Rene Naufahu

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Rene Naufahu (born May 1970) is a New Zealand-born actor, screen writer and director of Tongan and Samoan heritage. He is perhaps best known for being an original cast member of the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, playing paramedic Sam Aleni for the show's first four years. However since leaving the soap opera in 1996 he has gone on to have other success. In 2006, at the Air New Zealand Screen Awards, he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role! As Erasmus, in the Toa Fraser film No.2. The film won the Audience Award, World Cinema - Dramatic, at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. In 2005 he co-wrote The Market with Brett Ihaka, and Matthew Grainger. He also directed the 13 episode drama series with Damon Fepulea'i, and Geoff Cawthorn. He was an attendee of the Amsterdam-based Binger Institute's Script Development program in 2003.
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