Born in Tonga and an immigrant to New Zealand at 5yo, Mia’s background has taught her to relate to all walks of life – and strongly informs her belief that representation and inclusivity matter.
With 25 + years as an accomplished actress, she is adept at creating safe working environments for her cast and has many practical tools to help her actors with even the trickiest of scripts.
With 2 years directing Shortland Street under her belt, she knows how to work under extreme pressure, and has a natural eye for composition and the editing process.
Her confidence in this process means she understands what coverage she does and doesn’t need, and when she has the shot.
She also challenges the high-intensity crew to think outside the box when it comes to top-rate production values.
Mia’s strength lies in her ability to draw truthful performances from her actors in a responsible way.
Her calm and enthusiastic nature makes her a natural leader who is well-versed in keeping her team happy, focused and able to deliver.