George Henare, OBE, CNZM

Biography: Henare became involved in theatre when he was in his late teens, after brief stints as a postman and teacher. He sang in the New Zealand Opera Company chorus in productions such as "Porgy and Bess" and "The Mikado". His singing wasn't his greatest asset, but his acting ability soon won him larger roles.

Under the auspices of the then-Maori Theatre Trust, Henare found himself "doing Maori stuff" - including promotional work for New Zealand produce. He joined the Mercury at the age of 25, in 1971, and in just over 10 years later he had appeared in dozens of parts, including Ratty, Dracula, Toad of Toad Hall, Snoopy, a bumblebee, a gorilla and more serious characters such as Lear, Lenin and Caesar. George has since worked with the Maori Theatre Trust, Wellington's Downstage Theatre, Radio Drama, the Mercury Theatre, the Auckland Theatre Company and in Australia the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney's Ensemble Theatre and Belvoir Street Theatre. Soon he broadened his
Henare became involved in theatre when he was in his late teens, after brief stints as a postman and teacher. He sang in the New Zealand Opera Company chorus in productions such as "Porgy and Bess" and "The Mikado". His singing wasn't his greatest asset, but his acting ability soon won him larger roles.

Under the auspices of the then-Maori Theatre Trust, Henare found himself "doing Maori stuff" - including promotional work for New Zealand produce.

He joined the Mercury at the age of 25, in 1971, and in just over 10 years later he had appeared in dozens of parts, including Ratty, Dracula, Toad of Toad Hall, Snoopy, a bumblebee, a gorilla and more serious characters such as Lear, Lenin and Caesar. George has since worked with the Maori Theatre Trust, Wellington's Downstage Theatre, Radio Drama, the Mercury Theatre, the Auckland Theatre Company and in Australia the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney's Ensemble Theatre and Belvoir Street Theatre. Soon he broadened his horizons into television and film. Now, he is considered one of New Zealand's finest actor of any race, not just Maori.
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