Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne

Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne

Age Range
20 - 28
160cm / 5ft 3in
80cm / 31in
66cm / 26in
81cm / 32in

Te Reo Level : Fluent 

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Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne is a Māori Storyteller who is of Ngāti Porou and Ngai Tūhoe descent, she grew up on the East Coast attending Te Kohanga Reo o Itinoa and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti.  After completing school, Tioreore auditioned and was accepted into New Zealand’s leading drama school Toi Whakaari where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Acting (BA) in 2020.  

Tioreore is well known for her roles in feature films such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Kahu), Cousins (Adult Makareta) and Whina (Teenage Whina).  Series include We are still here (Te Mauniko), Mystic (Maia) and Kairākau (Ruamahu).   September 2023 will see Tioreore once again grace the big screen with the premiere of her latest feature Film The Convert at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival).  Directed by Lee Tamahori, the film showcases Tioreore's exceptional talent as she stars alongside the acclaimed Australian lead actor, Guy Pearce.

Tioreore has also discovered a passion for creating her own work and most recently wrote, directed, and starred in her debut short film E Rangi Rā (Paea) supported by Māoriland Film. Her hopes and aspirations are to break the stereotypical way Māori are portrayed by decolonizing the screen and spaces. Above all, to make her Māori whanau, hapu, and iwi proud.  


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 The Convert Rangimai Brouhaha Entertainment, dir: Lee Tamahori Feature Film
2022 We Are Still Here Te Mauniko Te Kotukutuku - Marama Productions (NZ) & No Coincidence Media (AUS) Feature Film
2022 Whina Teenage Whina GFC (North) Limited, dir. James Napier Robertson & Paula Whetu Jones Feature Film
2021 Cousins Adult Makareta Miss Whenua Ltd, dir. Briar Grace-Smith Feature Film
2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople Kahu Piki Films, dir. Taika Waititi Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Ahi & the Stars Hine-Nui-Te-Po & Homeless Woman Caravan Carpark Films Ltd Drama
2022 Kairākau Ruamahu Velvet Stone Media Ltd Drama
2022 Mystic III Maia CbbC/TVNZ Libertine Pictures & Drama
2016 Fresh TV Self Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2020 Mana Moana Collective, I Am Hine Hine Dir. Tina Ngata, Terri Rīpeka Crawford
2020 Pre Lockdown Post Kate Toi Whakaari, dir. Hone Kouka
2019 Merrily We Roll Along Meg Toi Whakaari, dir. Simon Bennet
2019 Shakespeare High School Tour Cordelia Dir. Chris Jannidies & Mitch Tawhi Thomas

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2021 E Rangi Rā Pāea Self Short Film
2019 Mise En Scene The Lobster Short Sighted Woman Dir. Vaughan Slinn Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Te Whare o Te Reo Model Afed Ltd


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2020 Script Writing Workshop Te Arepa Kahi, Kath Akukata-Brown
2018 - 2020 Bachelor of Arts: Acting Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School


Advanced: Te Reo Māori


Advanced: Netball

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Bareback Horse Riding | Horse Riding

Singing Range

Female Tenor

Singing Styles

Advanced: Popular | Rock

Intermediate: General

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Guitar | Keyboard


Advanced: General Movement | Māori