Niwa Whatuira Actor Profile





Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa


Auckland, New Zealand


191 cm

Age Range


Also Represented in

United States of America

Career Highlights

A native of New Zealand with Maori and European heritage. His recent credits include the TV NZ drama series BEYOND THE VEIL, season 3 of the homegrown series KURA, the TV NZ comedy series GOOD GRIEF and the AMC / TV NZ drama series THE DEAD LANDS as well as 2020 Feature COUSINS. Niwa received rave reviews for his performance in the feature MAUI’S HOOK at the New Zealand International Film Festival, a dramatized documentary about the effects of suicide on five indigenous families. Niwa’s additional credits include the NZ series AKWARD LOVE, FILTHY RICH and FIND ME A MAORI BRIDE, as well as the feature THE DARK HORSE with Cliff Curtis. In 2023, Niwa made his guest debut on hit domestic series, SHORTLAND ST as reformed bad boy, Taz Booker. Most recently, Niwa can be seen along side Elizabeth Bank’s in the feature film A MISTAKE, and upcoming TVNZ+ On Demand comedy series, RULE OF MUM.

Feature Film.

2022A MistakeDr Te Kiwa Prescott (Supporting)Dir. Christine Jeffs
2019By the BallsWayne 'BUCK' ShelfordDir. Simon Coldrick and Charlotte Purdy
2019CousinsAdult SonnyMiss Whenua Ltd
Dir. Ainsley Gardiner , Briar Grace Smith
2017Mauis Hook TamaKura Productions
Dir. Paora Joseph
2015The Rehearsal StevieRehearsal Films
Dir. Alison Maclean

Feature Film.

2013The Dark Horse Michael Manihera Genesis Pictures Ltd
Dir. James Napier Robertson
2012EnmityLuke Stannaway F.L.E.M Productions
Dir. Logan Judds

Short Film.

2012Traces of War HemiSouth Seas Film and Television
Dir. Lara Marshall


2024The Boy, The Queen and everything in BetweenJacob (Lead)Lucky Legs Media/TVNZ
2023Spinal DestinationKarl (Lead)Dir. Paula Whetu Jones
2022Shortland St Taz Booker (Guest )Dir. Various
2021TaumanuTipene (Core)Sweetshop & Green Limited
Dir. Taratoa Stappard
2019Ka Pai LivingJohnny Jack James Jeremy (Guest)Maori TV
2018The Dead LandsTaneRandolph TDL Limited
Dir. Peter Meteherangi Taiko Burger, Michael Hurst
2016Dear Murderer - Ep 4 "Family Matters" Stewart Puha Screentime New Zealand Ltd
Dir. Various
2016Filthy Rich PaulieFilthy Productions
Dir. Kiel McNaughton
2016Find Me A Maori Bride S2 JizzayBrown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Ltd
Dir. Kiel McNaughton
2013TV2 TotesCo-Presenter (Cuzzie) Maori Television New Zealand
Dir. Various


2014Giving Up EnsembleYNOT Productions
Dir. Ant Glyph

Web Series.

2023Rule of MumTu (Supporting)Dir. Scotty Cotter
2022Kura Season 3Julien (Guest)Dir. Various
2022Viva La Dirt League Brad (Guest )Dir. Various
2021The PactTommy (Major Supporting)Dir. Natalie Medlock/Harry McNaughton
2020Good GriefZane (Guest)Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Ltd
Dir. Kiel McNaughton


Mike Saccente Meisner Technique - 2015
Mike Saccente Meisner Technique - 2014
South Seas Film and Television School Diploma - 2012