Kathryn Rawlings - Aruna Po Ching
   
  • SELECT
    HEIGHT:
    165cm
    HAIR:
    black
    EYES:
    brown
  • Aruna Po Ching
    BACKGROUND
    Aruna Po-Ching started her formal training with Pacific Theatre in 1990. Film, television, theatre, musicals and freelance singing, Aruna gained her experiences in both Auckland and Australia and became a professional Polynesian dancer and singer from 1998. In 2014, Aruna appeared BBC TV series Tatau and currently working on Foxtel series Fighting Season aired in 2018. Aruna's skills expanded to and included Hawaiian hula dancer, backing vocalist for bands, radio announcer on Koori Radio, MC for dance shows and festivals and featured dance spots on TVCs and short films. In 2017, Aruna graduated with a diploma for Documentary Directing and Research at South Seas Film and Television and is currently working on short film documentary. Aruna has recently appeared in season 4 of WESTSIDE and in the feature film THE WAITING ROOM.

  • TELEVISION
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2019
  • WESTSIDE V
  • Nurse
  • South Pacific Pictures
  • Various
  • 2018
  • BAD SEED
  • Alia
  • South Pacific Pictures
  • Helena Brooks & Caroline Bell-Booth
  • 2018
  • RUNAWAY MILLIONAIRES
  • Journalist #4
  • Fearless Productions
  • Danny Mulheron
  • 2017
  • WESTIDE IV
  • Nurse
  • South Pacific Pictures
  • Murray Keane
  • 2017
  • FIGHTING SEASON
  • Tina Ulalei
  • Goalpost Pictures
  • Kate Woods & Ben C. Lucas
  • 2017
  • FIGHTING SEASON
  • Tina Ulalei
  • Goalpost Pictures
  • Kate Woods & Ben C. Lucas
  • 2014
  • TATAU
  • Paeta
  • Tatau Productions Limited
  • Wayne Yip
  • 2012
  • HARRY
  • Sina
  • Desert Road Productions
  • Peter Burger
  • 1999
  • COOKING WITH FRANK
  • Dancer
  • Channel SBS Sydney
  • 1993
  • SHORTLAND STREET
  • Mrs. Sene
  • South Pacific Pictures
  • Various

  • SHORT FILM
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2017
  • THE WAITING ROOM
  • Samoan Mother
  • Craig Gainsborough
  • Ghazaleh Goldbaksh
  • 2008
  • LOOP
  • Lead
  • NZ Film Academy
  • Bruce Ashton
  • 2004
  • TWIRL
  • Lila
  • 2001
  • THE GENTS
  • Vanessa
  • Pip Malone
  • 2000
  • WILLIAM P
  • Television Reporter
  • Peter Melov
  • 1995
  • MALAMA
  • Mother
  • He Taonga Films

  • THEATRE
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2019/20
  • ROMEO & JULIET
  • Lady Capulet
  • Pop-Up Globe
  • Dr. Miles Gregory
  • 2019/20
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
  • Margaret
  • Pop-Up Globe
  • Miriama McDowell
  • 2016
  • OFFICER 27
  • Lead - Tulia
  • Basement Theatre
  • Janelle Bish
  • 2013
  • A LONG WHITE CLOUD
  • Actor
  • Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts
  • William Pope L
  • 2008
  • THE DRAGON OF AN ORDINARY FAMILY
  • The Pumphouse
  • Tim Bray
  • 2007-08
  • FLINTLOCK MUSKET
  • Chorus
  • The Edge
  • Rachel House/Cameron Rhodes
  • 2001-02
  • TAMASESE
  • Wverly Council Bondi Pavillion, Sydney
  • 1991
  • LUPE & SINA
  • Auckland University Peanut Slab Festival
  • 1990-92
  • PACIFIC THEATRE
  • Justine Simei-Barton

  • MUSICAL THEATRE
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2001
  • MAUI & MAHUIKA
  • Singer/Dancer/Actor
  • Casulla Powerhouse, Sydney
  • 1998
  • LEADER OF THE PACK
  • Eastern Musical Society, Sydney
  • 1997
  • ANYTHING GOES
  • Chorus Dancer
  • Cocatour Production, Sydney
  • 1992
  • HAIR, THE MUSICAL
  • Chorus
  • Auckland Operatic Society

  • VOICE
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2011
  • SOUTH PACIFIC FESTIVAL
  • Online Channel Peresenter
  • ABC Radio, Sydney
  • 2008-09
  • ZOH ZOH
  • Siner/Dancer
  • Afro Ejo Music
  • 2005-06
  • JERVAIS KOFFE & THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
  • Backing Vocals/Dancer
  • African Reggae/Pop
  • 2004
  • CHRIS KAYANA GUDU
  • Backing Vocals/Dancer
  • African Groove
  • 2003
  • SAMOAN DREAMING
  • Broadcaster
  • Koori Radio, Sydney
  • 2003
  • GRACE
  • Backing Vocals
  • Polyphony Entertainment
  • 2002
  • CITY TATTESALLS CHOIR
  • Musical Director
  • Sydney
  • 2001
  • WOMEN UPFRONT
  • Featured Singer
  • Carnivale Festival, Sydney Opera House
  • 2000
  • OUR SEA OF ISLANDS
  • Voice Over
  • Polynesian Programme
  • 2000
  • JON GOD
  • Backing Vocals
  • Covers Band
  • 2000
  • SOUL FOOTE
  • Singer
  • RnB Soul Duo
  • 1999-PRESENT
  • 4 D DIVINE
  • Singer
  • RnB/Soul/Funk/Rock
  • the Basement, Sydney
  • 1999
  • STEVE PRESTWICH
  • Backing Vocals
  • 1998
  • PETER HEALY
  • Lead/Backing vocalist
  • 1997
  • GIRLS ON TOP
  • Freelance Singer

  • NON-BROADCASTING
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 1998
  • COURT PROCEDURES
  • Jury Supreme Court
  • Elmac Productions Sydney

  • OTHER
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2010
  • PACIFIC DANCE FONO
  • Dancer
  • Lab Fono
  • 2010
  • HAWAIIN HULA
  • Guest Lecturer/Dance Tutor
  • AUT
  • 2009-PRESENT
  • HALAU KA WAIHKAHE LANI MALIE
  • Founer
  • Hawaiin Hula School for Children
  • 2008-PRESENT
  • HULA PROJECT
  • Director/Choreographer
  • Pasifika Festival
  • 2008-PRESENT
  • HAWAIIN HULA
  • Guest Tutor
  • Pacific Institute of Performing Arts
  • 2008
  • WEST GUINEA DANCE
  • Dancer
  • Jimi Dale
  • 2007-08
  • LALAU O KAHELELANI
  • Kumu Hula
  • Dee Dee Nielson
  • 2006
  • PASIFIKA SWAY SHOW
  • Dancer
  • Polynesian Cultural Centre
  • 2005-PRESENT
  • HAWAIIN/COOK ISLAND DANCE
  • Teacher
  • DANCE CENTRAL, SYDNEY
  • 2005
  • FERNANDO - SYDNEY SEXY CITY
  • Dancer
  • Music Video
  • 2004
  • WORDS - KID CONFUSIS
  • Dancer
  • Music Video
  • 2004
  • PASIFIKA SWAY SHOW
  • Dancer
  • Pasifika Festival
  • 2002-PRESENT
  • PASIFIKA SWAY
  • Director, Choreographer, Event Coordinator
  • 2002
  • BODIES
  • Choreographer/Dancer
  • Dance Festival, Sydney
  • 2001-02
  • GROOVE LOUNGE
  • Choreographer/Dancer
  • Bondi Beach, Sydney
  • 2001-02
  • POLYNESIAN VOYAGERS SHOW
  • Dancer
  • Sydney Circuit
  • 2001
  • POLYNESIAN VOYAGERS SHOW
  • Dancer
  • Pacific Wave Festival
  • 2001
  • SPACIFIC VIBRATIONS
  • Dancer
  • Pacific Wave Festival
  • 2001
  • UNMASKED
  • Dancer
  • Riverside Theatre Company, Sydney
  • 2000
  • DISTORTION
  • Dancer
  • NSW Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • 2000
  • WIRI WAHINE - FASHION WEEK
  • D/Model
  • Djamu Gallery, Sydney
  • 1999-2002
  • CULTURE EXPRESS
  • Choreographer/Dancer
  • Co-Director Polynesian Dance Group
  • 1999-2002
  • POLYNESIAN DANCER/TUTOR
  • Dancer/Tutor
  • Wahine Dance Troupe, Sydney
  • 1999
  • MULTI-CULTURAL AWARENESS
  • Polynesian Tutor
  • Minda Juvenille Detention Centre
  • 1998-99
  • WAITANGI FESTIVAL
  • Dancer/Tutor
  • Wahine/Kila Productionz, Bondi Pavillion, Sydney
  • 1998-2000
  • FREELANCE POLYNESIAN DANCER
  • Dancer
  • Able Promotions, Sydney
  • 1998
  • TRIBE VIBE FASHION SHOW
  • Dancer
  • Pacific Wave Festival
  • 1998
  • FLAX MAT THEORIES
  • Dancer/Tutor
  • On Point Productions, Sydney


  • TRAINING
  • 2003 - 2006 Dance Central Studio Sydney- Salsa, Latin Funk, Samba, Belly Dancing
  • 1998 - 2002 West Guinea Dance Sydney - West Guinea Ballet
  • 2007 - 2008 Hawaiian Hula Auckland - Hawaiin Hula, Kumu Hula
  • 2008 - Present Belly Dancing
  • 2008 West Guinea Dance Auckland
  • 2009 - 2011 IndepenDANCE - Muscle and Bone, Mau Rakau
  • 2010 Presenter's Platform Level 1
  • 2006 - 2010 Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie Ka Lauae Foundation Hawaii - Hawaiin Hula, Kumu Blaine Kia
  • 2014 - Screen Workshop with Peter Feeney

  • RELEVANT SKILLS
  • Restricted Drivers License.
  • Highly Skilled Hula dancer, Singer (Gospel, RnB - Soprano)
  • Basic Samoan and Spanish language.
  • Accents: Samoan, Spanish, Italian.
  • Basic Skills: Kickboxing, ukelele.
  • Siva dancing