Niki Caro (born 1967) is an award winning film director, producer and screenwriter who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. Her most significant film to date is Whale Rider
from 2002. It was critically praised and won a number of awards at international film festivals. She went on to direct Charlize Theron in an Oscar-nominated performance in North Country
Caro graduated BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 1988, and MFA from Swinburne University of Technology.
Caro's first movie was Memory and Desire, which was chosen for the New Zealand Prestigious Critics week in 1998. In 1999 the movie was voted best new film at the New Zealand Film Awards. She has been working for several years on a screen adaptation of Elizabeth Knox's novel The Vintner's Luck
and will direct the film version in 2008. It was finished on the 12th of March 2009- After 6 years.