Tainui Tukiwaho plays Hugo
Tainui has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Acting and is experienced in all areas of co-ordinating and executing professional theatre productions.
His commitment is to the growth of Te Ao Maori within the arts sector by motivating and inspiring a creative environment with Tikanga Maori as the foundation.
He has six years of professional producing experience as a company director to Taki Rua Productions, Te Rehia Theatre Company and Smack Bang Productions.
Tainui scored his most noteworthy role starring as legendary entertainer Billy T James in the telemovie, Billy. He also played a role in another based-on-a-true-story tele-feature, Tangiwai.
Tainui is currently working with Step Dave co-star Rawiri Jobe on creating a home for Maori theatre in New Zealand and was recently awarded a place on the 2015 ART Venture programme.The unique, year-long acceleration programme offers mentoring and guidance for entrepreneurial people working in Auckland’s creative sector.