Tanea Heke

Tanea Heke

Age Range
55 - 67
176cm / 5ft 9in
108cm / 43in
85cm / 33in
108cm / 43in

Te Reo Level : Fluent

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Tanea is a phenomenal actor with a powerful presence. She has appeared in numerous TV series, including Xena, The Killian Curse, Karaoke High, Wellington Paranormal, Not Even S1 and most recently After The Party. Tanea has also worked on many well-received feature films in New Zealand, such as Naming Number Two, Waru, Gaysorn Thavat’s The Justice of Bunny King alongside leading actor Thomasin McKenzie, and Cousins by Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace Smith, where she played the role of Old Mata.

This year, Tanea will be seen on screen again in two new productions: the feature film Barbed Wire Canoe directed by Jason Sutter and Season 2 of the TVNZ series Not Even where she will reprise her role of Amo Michaels.

When not acting Tanea is the Director of Toi Whakaari, NZ’s leading drama school, she understands the creative world and has a strong background in arts administration. Being an Alumni of Toi Whakaari, she is particularly interested in the importance of the student journey beyond the school. Her commitment to upholding kaupapa Māori, mana Māori and mātauranga Māori in her work is a priority.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Barbed Wire Canoe Tui Centron Pictures, dir: Jason Sutter Feature Film
2021 The Justice of Bunny King Trish Dir. Gaysorn Thavatt Feature Film
2021 Cousins Older Mata Mis Conceptions, dir. Ainsley Gardiner & Briar Grace Smith Feature Film
2005 Naming Number Two Aunty Cat Numero Films Ltd, dir. Toa Fraser Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2024 After the Party Ruth Nixon After the Party Productions, dir: Peter Salmon Drama
2022-2024 Not Even Season 1 & 2 Amo Michaels Miss Conception Films Drama
2022 Whiro Tiortioro Sweetshop Drama
2020 Wellington Paranormal Council Worker Drama
2014 Too Much Love Georgina Rawiri KHF Media Drama
2008 Until Proven Innocent Mary Lippy Productions, dir. Peter Burger Drama
2007 The Killians Curse ll Mrs Pritchard TVNZ Drama
2006 Karaoke High Lead TVNZ Drama
2005 The Killians Curse Mrs Pritchard TVNZ Drama
1998 Xena Warrior Princess Ersina Pacific Renn Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2001 Home Myrna Glenda Tuaine,Bats, dir. Nina Nawalowalo
2001 Haruru Mai Pearl ATC, dir. Simon Prast
2000 Hand Job BATS Theatre, dir. Conrad Newport
2000 Mum's the Word Barbara St James Theatre, dir. Ellie Smith
1999 Julius Caesar Portia Circa Theatre, dir. Phill Mann
1999 Kitchen Tables Rewa Phoenix, dir. Glenda Tuaine
1998 Bystander BATS Theatre, dir. Duncan Sarkies
1998 Coriolanus Volumnia Summer Shakespeare, dir. Oliver Driver, Burt Turner
1997 Insurrection Gertha Porter, Clerk Wife, Mistress Mo'tel NZDS, dir. Timothy Douglas
1997 The Birds Myna Bird, Rugby Player NZDS, dir. Robin Payne, Tolis Papazoglou
1997 The Larks Song Mrs Higgins Dir. Raymond Boyce
1996 The Human Cannon Agustina Ruiz Dir. Annie Ruth
1995 Fairy Queen Tom Snout/The Wall Downstage Theatre
1995 Macbeth First Witch VUW Drama Club dir. Carol Stevenson

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Follow the Light Ahorangi pro: Alfio Leotta, Cameron Madams & Emma O'Brien Short Film
2021 Hannah Shona Whitirea Community Polytechnic Short Film
2015 Jackpot Ronda NZ Film School Short Film
2000 Guiding Light Head nurse Dir. Robin Murphy Short Film
1998 Hei Tiki For Women's Refuge Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2021 New World 'Christmas' Sue Good Oil
2022 Nz Sport Push play reboot


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2018 Acting for Screen Intensive Liz Mullane & Rachel Bullock
1997 Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School Diploma in Professional Drama
1995 Bachelor of Arts Victoria University


Intermediate: Roller Blading