Taratoa has directed six short films. These have screened in festivals including London Short Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Māoriland Film Festival, Angers Premier Plans and Busan International Short Film Festival, as well as being broadcast on BBC2, BBC3, Film4 and Canal+.
He is currently developing his first feature with support from the B.F.I. - MĀRAMA is a Māori revenge drama set in Victorian England.
Taratoa was born in Hawera, Aotearoa. He is part Māori (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa), he lives in London and he speaks German and French.