Richard Te Are

Richard Te Are

Age Range
30 - 38
178cm / 5ft 10in
105cm / 41in
80cm / 31in
87cm / 34in

Iwi : Ngāti Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga 

Te Reo Level : Fluent

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Richard graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor or Arts Degree majoring in Acting from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.  Richard’s credits include Te Rau Tauwhare on the BBC screen adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize winning novel, The Luminaries, Teina Pora in Michael Bennett’s telefilm In Dark Places and Rob in season 2 & 5 of Ahikāroa.  Feature Film credits include The Other Side of Heaven 2 directed by Mitch Davis, the well-received Australian Feature Film Danger Close directed by Kriv Stenders and most recently Whina directed by James Napier for GFC Films.

Richard is also an accomplished theatre performer having played the sorcerer and chief protagonist Prospero in Robin Payne’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Katie Wolfe’s The Haka Party Incident, and Tama Nui Te Ra in Mahuika, directed by Whetu Silver.

 2023 sees Richard immersing himself in learning Te Reo at Te Wānanga Takuira.  Richard’s Iwi is Ngāti Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 Whina Richard Gilbert dir. James Napier, GFC Films Feature Film
2019 Danger Close Gunner Murry dir. Kriv Stenders Feature Film
2019 The Other Side of Heaven 2 Elder Alisa dir. Mitch Davis Feature Film
2018 In Dark Places Teina Pora (Lead) The 1000 Company, dir. Michael Bennett Tele-Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2024 Spinal Destination Jason Great Southern Television, dir. Paula Whetu Jones Drama
2022 Ahikāroa S5 Troy Kura Productions Drama
2021 Into the Mist - Anthology Series Jarod Dir. Michael Bennett, 10,000 Company Drama
2019 Ahikāroa 2 Rob Kura Productions Drama
2019 The Luminaries Te Rau Tauwhare The Luminaries Production Limited, dir. Claire McCarthy Drama

Web Series

Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Kura S3 Ricky Gareth Williams


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 The Haka Party Incident Ensemble Cast Auckland Theatre Company
2021 Mahuika Tama Nui Te Ra / Pukeko Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Whetu Silver
2021 The Haka Party Incident Ensemble Cast Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Katie Wolfe
2020 Mr Red Light Joker Nightsong, Dir. Ben Crowder
2017 The Antigone Sound Haimon Dir. Heather Timms, Penny Fitt, Ana Scotney, Comfrey Sanders
2017 Caucus Caucus Harvest Dawn The Bard / Musician Dir. Christian Penny, Aaron Cortesi
2017 Helluva Musical Composer Dir. Ariaana Osborne, Richard MacDonald, Acacia O'Connor
2016 The Tempest Prospero Dir. Robin Payne
2015 Super Maori Bro Writer / Rihare Dir. Patrick Caroll, Jonathan Price, Richard MacDonald
2012 Estranged Writer / Director / Producer Dir. Richard MacDonald

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 One Last Fish Tai Caravan Carpark Films Short Film
2021 The Retrieval Kaea Maoriland Productions Short Film
2019 Collision Manaia Prolific Pictures Short Film
2017 Justice Vengeance 48hr Film Festival Dir. Adam Browne Short Film
2017 An Arm Or A Leg Will Dir. Jonathan King Short Film
2017 For Eva Jake Dir. Harko Pa Short Film
2016 Magnolia Frank Dir. Heather Timms, Vaughn Slinn Short Film
2015 Nowhere Jacob Dir. Adam Browne Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Kaitiaki 'Safer Gambling Aotearoa' Hero Brother Film 360
2022 FMG 'Partners in Progress' Hero Farmer - Husband Reel Factory


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2024 The Working Actors Workshop - 4 week intensive Laura Interval & Latham Gaines
2024 Introduction to Stunts - Certificate Thomas Kiwi - Kaiako Maori (Native Stunts)
2024 Te Reo Māori - Diploma of Māori language Fluency Te Wānanga Takiura
2023 The Working Actors Workshop - Intensive Introduction Laura Interval & Latham Gaines
2017 Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School


Advanced: Te Reo Māori

Singing Styles

Intermediate: General

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Guitar