Rena Owen, Actor, Actress, New Zealand, Star Wars, Once Were Warriors, Kiwi, The Dead Lands, film, movies, movie, The Last Witch Hunter, Revenge of the Sith, Attack of the Clones, Longmire, Shortland Street


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  1. This website is lovely, Ms. Owen. Your acting is right up there, as well. I first came to know of your work through the film, “Once were Warriors”, as many other people have, around the world. The film remains one of my all time favourite movies. The documentary on / about the movie was equally compelling viewing. I’m so glad that Julian Arahanga thought to gather the Heke family around again for a nice reunion.

    Do you take suggestions, for this website, Ms. Owen? I hope you do. I would love to read the full articles from the magasines on this page, please:
    The Listener magasine and NZ Film magasine articles interest me most. I reckon those would be quite good reads. Thank you, in advance, for the future posting of the articles, should you chose to do so.

    Take good care, everyone and have a great day!

    • Thank U Abbie! I’m very grateful to Armando Madero who did an amazing job of taking my old website and revamping it into this hot new site which I’m slowly but surely learning how to navigate 🙂 I am very open to all suggestions. Unfortunately with the Listener & NZ Film Magazines, they were all pre-internet in the mid 1990s, so are not available online. One day when time is on my side and I am back in NZ, I want to digitalize all my old media that came prior to the digital age we now live in. I have boxes full of great media and photos to be posted one day! For now, I’ll be posting articles and photos I can access. Appreciate your support!

  2. Aloha Rena,

    Just watched the Once Were Warriors reunion and was reminded of your outstanding work on the film.

    You’re an inspiration to someone like me, a Polynesian actor just trying to make it.

    Just found your Facebook page, and I’m excited to follow your cinematic endeavors.

    Have a great weekend!

    Mahalo Nui,


    • Bless U, Wayne. I thought Julian (Nig) did a great job of the reunion documentary, particularly knowing how much interview, general & film footage, he had to chose from! Ps. All the best with your acting aspirations! It’s a very good time to be Polynesian or Ethnically Ambiguous!

  3. Kiaora Rena,

    I’ve been a fan of yours since the first time you played the role of Beth Heke. I rented it in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m thrilled to see you continue to have success over the years. I’m an indie filmmaker and screenwriter from America, never been to Aotearoa, but one of my buddies is Ngati Ranginui and from Tauranga. He’s working on building a Marae here in Las Vegas, Nevada. He respectfully cleared it with the Native Paiutes first. They supported his idea. I pray someday in the future I will get to work with you. I pray the Dead Lands is a success. Sincerely, Jason Anthony Fisher

    • Thanks, Jason! I’m hoping to get to Vegas soon and maybe we can meet, kanohi ki te kanohi (face 2 face)! For now, go to my pro face book page as there’s a link there for the OWW Reunion Documentary that you can watch online! Rena xo

  4. Hi Rena,

    I saw Once Were Warriors for the first time today. I was three when it came out- so I hope you’ll forgive the delayed fanmail! I was beyond moved and particularly blown away by your performance. I saw you before in The Straits (and I always thought you were pretty badass) so I guess it shouldn’t have gobsmacked me quite like that.

    Anyway, I was just googling around to find out what other work you’ve done when I stumbled on this website. I love that there’s a message section to write to you!

    I’m so happy that you are out there, doing such excellent and diverse creative work. I’m always saddened when us women of colour are put into simple stereotypes, or just african americanized, and it really makes me feel privileged to now have the chance to check out some more of your films and tv shows.

    Seriously, thank you.

  5. Hi Rena

    Thank you for simply being an excellent performer. Have enjoyed your performances thus far and will continue to do so in the future.

    thank you & take care