Awhina-Rose Ashby

Awhina-Rose Ashby

Regional North Island NZ
Age Range
32 - 38
163cm / 5ft 4in
101cm / 40in
83cm / 33in
108cm / 43in

Iwi : Ngāpuhi 
Te Reo Level : Fluent 

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Āwhina graduated Excel School of Performing Arts in 2008 then graduated Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School in 2012. She has continued working in the creative industries including stage, screen, and most recently social media. What started out as boredom and the need to keep her creative muscle working during lockdown turned into creating small clips, promoting brands, and sharing important Kaupapa all the while keeping many entertained and smiling during a rough 2 years of the covid 19 pandemic.

 Screen highlights include: Shortland Street, Dear Murderer, Resolve, Waru & 3 seasons of The Ringinz a Māori comedy television show produced by Enter the Dragon. The Feature film Whina directed by Paula Whetu Jones and James Napier Robertson, Te Pāmu Kumara a te Reo Māori children’s television show directed by Awanui Simich-Pene and Rūrangi directed by Max Currie which won an International Emmy award in New York (2022) for Best Short-form Series.

Theatre highlights include, Toroihi raua ko Kāhira the Māori translation of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida directed by Rachel House. Performing at the Globe theatre in London.  Party with the Aunties directed by Erina Daniels, Marama directed by Nina Nawalowalo of Conch theatre opening the Auckland arts festival in 2014. The mooncake and the kumara directed by Katie WolfeThe Vultures directed by Miria George & Kororareka the Ballad of Maggie Flynn directed by Julie Nolan.

 Awhina (Ngāpuhi; Ngāti Hine) was raised on a farm in Motatau, a small place situated in the Bay of Islands. She grew up with Te Reo Māori as her first language. She currently resides in the Waikato with her partner and two boys Ururangi and Manuriki.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 Whina Whina dir. James Napier, GFC Films Feature Film
2017 Resolve Karen Screentime Tele-Feature Film
2017 Waru Em Brown Sugar Apple Grunt, dir. Various Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Only in Aotearoa Ari, Judge 1, Marama, Hera, Atawhai, Carly, Hine, Aroha Arona, Tirama, Kaiako 1, Jessie, , Nina Kura Productions Drama
2023 REO Awhina Maori Television Drama
2021-2022 Te Pamu Kumara Season 1&2 Marama Kahu Kura Productions Drama
2022 Rūrangi S2 Anahera Tokatai Greenstone TV Drama
2019 Rūrangi Anahera Tokatai Greenstone TV Drama
2019 The Ring Inz Puhi Enter the Dragon Ltd Drama
2016 Dear Murderer Esther Screentime NZ Drama
2016 Haka City Puhi Enter The Dragon Ltd Drama
2015 Find Me A Maori Bride Harata Bradley Brown Sugar Apple Grunt, dir. Kiel McNaughton Drama
2015 Shortland Street Kiri Hannah South Pacific Pictures Drama
2013 Passion in Paradise Ani Morrison Red Skys: Dir: Bryan Bruce Drama
2012 AX TRIVIA - Pilot Joanne Dir. Daniel Pengelly, NZDS Drama

Web Series

Year Production Role Company / Director
2019 Rūrangi Anahera Autonomouse Ltd


Year Production Role Company / Director
2015 The Mooncake and The Kumara Elsie The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts, dir. Katie Wolfe
2015 Anzac Eve Lizzie Armstrong Creative, dir. Jamie Mcaskill
2015 Marama Performer The Conch Theatre Company, dir. Nina Nawalowalo
2013 Party with the Aunties Aunty Kahu, Maria, Sia, Takiwai, Janet Tihi Ltd, dir. Erina Daniels
2012 Go Solo Multiple Characters NZDS, dir. Sophie Roberts
2012 Skellig Narrator NZDS, dir. Tabitha Arthur
2012 Troilus and Cressida Cressida Ngakau Toa, dir. Rachel House
2011 Spelling Bee - Musical Olive NZDS, dir. Nathaniel Lees
2011 Roaring Girl Mistress Tiltyard, Female Player NZDS, dir. Rachel Henry
2011 Takurua Co-deviser NZDS, dir. Jade Ericksen, Heather Timms, Teina Moetara, Holly Chappell
2011 Welcome to Thebes Ismene NZDS, dir. Annie Ruth
2010 Twelfth Night Viola NZDS, dir. Rachel Henry
2004-09 Culture North Hine, Jenny, Lucy, Maia Culture North, dir. Kena Alexander, Hemi Rhudolf
2008 Bible Sapphire Excell School of Performing, dir. Patrice Wilson, Michelle Pickering

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2018 Ways To See Woman In Black Sandy Lee Productions Limited Short Film
2011 What Day Is It? Adrianne Dir. John Reid, NZFS Short Film
2011 Risk It Decision Woman Dir. Dylan Jauslin, NZFS Short Film
2010 Hear Me Older Sister Dir. Josh Kamau, NZFS Short Film
2010 Go on Then, Play It Sad Woman Dir. Kathleen Collins, NZDS Short Film
2010 Break Wife Dir. Helmut Marko, NZDS Short Film
2010 The List Girlfriend Dir. Annalisa Ridley, NZDS Short Film
2010 Te Murunga Angel Dir. Paul Jackson, NZDS Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2017 Lotto "Mothers Day" Mum DDB
2014 Flying South - Christchurch International Airport Hine National History New Zealand


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2010 Bachelor of Performing Arts Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2008 Performing Arts Excel School of Performing Arts


Advanced: Te Reo Māori


Advanced: American - General | Māori

Intermediate: American - Ghetto | American - New York | American - Southern | British


Advanced: Abseiling | Boating | Bungee Jumping | Canoeing | Fishing | Karate | Kayaking | Martial Arts | Snorkeling | Surfing | Volleyball

Intermediate: Martial Arts | Roller Blading

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Clown | Mime | Stage Combat

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general) | Go-karting

Singing Range

Alto | Soprano

Singing Styles

Advanced: Blues | Cabaret | Choral | Contemporary | Country and Western | Folk | General | Jazz | Lip Sync | Musical


Advanced: Māori

Intermediate: General Movement


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