Seminole chieftain Ted Sallis, the first to disappear. Schist claimed Sallis had sold legally and escaped with the money, and asked the sheriff for help: Local protestors opposed his perfectly legal activities, and mestizo scoundrel Renee Laroque was sabotaging his facilities. Williams investigated this while trying to find an explanation for the missing people, some of which were found brutally murdered with plants growing from inside their bodies. Photographer Mike Ploog and shaman Pete Horn tell Williams local legends about the guardian spirit, suggesting that it could be real.
Attack of the Sabretooth, 1h32
Directed by George Trumbull Miller
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Natural horror films, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Giant monster films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Robert Carradine, Nicholas Bell, Stacy Haiduk, Brian Wimmer, Rawiri Paratene, Cleopatra Coleman
Roles Sachariah
Rating27% 1.376661.376661.376661.376661.37666
On a remote island, a Primal Park security guard enters a locked restricted area, where a sabre-tooth cat kills him. As Alan performs an inspection, Niles takes his ex-brother-in-law Grant and Autumn to a hotel where other investors are waiting. Security guards Savannah and Sundip ignore an alert on a gate, but Alan insists on checking it. College students Kirk, Alaina, Robbie, Alys, and Collette arrive to complete a scavenger hunt, and Niles takes them to the hotel.
Whale Rider, 1h41
Directed by Niki Caro
Origin Nouvelle zelande
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Feminist films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Cétacé, Political films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Keisha Castle-Hugues, Rawiri Paratene, Cliff Curtis, Vicky Haughton, Tammy Davis, Rachel House
Roles Koro
Rating74% 3.7481253.7481253.7481253.7481253.748125
The film's plot follows the story of Paikea Apirana ("Pai") In the book, her name is Kahu, short for Kahutia Te Rangi. The leader should be the first-born grandson – a direct patrilineal descendant of Paikea, aka Kahutia Te Rangi in the book, the Whale Rider – he who rode on top of a whale from Hawaiki. However, Pai is female and technically cannot inherit the leadership. While her grandfather, Koro, later forms an affectionate bond with his granddaughter, carrying her to school every day on his bicycle, he also condemns her and blames her for conflicts happening within the tribe. At one point Paikea decides to leave with her father because her grandfather is mistreating her. However she finds that she cannot bear to leave the sea as the whale seems to be calling her back, she tells her father to turn the car back and returns home. Pai's father refuses to assume traditional leadership; instead he moves to Germany to pursue a career as an artist. Pai herself is interested in the leadership, learning traditional songs and dances, but is given little encouragement by her grandfather. Pai feels that she can become the leader, although there's no precedent for a woman to do so, and is determined to succeed.
The Legend of Johnny Lingo, 1h31
Genres Action, Adventure
Actors George Henare, Rawiri Paratene, David Fane, Daniel Logan, Rene Naufahu, Pete Smith
Roles Malio Chief
Rating61% 3.0633953.0633953.0633953.0633953.063395
Lorsqu'une tempête emporte un canot transportant un jeune garçon à terre sur une petite île du Pacifique Sud, il est d'abord bien accueilli comme un cadeau du ciel, au point même que le chef de tribu l'adopte comme successeur. Cependant, avec le temps, alors que les difficultés sont imputées à Tama (comme il est nommé), il est finalement banni pour vivre avec les personnes les plus pauvres de l'île, Mahana et son père ivre. Mahana est considérée comme accueillante et indésirable, mais Tama se sent différemment, alors quand il sera assez vieux pour construire un bateau pour s'enfuir, il jure de revenir la chercher un jour. Un coup de chance l'amène à débarquer sur l'île du légendaire Johnny Lingo, le commerçant le plus riche des îles, et après des années à son service, Tama a beaucoup appris sur la vie et sur lui-même alors qu'il rêve d'honorer son engagement envers Mahana.
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, 1h38
Directed by Ian Mune
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about domestic violence, Gangster films
Actors Temuera Morrison, Nancy Brunning, Julian Arahanga, Rena Owen, Tammy Davis, Lawrence Makoare
Roles Mulla Rota
Rating63% 3.150923.150923.150923.150923.15092
Jake "the Muss" Heke is now fighting to save his son Sonny from a gang lifestyle after his eldest son, Nig, is killed in a gangland shootout. Jake goes through a period of hopelessness as he tries to restore his family to a functioning state after his anger, drinking, and violence (depicted in the first film) tore them apart. He still has trouble accepting the old traditional ways of the Māori people, but he begins to realise the importance of family and regrets what his former actions have done to them. Towards the end of the film, Jake does his best to reconcile with his family, even going so far as to save his son's life despite great personal risk to himself. This action, along with several others, serve to highlight Jake's changing characteristics.
Rapa Nui
Rapa Nui (1994)
, 1h47
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Jason Scott Lee, Esai Morales, Sandrine Holt, Cliff Curtis, George Henare, Rawiri Paratene
Roles Priest
Rating63% 3.1981253.1981253.1981253.1981253.198125
There are two classes of people; Long Ears and Short Ears. Long Ears, marked by large wooden plugs in their ear lobes and a certain tattoo, are the ruling class. The working-class Short ears have no ear plugs and a different tattoo. Young men from each Long Ear tribe compete in the annual Birdman Competition. The winner’s tribe gets to rule the island for a year.
The Rogue Stallion
Actors Beth Buchanan, José María Caffarel, Bruno Lawrence, Jodie Rimmer, Dean O'Gorman, Rawiri Paratene
Roles Brian
Rating71% 3.55933.55933.55933.55933.5593
Anna Peterson (Beth Buchanan) loves horses, and the fact that her father (Bruno Lawrence) works at a racetrack in Sydney, Australia only adds to her enthusiasm. One night at dinner, her father announces that after the success of one of the stable's horses in a prominent trophy race, his boss gave the employees a bonus large enough for the Peterson family to go back to her father's ancestral home in New Zealand. Tragically the following day, there is an accident at the stables and Anna's father is killed. With nothing left to keep them in Australia, Anna's mother Rose (Michele Fawdon) decides to follow through on her husband's dream and moves Anna and her younger brother Mike (Andrew Shepherd) to Charlton, New Zealand.
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale, 1h11
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors John Clarke, Rawiri Paratene, Peter Rowley, Billy T James, Marshall Napier
Roles Rangi (voice)
Rating69% 3.4920853.4920853.4920853.4920853.492085
Wal Footrot (John Clarke) and Cooch Windgrass (Peter Hayden) are shearing sheep on Wal's farm. Cheeky Hobson (Fiona Samuel), Wal's girlfriend, is driving on the highway when she is driven off the road by the Murphy brothers, Spit (Brian Sergent) and Hunk (Marshall Napier), flying in a helicopter. The Murphys then terrorise Wal's property, leaving Dog (Peter Rowley) to drown in a sheep pit. As he is in the water, he has a flashback of when he was a little pup: how he was united with Wal for the first time, a gift from Aunt Dolly (Dorothy McKegg), and how he met Jess, who was nearly drowned by Spit and Hunk. Soon, Wal wakes Dog and Cooch and the dogs manage to foil the Murphys, who were in the process of capturing Cooch's deer.