Taika is of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent and hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast. He has been involved in the film industry for several years, initially as an actor, and now focusing on writing and directing.
Two Cars, One Night is Taika's first professional film-making effort and since its completion in 2003 he has finished another short “Tama Tu” about a group of Maori soldiers in Italy during World War 2. He now has several feature scripts in development and has recently finished a story set in 1980's rural NZ, which has been accepted into the 2005 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab.
As a performer and comedian, Taika has been involved in some of the most innovative ans successful original productions seen in New Zealand. He regularly does standup gigs in and around the country and in 2004 launched his solo production, “Taika's Increible Show”. In 2005 he will stage the sequel, “Taika's Incrediblerer Show”. As an actor, Taika has been critically acclaimed for both his Comedic and dramatic abilities. In 2000 he was nominated for Best Actor at the Nokia Film Awards for his role in the Sarkies Brothers' film “Scarfies”.