I recently bumped into New Zealand actor and filmmaker Pete Smith and he agreed to do another interview on Voices from the North. In light of this meeting, I thought I would upload this interview I did with Pete in 2007.

The man’s great warmth, humility and humour shine through the hour as he speaks of his life. From humble rural beginnings in a large family in New Zealand’s Far North to a time of reckoning as a teenager and young man in Mount Eden Prison to his breakthrough while in prison into the world of acting, Pete Smith’s dialogue is fascinating and inspiring.

Three times this man has received New Zealand’s best supporting actor award. You’ll know him for parts in The Quiet Earth, Once Were Warriors and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, amongst many other roles in film and television.

Near the end he speaks of his documentary film making of Maramataka: Once Were Gardeners, in which he celebrates people working with the land in the Far North.

Pete Smith lays his life on the table for all to hear and laughs as he speaks of being initially awestruck in the midst of famous actors like Susan Dey. He soon realized these people ‘all put their pants on one leg at a time.’ You cab see some of his varied roles here on IMDB

Listen to this interview and be inspired by a man who embraces the wisdom of his vast (and sometimes painful) experience and his Maori roots and expresses his love of life and the human experience.

I look forward to Pete’s return to the Voices from the North in February 2010.

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