Rima Te Wiata began her theatrical life as an intern at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre, under the directorship of Jonathan Hardy and Simon Phillips, followed by training at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School.
2021 marks Rima’s 41st year in the theatre, film, and television industry. She was awarded an MNZM for her services to film and television in 2017. Auckland Theatre Company shows include Billy Elliot the Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sons, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Calendar Girls, Poor Boy, The Crucible and Death of a Salesman.
Most recently, Rima starred in HIR for Silo Theatre. Other Silo shows include The Book of Everything, Red Rabbit, White Rabbit, Peter and the Wolf and Top Girls.
Rima has had a long association with The Court Theatre, appearing in many plays and musicals over the decades. Directing credits include Middle Age Spread and The Vagina Monologues for Fortune Theatre. With Kristian Lavercombe she wrote and co-directed Matariki – Fire and Ice and collaborated with Kristian and composer Gareth Farr for their show This Holy Fire of Love, which toured with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Television work includes Golden Boy, More Issues, Full Frontal, Westside, Shortland Street, Shark in the Park, The Billy T James Show and Sons and Daughters.
Rima regularly voices characters for Harry Sinclair and Don McGlashan’s animated TV series Kiri and Lou and has also narrated over 30 documentaries for Natural History New Zealand. Rima recently starred in The Tender Trap, shot in NZ and Argentina.
Accolades include Best Supporting Actress for Hunt for the Wilderpeople at the New Zealand Film Awards 2016, and Best Supporting Actress for Housebound at Fright Meter Awards (Horror Film Awards, United States) 2014.
The Life of Galileo. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Billy Elliot the Musical. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Little Shop of Horrors. Poor Boy. Calendar Girls. The Crucible. Serial Killers. Into the Woods. Cabaret. Death of a Salesman.