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Tainui Tukiwaho plays Hugo


Tainui Tukiwaho plays Hugo in Step Dave

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.


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