Tuakoi is of Māori and Pākehā decent, hailing from the tribes of Ngāti Hine, Mataatua, Tainui, Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa and Ngāi Pākeha.
Her debut and first opportunity in acting started in 2018 when she was cast in a drama series, ‘Ahikaaroa’. Not long after, she landed the role of Hera in the ‘one of a kind’ indigenous theatre show BLACK TIES, created by two indigenous theatre companies; Te Rēhia Theatre and Ilbijerri Theatre. The directors of Te Pou Theatre, Tainui Tukiwaho and Amber Curreen, have been a great support.
Along with the brilliant minds of all involved and the mentorship of Tainui and Amber she was given the opportunity to write ‘KŌPŪ’, a theatre piece celebrating ira wahine. All her experiences thus far has given her the motivation and aspirations to continue to act in projects that require the positive representation of Māori, and to create content that involves all Māori that wish to pursue this path in the arts. Her appreciation never goes unnoticed for the support and love that has been given to her.
Tuakoi is also currently a member of the esteemed Kapa Haka, Te Rōpū Manutaki, founded by Dr. Peter Sharples
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