Actor injures brain in fall

20:20, Dec 04 2012
Director Julian Arahanga.

Wellington  actor and film-maker Julian Arahanga has suffered a brain injury after falling three metres on to concrete.

The actor, who appeared in films including The Matrix and Once Were Warriors, was discharged on Sunday after a week in hospital. He is expected to take months to recover from his injuries, which include bleeding on the brain.

The accident happened on the previous Sunday, while the 39-year-old was at a working bee at the Te Kaahui Te Kohanga Reo in Newtown.

He was standing on scaffolding, painting the side of a house, when a gust of wind rocked the rigging and tipped him headfirst on to the concrete below.

"I tried to get up afterwards and everyone was like, ‘Don't stand up because you've just fallen three metres,' " he said yesterday.

Ten days later, he is still recovering at home, sleeping and waiting for the headaches to subside. "I've felt better. I've had a headache since it happened, and I never get headaches."


Wife Becs said her husband had been lucky he wasn't higher on the scaffolding. "He'd just come down, it could have been much worse."

All being well, he should be fully recovered in about six weeks. "I don't think there is going to be any long-term effects, but it is a brain injury so it's quite tricky," she said.

Arahanga played Nig Heke, son of Jake the Muss and Beth Heke in Once Were Warriors and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? He also played Apoc in The Matrix.

He is a half-brother of Tammy Davis, who played Munter in the Outrageous Fortune series.

More recently, Arahanga has been making documentary films such as Songs From The Inside, in which musicians, including Anika Moa and Warren Maxwell, teach songwriting to prisoners at Rimutaka and Arohata.

The film screened on Maori TV earlier this year.

The Dominion Post