George Henare Interview
George Henare Interview
NZ acting icon George Henare talks to View New Zealand about influences in his life, his favourite character and his predictions for Rugby World Cup 2011.

Firstly, how cool was it to be awarded an OBE AND a CNZM for your services to the theatre – doing a job you obviously love?

George Henare

Not only a great honour and pleasure for me but for my family, friends and theatre colleagues. Two very proud moments.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

George Henare

The great New Zealand Bass Inia Te Wiata was a great role model. Professional, hardworking, modest and a fantastic artist. It was a great privilege to have worked with him.
With such a range of characters from Shortland Street to Once Were Warriors, who has been your favourite character to play?

George Henare

I’ve loved them all but three stand out, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Midge in I’m Not Rappaport and Patara Te Tuhi in Goldie. Wonderful, quirky characters.
Where is your favourite place to be in New Zealand?

George Henare

Apart from the Home Farm on the East Cape – Ponsonby/Grey Lynn. The former because its home and all the memories that go with that and the latter because of the buzz of people, cafes and all the irresistible stuff a city offers.
Do you have a favourite restaurant or bar in New Zealand?

George Henare

“Mello” and “Ripe” – are two cafes that could be mistaken for my fridges. Delicious. Also “Gannet Rock Café” gets a weekly visit – the best “Eggs Benedict with Salmon” in town (all in Auckland).

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