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Taratoa was born in Hawera, Aotearoa New Zealand.

His father was English and his mother is Māori (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa). 

He recently directed his script, TAUMANU (Reclaim) in Aotearoa for TVNZ. TX date: Feb’ 2022.

He is currently developing his first feature, MĀRAMA, a Māori revenge horror set in Victorian England, 1869. MĀRAMA received early development funding from the BFI, was selected for the imagineNATIVE Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive 2020 program, the Toronto I.F.F. Writers Studio 2021 and the inaugural Black List New Zealand Project.

Taratoa has directed six short films, screening in festivals including BFI London, Edinburgh, Encounters, Māoriland, Angers and Busan, as well as being broadcast on BBC2, BBC3, Film4 and Canal+.

He lives in London and speaks German and French.

Edinburgh I.F.F. ‘Talent Lab’ participant, 2019

John Brabourne Award recipient, 2020



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