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Paratene was born at Motukaraka, near Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand, and is of Nga Puhi descent. He grew up in the Otara suburb of Auckland and attended Hillary College as David Broughton, the English form of his name.
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.
He is an actor, director and writer and appeared as Friar Lawrence in the 2009 London Globe Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet.
In 2014 Rāwiri joined the cast of the London Globe Theatre's two-year world tour of Hamlet, visiting 205 counties. Rāwiri was the only non-British based actor in the cast.
- Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1986) – Rangi
- What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999) – Mulla Rota
- Whale Rider (2002) – Koro
- The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003) – Malio Chief
- The Insatiable Moon (2010) – Arthur
- Play School
- Joe and Koro
- Xena: Warrior Princess – Tazere (Season 6, Episode 5: Legacy)
- Shortland Street – Joe Hudson
Personal life and politics
He is the father of Marama Davidson, who became a Green Party MP in 2015 when Russel Norman resigned. She had previously stood for the Green Party in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election, 2013 and the 2014 general election.
- 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
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