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Paenga-Whāwhā / April 2016
Kei ōku whakatamarahi ki te rangi, kei ōku whakateitei ki te whenua, nei rā te reo mihi a whakaata Māori e pāoho atu nei ki a koutou katoa. Ka tangi rā ki ngā mate o te wā, huri noa i te motu. Okioki mai rā koutou ki te uma o tō tātou kaihanga.
Hoki mai rā ki ā tātou te hunga ora, e takatÅ« nei, e mahi nei i ngā mahi.  TÄ“nā hoki koutou katoa.
Māori Television mourns the death of distinguished broadcaster, Whai Ngata, who reported on and witnessed many landmark events in New Zealand’s social history for more 30 years.
Mr Ngata (Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau ā Apanui) started out as a reporter with The Auckland Star in 1968, moving to Radio New Zealand, then television, spending 25 years at Television New Zealand. In 2007 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and television.
Māori Television Chief Executive Paora Maxwell says he was a mentor to many in the Māori broadcasting industry, many who have worked, or continue to work at Māori Television.
“Without the contribution of people like Whai, Māori Television might not have come into existence. Haere rā e Hika.”


Māori Television and Te Māngai Pāho are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for an exciting drama partnership opportunity for 2016.

For Māori Television Service to contribute effectively to our mission of protecting and promoting Māori language and culture, we need to drive growth in our engagement levels on all platforms.
  • Drama is a key programme genre in Māori Television’s Content Strategy.
  • Serial dramas can provide loyal returning audiences whilst reflecting and engaging culture and language in a meaningful, but entertaining way and, enable audiences to explore important contemporary issues in way that factual programmes cannot.
  • A serial drama will provide a vehicle to engage audiences and as well provide opportunities for language and tikanga learning and online extensions using drama as a resource.
Māori Television and Te Māngai Pāho seek Expressions of Interest from producers and production companies interested in forming a partnership with us to initially develop a serial drama and subsequently, subject to funding, undertake production of the serial drama.
The following criteria will be among a number of important considerations in our selection of a production partner(s).
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to protecting and promoting te reo me ngā tikanga Māori in previous productions.
  • Previous relevant experience in scripted television, particularly comedy or drama.
  • Previous relevant Māori production experience particularly in managing complex productions and in language learning.
  • Ability to attract and retain creative personnel.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and support kaupapa Māori.
  • Track record of delivering on time and on budget.
  • Track record of commitment to capacity building Māori within the industry – particularly in writing and directing.
All Expressions of Interest including relevant documentation, testimonials and details of production experience must be delivered via emailed PDF (not as Word documents) to this address: by 5pm on Friday 22 April 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the EOI, please contact our Head of Programming, Haunui Royal on

E ngā Mana. E ngā Reo. E ngā iwi whakamataku o te motu. Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

Commissioning would like to welcome the latest addition to the team, Manukaroa Anderson (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Rarawa ki Hokianga, Ngāti Haua), the department’s new fluent commissioner.

Manukaroa has experience in television and corporate production as a producer, director, and writer, working in development, script doctoring across multiple genres including film, television, and web, and developing online, marketing, and te reo Māori language strategies for various independent productions and government entities. Some of her most recent production credits include Songs from the Inside, Patapatai, Fitness in the Whare, and writing the documentary-feature Making Good Men due to air on Prime in 2016.

“We’re in a golden-era of television. There is some amazing content being produced from every corner of the globe, and I am really proud to be producing from a corner that is uniquely Māori. That place for me, is Māori Television.”
Manukaroa can be contacted at:

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whānau o Whakaata Māori e hine!

In the meantime, we’d like to thank Tiwai Reedy for the mahi he’s done while contracted to the commissioning team over the past three months. Tiwai’s worked across a wide genre of content during his career which has meant he’s been a real asset – particularly in assessing programmes.
While we’ll miss your quick wit and cheeky sense of humor e hoa, we’re pleased your depth of experience is returning to the independent sector and wish you all the best with your future endeavours.

Hei kōrero whakakapi ka waiho mā ēnei kupu whakaari tātou katoa e whakaaweawe.
“Kia māniaroa tā tātou titiro ki te Aotūroa.”
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