Maaka Pohatu

Maaka Pohatu

Age Range
36 - 44
Ethnicity
Maori
Locations
Auckland
Height
185cm / 6ft 1in
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Bio

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.

Film

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
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

Television

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2018 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

Theatre

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2019 Two Worlds - The Modern Maori Quatet Big Bro Edinburgh Fringe Festival (return)
2019 Two Worlds - The Modern Maori Quatet Big Bro Adelaide Cabaret Festival
2018 Two Worlds - The Modern Maori Quatet Big Bro Edinburgh Fringe 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 Production Company / Director Type
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

Voice

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2018 Darwin & Newts "Maori Language Week" Wapiti Whitebait Media

Training

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

Sports

Intermediate: Martial Arts

Musical Instruments

Advanced: Guitar

Dance

Advanced: Maori