Rawiri Paratene
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Rawiri Paratene

Rawiri Paratene

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Paratene in 2013
Peter David Broughton

Hokianga, New Zealand
RelativesMarama Davidson (daughter)

Peter David Broughton ONZM, generally known as Rawiri Paratene, is a New Zealand stage and screen actor, director and writer. He is known for his acting roles in Whale Rider (2002) and The Insatiable Moon (2010).


Paratene was born at Motukaraka,[1] near Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand, and is of Ng?puhi descent.[2] He grew up in the south Auckland suburb of Otara, and attended Hillary College as David Broughton, the English form of his name.[1] Paratene's parents were Boyd Alex Broughton and Patricia Charlotte Hancy.[3]

Paratene initially struggled with reading and writing at school, but went on to be the first M?ori graduate of the New Zealand Drama School.[4]

As a young student in the 1970s, Paratene was a member of Ng? Tamatoa, an activist organisation which fought for M?ori rights, land, language and culture. Paratene was president of the Wellington chapter. Today, working in the arts, Paratene aspires to have more M?ori stories on film.[5]



Paratene is an actor, director and writer and appeared as Friar Lawrence in the 2009 London Globe Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet.

In 2014, Paratene joined the cast of the London Globe Theatre's two-year world tour of Hamlet, visiting 205 countries. He was the only non-British based actor in the cast.[6]



Personal life and politics

On 18 September 2008, the Green Party announced that Paratene was standing as their candidate for Maungakiekie in the 2008 election.[7]

He is the father of Marama Davidson, who became the Green Party co-leader on 8 April 2018.[8] She became an MP in 2015 when Russel Norman resigned. She had previously stood for the Green Party in the 2013 Ikaroa-R?whiti by-election and the 2014 general election.



  1. ^ a b Battista, Jon (1998). "Paratene, Rawiri". The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature.
  2. ^ "All the world's a stage for Rawiri". Stuff. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Maiden Speech - Green Party MP Marama Davidson". www.scoop.co.nz. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Rawiri Paratene - Biography". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Matthews, Philip (7 February 2004). "Rawiri Paratene". The Listener. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Press Release: Rawiri Paratene in the Globe Shakespeare Global Tour". Scoop News. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Rawiri Paratene stands as Green candidate". Green Party. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  8. ^ "Marama Davidson elected new Green Party Co-leader". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. 8 April 2018.
  9. ^ "New Year honours list 2013". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 2018.

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