As a student of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Jarod Rawiri was trained by well-known actor Miranda Harcourt. Now, he plays the onscreen father of Miranda’s real-life daughter, Thomasin McKenzie on Shortland Street – a connection that shows the limited degrees of separation between the acting community in New Zealand!
Despite having graduated from drama school in 2002, and having worked consistently in NZ Film, TV and theatre since then, this is Rawiri’s first time on Shortland Street. He joins the cast as Hannah family patriarch, Mo.
Rawiri’s feature films include the recently premiered Fantail as well as Matariki, Jinx Sister, and A Song of Good. He starred in award-winning short films Kerosene Creek, directed by Michael Bennett, and Tama Tū, directed by Taika Waititi. He was also the lead in Michael Bennett’s short film Tangi and Lauren Jackson’s short, I’m Going to Mum’s.
His many and varied television roles include Hope and Wire, Harry and Auckland Daze. He has also played Hone Heke in What Really Happened?, a role he was nominated for an Aotearoa Film Award for, Ike Metekingi in Billy, Mana in The Almighty Johnsons and Constable Hashtu in Stolen. Other television work includes The Market, Mataku and Kōrero Mai.
He also has a distinguished theatre career, including the lead role in I, George Nepia in 2011 and Tanemahuta Gray’s spectacular Māui and The Prophet, which toured NZ and Hawaii and Silo Theatre’s Angels in America in 2014. He has twice been nominated for prestigious Champman Tripp Theatre Awards for his work in theatre.
Rawiri is of Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Ngāti Hine descent. He lives in Auckland with his partner and four children.