Born and raised in Taranaki, Nicola Kawana first trained as an actor with the then Taranaki Youth Theatre. She then headed to Wellington where she made her professional debut in Hone Tuwhare’s In the Wilderness Without a Hat in 1989. Nicola trained at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has worked in theatre, film and television. Theatre credits include Mo & Jess Kill Susie, Les Parents Terribles, Home Fires, Woman Far Walking, Blood Wedding, The Motor Camp, The Fix, Awatea, A Doll’s House, and most recently The Vultures.
Television and film credits include Jackson’s Wharf, Shortland Street, The Man Who Lost His Head, Eruption, Fresh Meat and Monkey. After a lifelong love of gardening and studying horticulture, Nicola works as a garden writer, gardener and presenter on the TVNZ 1 show, Whānau Living. Nicola is a member of Equity New Zealand and is a UNICEF Global Parent.