Rāwiri Paratene

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Forty-five years in the entertainment industry have seen Rāwiri Paratene win acclaim as an actor, a writer, a director, a producer and a tutor in theatre, television, radio and film. A career highlight for Rāwiri has been his involvement with Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London over the past 10 years. This has included producing and performing in The Māori Troilus & Cressida, which opened the Globe to Globe Festival in 2012, and joining the ensemble of the history-making Hamlet World Tour, which travelled to every country on the planet (197 in all) from 2014 to 2016. His film highlights include the role of Koro in Whale Rider and his award-winning performance in The Insatiable Moon. Rāwiri’s television highlights include being a presenter on Play School, and performing and writing sketches for the comedy series More Issues. Rāwiri’s awards include the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1983, TV and Film Awards for Best Drama Writer for Erua (1989), Best Actor in Dead Certs (1995) and Best Performance in a Short Film for The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia (2008). In 2005, he co-devised and starred in Children of the Sea, which won the coveted Spirit of the Fringe and Fringe First Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2013, he became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).