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  • Is a New Zealand native of Maori descent.
  • Was a champion rock-and-roll dancer in the 1980s.
  • Made film debut in 1993's The Piano.  
  • Has won three New Zealand Film and TV Awards for his performances in Desperate Remedies (1995), Jubilee (2000) and Whale Rider (2003).
  • Co-founded the film production company Whenua Films in 2004 as a means to support New Zealand indigenous filmmakers.


  • Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Wellington, New Zealand; attended Scuola Teatro Dimitri, Verscio, Switzerland

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  • Birth Place: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Profession: Actor

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