Maaka Pohatu

Maaka Pohatu

Age Range
41 - 49
185cm / 6ft 1in
140cm / 55in
150cm / 59in
149cm / 59in

Iwi : Ngāti Tāmanuhiri 

Te Reo Level : Fluent 

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A graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Maaka has performed in a multitude of productions ranging from the critically acclaimed Strange Resting Places and The Māori Troilus and Cressida, which featured at the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London to more recently, A Slightly Isolated Dog’s highly acclaimed recreation of Moliere’s Don Juan.  He made his film debut in the feature Two Little Boys and portrayed Dalvanius Prime in the recent hit Kiwi music biopic Poi E.  He can currently be seen as Sergeant Maaka, one of the leads in mockumentary series Wellington Paranormal. He is also a professional musician and is a member of the Modern Māori Quartet.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2019 Savage Gang Member Dir. Sam Kelly Feature Film
2019 Vai Sonny Dir. Becs Arahanga Feature Film
2016 Poi E Dalvanius Prime Dir. Te Arepa Kahi Feature Film
2015 The Umbrella Man Toko Dir. Lennie Hill, Mark Ruka, Darren Simmonds Feature Film
2012 Two Little Boys Gav Dir. Robert Sarkies Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2024 Miles from Nowhere Waheed Neon, The Gibson Group, dir: Ghazaleh Gol Drama
2023 Our Flag Means Death Season 2 Pirate Captain Emporium Productions Ltd, Taika Waititi Drama
2022 Far North Stevie South Pacific Pictures Drama
2020 Mystic S1 Tipene Libertine Pictures Drama
2018-2021 Wellington Paranormal Sergeant Maaka New Zealand Documentary Board Ltd Drama
2017 Tongue Tied Haami Greenstone TV Ltd Drama
2015 Find Me a Maori Bride Maaka Brown Apple Sugar Grunt Productions Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2019 Two Worlds - The Modern Maori Quartet Big Bro Adelaide Cabaret Festival
2015 Don Juan Maurice Dir: Leo Gene Peters - A Slightly Isolated Dog Productions
2013 Ngā Bro E Whā Big Bro Dir: Rachel House - Boss Productions
2012 Toroihi rāua ko Kāhira / The Māori Troilus and Cressida ‘ Ahaka / Ajax Dir: Rachel House - Globe Theatre Festival - UK
2012 Sydney Bridge Upside Down Dibs/Mrs Kelly Takirua Theatre Company
2010 Mark Twain and Me in Māoriland Ra Dir: John Bolton - Takirua Productions
2007-2009 Strange Resting Places Anaru Kingi Dir: Leo Gene Peters - Takirua Productions

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 Search for Hawaiki Fable Black Lantern Short Film
2019 Ani Sonny Dir Josephine Stewart Te Whiu Short Film
2016 Possum Toko Dir. Dave Whitehead Short Film
2012 Inorganic Fat Larry Dir. Maria-Elena Doyle Short Film


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2005 Bachelor of Performing Arts Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School


Advanced: Te Reo Māori


Advanced: Latin American | Māori | New Zealand | UK - Cockney | UK - English

Intermediate: American - General | American - Ghetto | American - Urban | British | Eastern European | Italian | Mandarin


Advanced: Martial Arts

Intermediate: Boxing | Kick Boxing | Wrestling

Circus & Horse

Advanced: Impersonation

Intermediate: Stage Combat

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general)

Stunts & Weapons

Intermediate: Weapons

Singing Range


Singing Styles

Advanced: Ballad | Blues | Cabaret | Choral | Contemporary | General | Popular | Show

Musical Instruments

Advanced: Guitar


Advanced: Māori

Intermediate: General Movement | Hip Hop