Ray Waru

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Raymond Richard Waru, MNZM (born 1952), is a New Zealand Māori radio and television director and producer.

Early life[edit]

Waru spent his childhood in Auckland. He was educated at St Peter's College.

Career[edit]

Waru obtained positions in radio and television from the 1970s. In 1980, he headed the original Television New Zealand Māori production unit. Waru directed a broad range of Māori programmes, including the first ever full Māori language drama project, Te Ohaki a Nihe, and items on the Te Māori exhibition.

In the 1980s Waru produced and directed a revolutionary documentary series, The Natural World of the Māori, various film and television productions in New Zealand and in Australia, as well as an IMAX production under the East-West Center in Hawaii. In the 1980s he was appointed as chief executive of the Aotearoa Māori Radio Trust, charged with the development of a national Māori radio system.

In the 1990s Waru was co-producer of the major history series, Our People, Our Century, a winner at the 2000 New Zealand Film and TV Awards, and he produced Toro Mai, a 25-part serial drama in te reo.[1]

In 2005 Waru co-produced the New Zealand historical series, Frontier of Dreams,The Story of New Zealand[2]

In the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours, Waru was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to radio and television.[3]

In 2012 Waru published "Secrets & Treasures" which consists of "stories told through the objects at Archives New Zealand"[4] and which "delves into the archives to tell a very human story of New Zealand, a story that involves love, death, war, immigration, disaster, protest, defiance, censorship and hokey pokey".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TVNZ web site: the making of Frontier of Dreams.
  2. ^ Bronwyn Dalley & Gavin McLean, Frontier of Dreams: The Story of New Zealand Hodder Moa, 2006, p. 9.
  3. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours List 2006, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  4. ^ Ray Waru, Secrets & treasures : our stories told through the objects at Archives New Zealand, Random House, Glenfield, Auckland, 2012 (ISBN 9781869796891).
  5. ^ Secrets and treasures, Back cover.

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