Waihoroi Shortland

Ngāti Hine, Te Aupouri


Waihoroi Shortland joined Māori Television’s board in May 2015. He holds a Diploma of Social Work from Victoria University and is the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hine. He has a wide range of experience behind and in-front of the camera. He was a senior journalist with Te Karere and has acted on stage, television and in film. His television roles included appearances inThe Billy T James Show and Homeward Bound. He was the cultural advisor on the Jane Campion film The Piano and is credited with the script of the 2001 film Crooked Earth. He also worked on Māori Televion show Te Hēteri and was the first presenter of Te Tēpu.

Waihoroi featured in several seminal Māori films including Rain of the Children, Boy and at the 2003 New Zealand Film Awards he won the best actor award for his role as Shylock/Hairoka in the first movie made entirely in te reo, Te Tangata Whai Rawa o Wēneti/Māori Merchant of Venice.

Raised in Matawaia in Te Taitokerau he is a native speaker of te reo with extensive expertise in te reo me ōna tikanga.