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Rob Mokaraka
Rob's Dad was in the army so he grew up where the Army posted him. He has lived in Singapore, Burnham Army Camp (Canterbury), Mosgiel (South Island) and Auckland (South and West)
Rob completed an Acting course at Northland Polytechnic in Whangarei. After he finished there, he moved to Wellington and auditioned for a children’s Theatre Company called Capital E, which was his first introduction to being paid as an actor.
He learnt all about puppetry and singing to accompany acting. Back in 2000 Rob was chosen to play Duffy in the Duffy Theatre Production of 'Duffy's Big Day Out'. Rob has also written literature for John Kirwan's website after his very public battle with the illness. He has gone on to write, direct and act in many successful works such as ‘Strange Resting Places’ winning the 2007 Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Outstanding New Playwrights, he has just returned from Edinburgh where 'Strange Resting Places was invited to perfomr for the Fringe Festival 2014. ‘Ora Nui’ (Maori Literary Journal) collection of short stories & poetry 2012, ‘Maui’ a feature film in 2013, & ‘Sydney Bridge Upside Down’ produced by Taki Rua Productions.
This year Rob will star in ‘When We Go to War’ a new drama mini-series that will form a significant part of NZ on Air's contribution to the WWI centennial commemorations.
Rob says “Being an Actor means reading lots of scripts and learning lots of dialogue off by heart - then becoming a Writer meant reading and writing even more. I got excited about creating my own words and people reading them and acting them out.
Words are great ways to paint pictures and tell stories how you would like to hear and see them.”





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