Ngāti Porou/ Ngāruahine / Kuki Airani / Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki
Born and raised in Gisborne, Rutene graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) 2009 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre). Since then, the singer, actor, and entertainer has toured nationally and internationally performing for various theatre and corporate entertainment companies. He has appeared in shows such as: Anything Goes; he Buddy Holly Musical, Grease, Avenue Q, Lacage Aux Folle, The Mikado, Oklahoma, Chicago, Billy Elliot The Musical (New Zealand Premiere), Pop Up Globe to name a few, and most recently appeared in Jersey Boys (Australia Tour).
Outside of his busy performance schedule, Rutene also works as a director, producer, and vocal and performance coach. Rutene is a proud member and vocal coach of Te Kapa Haka of Whāngara-Mai-Tawhiti. Rutene is also a part of the Modern Māori Quartet whānau but one day would like to be the next Jim Hickey and read the weather for the national news.