Antonio Te Maioha

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Antonio Te Maioha
Antonio Te Maicha.jpg
Born 1970
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Antonio Te Maioha is a television and film actor from New Zealand. He first came to international prominence when he played a gladiator named Barca in the television drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.[1]


Te Maioha was born in Auckland 1 February 1970, but raised in Hastings in the Hawke's Bay Region of the North Island of New Zealand.[1] His father was of Maori descent through both the Ngapuhi tribe, the largest in New Zealand, and the Waikato tribe, also known as the "Tainui" or "Waikato-Tainui."[1]


Antonio Te Maioha started his career as a street performer before gaining a place at the Toi Whakaari Drama School in 1992. He went on to work with a Maori theatre project run by actor Jim Moriarty and was in the cast of "Waiora", touring New Zealand, Hawaii and Britain.[2]

One of Antonio Te Maioha's first significant television roles was in 1998 playing Boraxis in "Hercules, The Legendary Journeys" followed by several roles in "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Legend of the Seeker", a weekly television series based on The Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind." He has also appeared in other New Zealand-based television productions, including "Shortland Street" and "The Lost World". Te Maioha has also had roles in several films, including "Te Tangata Whai Rawa O Weneti" and a short film called "Taua" (War Party)"[1] and the 2000 film "Feathers of Peace" (Ngati Tama Warrior) directed by Barry Barclay.[3]

Te Maioha has come to international attention through his supporting role as the gladiator Barca in the television drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand"[2] and its prequel "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena".[3] Nicknamed the "Beast of Carthage", Barca is the bodyguard and hitman of a gladiator owner named Batiatus.[4] Several episodes into the show, he is shown to be in a homosexual relationship with a slave boy named Pietros.[5] He is eventually murdered when Pietros is tricked into revealing damning evidence about Barca.

Private life[edit]

Antonio Te Maioha is married and lives in the town of Raglan on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. Active in local environmentalism, he has hosted a Sustainable Futures Forum in Waikato that brought around 80 people to discuss a variety of environmental issues.[6] He has also publicly discussed his personal involvement and Raglan's leadership in recycling, citing the accomplishments of a local organization called Xtreme Waste.[7] Te Maioha is uncomfortable with being labeled as a "greenie," saying that he is just doing "stuff everybody could" and that being given such a label means that other people will "write you off...instead of actually listening to what’s being said or applying changes in their own lives."[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Antonio Te Maioha Biography". 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography for Antonio Te Maioha". Internet Movie Database. 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Antonio Te Maioha". Auckland Actors. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Spartacus: Gods of the Arena website
  5. ^ Antonio Te Maioha - The Gay Gladiator. Spartacus website.
  6. ^ a b TV star to host Waikato sustainability workshop. Environment Waikato, 30 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Antonio Te Maioha talks about recycling in Raglan (video)". Raglan tourism information. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 

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