Hi Aunty Rena, just wanted to leave some words of love on your guestbook. Last time i saw you was at NEO’s 60th birthday bash. Miss and Love you. keep doing the great work you’re doing Reply ↓
Hi Aunty Rena,
just wanted to leave some words of love on your guestbook. Last time i saw you was at NEO’s 60th birthday bash. Miss and Love you. keep doing the great work you’re doing
Thank you Maurie! From Aotearoa, New Zealand, I love and miss yawl!XO
Hi Rena, I was wondering if you have any recollection of where the pub location in Once Were Warriors is? I’m interested in visiting it and a few other locations from the film.
The interior for all the pub scenes was a set built in a warehouse in Onehunga. The exterior of pub was a place in South Auckland. I just found this online:
Living in South Auckland where a lot of the scenes were filmed. The pub was the first supermarket in New Zealand, in Great South Road., Otahuhu. In one shot you can see the block of flats on the other of the Tamaki River.
Next door is the pipe Grace walks across, also over the Tamaki river. Near the Heke house several large chimneys are visible which are at the Otahuhu Power Station.
Hi Rena “Helen” you are truly inspirational, i knew from first time i saw you on Siren that you were and are a down to earth dynamic lady “Mermaid” i felt a connection with you and your merpersona “Helen” from the start, love how you made #helenhybirdmer come to life so love her witty fun loving but strong no nonsense personality! Your role give essence and so much purpose to siren story lines, without you it would not strive as fintastically. Thank you for interacting with me and your fans on IG im blown away by your kind fun spirit.
Thank U! I really miss playing Helen Hawkins, loved that role and the entire cast & crew! You stay safe & well!XO
I really think that I may be related to Rena Owen. When I first saw her it blew my mind and I wish I knew for sure. There are so many possible connections and it’s not often that you find the last name Owen without the S. I have family in the Netherlands and England and I seriously wonder. Much success and blessings to you!
Hi Tyra. In brief, my great Grandfather was Welsh which is where the ‘Owen’ name comes from. Owen with an S as in ‘Owens’ is English. All I know is that he was a Whaler and he hooked up with a Maori woman in New Zealand and they begat my Grandfather, Arthur Owen Junior. I don’t know too much regarding my Welsh ancestors but I do know that ‘Owen’ is a common name in Wales, so we could be related 🙂
Recently a friend posted on Facebook asking for movies you never get tired of watching. I remembered Once Were Warriors. You were so good in that movie. Being familiar with an alcoholic father and household, it touched me deeply. I love the whole cast, but your performance was the best.
Thank you, Glen! Mucho appreciated xo
I am glad that I found this site!
Hi Beth you remember
Me the skinny little white boy from the land of the long white cloud.
We should catchup.
Give me a call if you still have my number
How could I forget ya?! I’ll be home at the end of the year xo
I’ve been a fan since I saw “Once Were Warriors” and now a fan of your character in Siren!
I hope you enjoy working in BC.
My father grew up in Kaitaia. Most of my family has moved to Aukland but some have stayed.
A big Canadian fan??☁️
Thank you Tiri!
I see the movie Siren has finally been released last month and have yet to see it. Anyways, hope you are doing well. A friend of mine and I will be visiting Los Angeles sometime in August this year. We have been fans of Once Were Warriors since it first came out back in 1994 and it would be awesome to meet you in person, if you are in town. Regards.
One day when we are in the same place, Alex!