Friday 06 June 2014 17:35.
Jarod Rawiri plays RYAN
In HOPE & WIRE, Jarod Rawiri plays Ryan, a digger driver who aspires to own his own machine and to provide the best for his family – “gold taps” as he says to his wife Donna, the love of his life. He cannot leave Christchurch while there’s a job to be done cleaning up and fixing the place.
Jarod Rawiri’s feature films include the recently premiered Fantail as well as Matariki, Jinx Sister, and A Song of Good. He starred in award-winning short films Kerosene Creek, directed by Michael Bennett, and Tama Tū, directed by Taika Waititi. He was also the lead in Michael Bennett’s short film Tangi and Lauren Jackson’s new short, I’m Going to Mum’s.
His television roles include Wattie in the acclaimed TV3 series Harry. He played Hone Heke in What Really Happened?, Ike Metekingi in Billy, Mana in The Almighty Johnsons and Constable Hashtu in Stolen. Other television work includes Auckland Daze, The Market, Mataku and Kōrero Mai.
He also has a distinguished theatre career, including the lead role in I, George Nepia in 2011 and in the 2013 Auckland Arts Festival, Tanemahuta Gray’s spectacular Māui and The Prophet, which toured NZ and Hawaii and Silo Theatre’s Angels in America in 2014.
He went to Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School with Miriama McDowell, who plays his wife, Donna in HOPE & WIRE. He is of Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Ngāti Hine descent.