Matariki Whatarau

Matariki Whatarau

Age Range
31 - 43
175cm / 5ft 9in
92cm / 36in
96cm / 38in

Iwi : Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tama 

Te Reo Level : Fluent

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Matariki has been kept busy since graduating from Toi Whakaari in 2009. Most recently he stars as bachelor George Alpert in the hilarious Maori Television mockumentary series Find Me a Maori Bride. Other notable projects include roles in the Te Paepae Ataata-funded feature film The Pa Boys, Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands, and the New Zealand International Film Festival-selected short film Friday Tigers. His television appearances include The Almighty Johnsons and Go Girls. A respected theatre practitioner, Matariki was named best newcomer at the Fringe Festival Awards in 2010 and in 2012 he travelled to Canada to perform the title role in the award winning solo show I, George Nepia. A passionate musician, when he isn't acting, Matariki performs as a member of the Modern Maori Quartet.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Ka Whawhai Tonu Ropata Akeake Ltc Feature Film
2022 Whina Whetu dir. James Napier, GFC Films Feature Film
2017 Why Does Love? Dave Gent Great Southern Television Feature Film
2015 Mahana Mohi Dir. Lee Tamahori Feature Film
2013 The Pa Boys Tau The Pa Boys Production Feature Film
2013 The Dead Lands Tama Dir. Toa Fraser Feature Film
2011 Nga Reo Hou -the Prophet & Awhi Tapu Matt & Casper Eyeworks NZ Feature Film
2006 Taking the Waewae Express Wiremu Fairbrother (Lead) Torch Light Films, dir. Andrea Bosshard/Shane Loader Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2024 Only in Aotearoa Season 3 Maaka, Steven, Defense Lawyer, Host, Geoff, Tama, Henare, Papa 2, Rangi, Kaiako 2, Matua Kura Productions Drama
2023 Princess of Chaos Pete Chaos Film Productions, dir: Kiel McNaughton Drama
2022 Shortland Street Amos Samuels South Pacific Pictures Drama
2021 My Life is Murder Sonny Tuhana Greenstone Pictures Drama
2021 Brokenwood Mysteries S7 D.K Termaine Brokenwood Productions Drama
2015 Find Me a Maori Bride George Alpert (Lead) Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Drama
2012 Go Girls 5 Dr Mitchell South Pacific Pictures Drama
2012 The Almighty Johnsons 2 Jerome South Pacific Pictures Drama
2014 My Reggae Song Presenter Blue Bach Productions Other


Year Production Role Company / Director
2014-2016 The Maori Quartet (Tour) Singer/performer Various Venues
2012 I, George Nepia (Tour) Solo Show Tawata Productions, dir. Jason Te Kare
2011-2012 Party With the Aunties (Tour) Uncle Angus/Te Manawa/Ballbags/Rikihana Dir. Erina Daniels
2011 Crossing Lines Performer Eko Theatre, dir. Heather Timms
2011 Awhi Tapu Casper Taki Rua, dir. Gene Peters
2011 End Of The Goldern Weather ATC, dir. Murray Lynch
2010-2012 Tu Young Tu Tawata Productions, dir. Hone Kouka
2010 A Love Tail Rob the Dog Wing Horn Productions, dir. Kate McGill
2010 Hansel and Gretel Father/Broom/Wolf Kidz Stuff, dir. Jane Wadell
2010 A Bakers Dozen Various Ensemble Impact, dir. K.C. Kelly
2009 Te Karakia Phillip Taki Rua Productions, dir. David O'Donnell
2009 Who's Going to do the Karanga Solo Toi Whakaari, dir. Sophie Roberts
2009 The Caucasian Chalk Circle House Servant/Lavrenti/Bandit Toi Whakaari, dir. Christian Penny
2008 Pakiwaitara Ensemble Toi Whakaari, dir. Jade Erikson/Teina Moetara
2008 Far Away Todd Toi Whakaari, dir. Rachel More
2008 The Tempest Ariel Toi Whakaari, dir. John Bolton
2008 Toi Whakaari Cabaret: Anything Goes Toi Whakaari, dir. Lyndee-Jane Rutherford
2007 Classic Cuts - A Winter's Tale King Leontes of Sicily Toi Whakaari, dir. Sylvia Rands
2006 Two Gentlemen from Verona Valentine WPAC, dir. David Lawrence
2006 No Ordinary Sun Hone Tuwhare WPAC, dir. Carmel McGlone
2006 What's Your Name Clerk 1 WPAC, dir. Ryan Hartigan
2006 Cosi Lewis Riley WPAC, dir. Carmel McGlone
2005 Agamemnon Agamemnon WPAC, dir. Bert van Dijk
2003 Grease Danny Zuko The Little Theatre, dir. Natalie Lockhart
2002 Return to the Forbidden Planet Captain Tempest Beijing Capital Theatre, dir. Helen Thompson

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2012 Friday Tigers Adam Notable Pictures Short Film
2012 Learn From Me Pita Fleet Street, dir. Chris Molloy Short Film
2011 Ka Mate Te Rauparaha Dir. Wiremu Grace Short Film
2011 Fadeaway Kapua Minor Films / Tawata Productions, dir. Rob George Short Film
2009 High Risk Team Nutritionist Dir. Jason Stutter Short Film
2008 Shopping for One Ricky Dir. Lee-Jane Nixon-Bennion / Steve Nixon Short Film
2005 In Focus Hemi Dir. Lorae Parry Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2020 Waka Kotahi Alcohol Campaign Pub Man/Hero Clemenger BBDO


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2007-09 Bachelor of Performing Arts - Acting Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2005-06 Diploma in Performing Arts Wellington Performing Arts Centre


Advanced: Mandarin | Te Reo Māori

Intermediate: French


Advanced: Māori | New Zealand | Pacific Islander

Intermediate: American - Californian | American - General | American - New York | American - Southern | American - Urban | American - Western | British | Danish | Dutch | European | French | Latin American | Polish | Russian | Spanish | UK - English


Advanced: Abseiling | Athletics | Gymnastics | Jump Rope | Pogo Stick | Roller Blading | Running / Jogging | Skate Boarding | Snorkeling | Snow Skiing | Touch Football | Trampoline | Volleyball

Intermediate: Aerobics | BMX | Badminton | Baseball | Basketball | Cricket | Cycling | Darts | Fishing | Frisbee | Golf | Gym | Hockey | Hula Hoop | Ice Hockey | Ice Skating | Kayaking | Lawn Bowls | Mountain Biking | Mountain Climbing | Netball | Ping Pong / Table Tennis | Rock Climbing | Roller Hockey | Roller Skating | Rowing | Rugby League | Rugby Union | Scuba Diving | Skim Board | Soccer | Swimming | Ten Pin Bowling

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Acrobatics | Clown | Stage Combat

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general) | Stick Shift | Van

Intermediate: Dune Buggy | Go-karting | Motorcycle

Singing Range

Baritone | Bass | Tenor

Singing Styles

Advanced: Blues | Cabaret | Choral | Contemporary | Popular

Intermediate: Ballad | General | Jazz | Lip Sync | Musical | Opera | Rock | Show

Musical Instruments

Advanced: Electric Bass | Guitar | Percussion

Intermediate: Double Bass | Drums | Ukulele


Advanced: General Movement | Modern | Māori

Intermediate: Aerobics | Cabaret | Flamenco | Hip Hop | Jazz