Nicola Kawana

Mrs Mahara

Born and raised in Taranaki from Ngāruahine iwi, Nicola first trained as an actor with the then Taranaki Youth Theatre before heading  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 and Jess Kill Susie, Les Parents Terribles, Home Fires, Woman Far Walking, Blood Wedding, The Motor Camp, Fix, Awatea, A Dolls House, The Vultures, Under The Mountain and, most recently, Rendered for Auckland Theatre Company.

Television and film credits include Jacksons Wharf, Shortland Street, The Man Who Lost His Head, Eruption, Fresh Meat and Monkey. After a lifelong love of gardening and studying horticulture, Nicola also works as a garden writer, gardener and presenter on the TVNZ 1 show, Whānau Living. Nicola is a member of Equity New Zealand, a UNICEF Global Parent and a worm farmer.