Hokianga, New Zealand
As a young student in the 1970s, Paratene was a member of Nga Tamatoa, an activist organisation which fought for Maori rights, land, language and culture. Paratene was President of the Wellington chapter. Today, working in the arts, Paratene aspires to have more Maori stories on film.
Paratene is best known internationally for his role in the New Zealand film Whale Rider (2002), in which he played the male lead, Koro, alongside Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes and Cliff Curtis.
Paratene is one of New Zealand's best known and versatile actors, starting his career on television as a children's presenter on Play School and in a sitcom, Joe and Koro. He guest starred in the 6th season of Xena Warrior Princess, in episode "Legacy". Paratene played Joe Hudson on the New Zealand television series Shortland Street.
- 2013 Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours For services to film, television and theatre
- 2011 Aotearoa Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film - The Insatiable Moon (Arthur)
- 1996 NZ Film & Television Award for Best Actor - Dead Cert (Hare)
- 1983 Winner of the Robert Burns Fellowship
- 1980 Winner Mobil Radio Award for 'Proper Channels' Radio Play (Production)
- 1980 Winner Mobil Radio Award for 'Proper Channels' Radio Play (Writing)
- 1976 Winner of the Maori Writers' Award
Personal life and politics
On 18 September 2008 the Green Party announced he was standing as their candidate for Maungakiekie in the 2008 election. He is also the father of Marama Davidson, who also stood for the Green Party in the 2014 election.
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- Globe Theatre London Romeo & Juliet