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Jim Moriarty

Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kahungungu, Rangitane, Scots, Norwegian, Italian

about Jim

Jim Moriarty MNZM is co-founder and rangatira on the paepae auaha of Te Rākau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust. He and the company have been creating Theatre as a tool for change since 1989.


A veteran television, film and radio actor with nearly 50 years of professional experience, Jim was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 for Services to the Arts.


In 2011 was recognised by the Wellington City Council for his contribution to Wellington Theatre and his work with youth in the community.​​

'Jim Moriarty may never win an Oscar or get a knighthood for his contribution to the arts, but he is exactly the kind of guy who should.'

- Lynne Freeman, Capital Times

​His stage and screen roles have been many and varied, and include Close to Home (1975-83), Death of The Land (1978), Michael James Manaia (1994), Saving Grace (1997), The Strength of Water (2009), and Mahana (2016). In 2019 he led the screening of the epic four-part theatre project UNDERTOW on Māori Television.

Jim’s leadership of Te Rākau and commitment to theatre as a tool for change, combined with his experience as a registered psychiatric nurse, has helped change the lives of many of this country’s most vulnerable people.


His skills as a performer and a director, and his dedication and aroha for those he works with, has led him to develop and train many generations of theatre practitioners and aspiring artists. ​

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'Theatre as a tool to transform'
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