Tungia Baker

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Tungia Baker (1941 – 27 July 2005) was a Maori actress whose notable film roles include Hira in The Piano.[1]

The daughter of noted Ngāti Raukawa elder Matenga Baker of Otaki, she was a National Representative of American Field Service, pioneering marae visits for incoming AFS scholars.[2]

She was closely associated with Raukawa Marae and Rangiatea Church, Otaki. In the last part of her life, she lived on the West Coast.

She died of cancer on 27 July 2005[1] and is buried in Rangiatea churchyard.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lentz, Harris M. (2006). Obituaries In The Performing Arts, 2005. McFarland & Co. p. 17. ISBN 0-7864-2489-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. www.afsnzl.org.nz