in Lion King's te reo reboot
When The Lion King film first came out in 1994, actor Mātai Rae (Ngāpuhi, Waikato) did not speak te reo Māori.
“I had no reo Māori at all, and actually, it was that year that I started my journey in te reo,” he said.
Now he has voiced Pumbaa, the iconic, endearing warthog in Kīngi Raiona, the reo Māori version of the Lion King which premiered at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on Tuesday night, ahead of its general release on June 23.
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