Rene Naufahu

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Rene Naufahu
Born Rene Naufahu
May 1970 (age 46)
New Zealand
Years active 1992–present
Notable credit(s) Sam Aleni in Shortland Street

Rene Naufahu (born May 1970) is a New Zealand-born actor, screen writer and director of Tongan and Samoan heritage. He is perhaps best known for being an original cast member of the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, playing paramedic Sam Aleni for the show's first four years. In the United States, he is better known for portraying various characters in the Power Rangers franchise, such as Emperor Grumm of Power Rangers S.P.D. and Mentor Ji from Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai.

In 2006, at the Air New Zealand Screen Awards, he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role as Erasmus, in the Toa Fraser film No.2. The film won the Audience Award, World Cinema - Dramatic, after sellout screenings at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2005, he co-wrote television drama The Market with Brett Ihaka, and Matthew Grainger. He was also one of the show's directors, alongside Damon Fepulea'i, and Geoff Cawthorn.

He attended the Amsterdam-based Binger Institute's Script Development program in 2003.

Naufahu's first feature film as director is crime thriller The Last Saint, which began filming in September 2013.



Year Film Role
2006 Naming Number Two Erasmus
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Zion Gate Operator
The Matrix Reloaded Zion Gate Operator


Year Series Role Note
1992-96, 2014 Shortland Street Paramedic Sam Aleni
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Adamus The Lady and the Dragon
1998 All Saints Gary Headley "The Hard Yards"
1998-2000 Tales of the South Seas Mauriri Lepau
2000 Beastmaster Mataffa "Tears of the Sea"
2003 Always Greener Nathan Little "Flesh for Fantasy"
"The Always Greener Variety Hour".
2005 Power Rangers S.P.D. Emperor Gruumm
2011-12 Power Rangers Samurai Mentor Ji
2014 Power Rangers Super Megaforce Mentor Ji "Samurai Surprise"

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