Hori Ahipene

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe

Hori Ahipene is a playwright, director and actor. “Since Hori Ahipene graduated from the NZ Drama School in 1989 he has worked consistently on groundbreaking theatre and television. Working in Te Reo and English, as a writer and director as well as an actor, his work crosses easily between Pakeha and Māori cultures. On the big screen Ahipene has had roles in The Piano, Jubilee and Perfect Creature (currently in post-production). His theatre experience includes directing Mapaki (2001), which was a finalist in the Chapman Trip Theatre Awards for Best Original Production, and writing Hide and Seek, which won Best Original Production and Best Taki Rua Play in 1993. For television, Ahipene’s performances in the comic series Skitz and The Semi-Si were a huge hit. Other television acting includes Xena, Hercules and Shortland Street, and he directed the Te Reo children’s show Pukana. He is currently writing and directing for the highest rating show on Māori television, Kōrero Mai.”

Biographical sources

  • www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0407/S00154.htm 6 Sept. 2006

    Performing Arts

  • Hide ‘N’ Seek. Directed and co-written by Hori Ahipene and Hone Kouka. Wellington, N.Z.: Aoraki, 1993.
  • Hone Kouka writes that this play is ‘a journey of self-discovery.’ Hide ‘N’ Seek was performed at Taki Rua Depot Theatre in Wellington from October 27 - November 18, 1992, and was awarded Most Original Production Award at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 1992.


  • “Te Puni Kokiri: News in brief.” Te Māori News Nov. 1992: 2.