Te Waiarangi Ratana

Actor | Director | Writer
Te Waiarangi Ratana’s skills were recognised when, while working as an AD on the Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement created Wellington Paranormal, he was invited into the writer’s room. Since then he has served as writer on TVNZ+ shows Yap Trap and Bird’s Eye View.

In 2019, Te Waiarangi wrote and directed Tuahine, a short film which was selected to screen at the 2020 Māoriland Film Festival. The attention from this project led to a successful Boosted campaign for comedy series Manu Masters, the pilot for which premiered at the 2022 Māoriland Film Festival to roaring success.

Te Waiarangi is currently working on the full season of Manu Masters, thanks to development funding provided by NZ On Air.
Ethnicity - NZ European / Maori

Height - 199cm

Eye Colour - Hazel

Hair Colour - Brown

Location - Wellington

Age Range - 18 - 27

Full Biography

Credits
Actor

Short Film
2019 - Tuahine - Rungi - Director - Te Waiarangi Ratana - Producer - Francesca Sewell
2018 - Bubs - Rungi - Director - Te Waiarangi Ratana
2018 - Add to Story - Lead - H34

Writing
2022 - Manu Masters Series - Māoriland Productions
2022 - Māori Detective Series - Fearless Productions
2021 - How to Vanquish Kēhua - Electric Shoelace Productions
2021 - Yap Trap Series 2 - Sad Patrol Limited
2021 - Birds Eye View - Sweetshop and Green Ltd
2021 - Manu Masters - Maoriland Productions
2020 - Wellington Paranormal Series 4 - NZ Documentary Board
2019 - Tuahine - Producer - Francesca Sewell
2018 - Bubs

Directing
2021 - Manu Masters - Maoriland Productions
2019 - Tuahine - Producer - Francesca Sewell
2018 - Bubs
Training
2017 - Certificate in Introduction to Film and Television Production, The New Zealand Film School, Wellington
Awards
2021 - Tuahine - Wairoa Film Festival Official Selection
2020 - Tuahine - Maoriland Film Festival Official Selection
2019 - Bubs - Best Drama/Te Tino Whakaataata - E Tu Whanau Rangatahi Maoriland Film Festival 2019
2019 - Bubs - Best Actor/Te Ahika - E Tu Whanau Rangatahi Maoriland Film Festival
2018 - Add to Story - Wellington Finalist/Peter Jackson Wildcard HP48 Hour Film Festival
2017 - The New Zealand Film School Staff Award
2016 - Student Director of Best Five-Minute Scene of the Waikato Regional Festival of the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
Skills
Languages - Maori - Beginner
Drivers License - Full