Isaac Te Reina
I am a small town local lad raised in Plimmerton, Porirua. My roots are up in the Kapiti coast. Ko Ngati Raukawa toku Iwi, Ngati Kapumanawawhiti toku hapu, Te Pou o Tainui toku marae. I trained at the 'NZ Film & TV School' to begin my career as a professional filmmaker and then felt I needed to diversify my knowledge and skill set as a film director in order to connect and articulate with actors. I met Sara Wiseman on a feature film 'Human Traces' who serendipitously was looking for someone to begin training at 'The Actor's Program' 2016. Twas here I began my training as a professional and now working actor - underneath Kathryn Rawling's agency. For 5 years I have co-created with a range of NZ and international artists in film/writing and theatrical works and have just recently won Creative New Zealand's 'Nga Manu Pirere' award for best emerging Maori artist 2018.
Story telling is part of who we all are, but at the core of who I am I have an irresistible passion for wanting to creatively influence the culture of Aotearoa, NZ and eventually beyond to the world.