Māori Television is a New Zealand TV station broadcasting programmes that make a significant contribution to the revitalisation of "Te Reo" and tikanga Māori.

Twentieth-century broadcasting in Māori was provided by various New Zealand TV stations until Māori Television, a station funded by the New Zealand Government, started broadcasting on 28 March 2004, based in the inner-Auckland suburb of Newmarket.

Highlights of its historyEdit

  • 28 March 2004 - opening day (a highlight of human history)
  • 1 August 2005 -- English subtitles for the late-evening repeats of the main News broadcasts


To revitalise Māori language and culture through broadcasting.

Maori Television Service Act 2003Edit

The relevant legislation, the Maori Television Service Act 2003 says "The principal function of the Service is to promote te reo Maori me nga tikanga Maori through the provision of a high quality, cost-effective Maori television service, in both Maori and English, that informs, educates, and entertains a broad viewing audience, and, in doing so, enriches New Zealand's society, culture, and heritage".

The Act defines the responsibilities of these groups:


Show Release Date Notes
Currently Active Programmes
2030 CE 3D animated show in Te Reo Māori
Ask Your Auntie
B&B sitcom
Coast Music show
Code Sports show hosted by Tawera Nikau, Jenny-May Coffin, Wairangi Koopu, Richie Barnett, and Matua Parkinson
Cyberworld Maori perspective on technology and internet
Hākinakina Sports show
He Matapihi Documentary series looking back on Māori history
He Raranga Korero Repeating and enhancing relevant documentaries from the past 30 years
Hunting Aotearoa Hosted by Howie Morrison Jr.
Iwi Allstars Celebrity reality show
Kai Time on the Road Cop and chef seek traditional recipes
Kete Aronui Arts show
Korero Mai soap opera teaching Māori language six days a week at 7pm (with a repeat at or soon after 10:30); has breaks of many weeks between series
Ma Tatou
Maggie & the Ferocious Beast Animated show translated into Te Reo Maori
Manu Rere Hosted by Kaa Williams
Maramataka or "Once Were Gardeners"
Meke My Waka Maori version of Pimp My Ride; hosted by Veeshayne Armstrong, Pumi Tumai, DJ Hazadus, and DJ Kaotic
Mitre 10 Marae DIY Reality show renovating meeting houses
Monday Night League The feature game of the Bartercard Cup rugby league competition is broadcast each Monday night; expert commentary in English.
Moteatea Classical songs with words and explanations
Oceania Wide-ranging documentaries extending into South-East Asia
Panui Pasifika
Pukana Children's show in Te Reo Māori hosted by Te Atirau Paki and Matai Smith. Also screened on TV3.
Putahi Takaro
Tangaroa Hosted by Pio Terei
Tagata Pasifika Also screened on TV ONE; hosted by Beatrice Faumuinaa and others
Tau Ke Children's show
Te Heteri current affairs, hosted by Wena Harawira with poetical conclusions from Waihoroi Shortland ("Shylock")
Te Kāea News Ngarimu Daniels, Peata Melbourne, Oriini Kaipara, and Julian Wilcox (and others) host 20-30 minutes of news (including sport) and weather every evening at 7:30pm (repeated at or soon after 11, with -- since 1 August 2005 -- English subtitles)
The New Adventures of Ocean Girl Children's cartoon translated into Te Reo Māori
Toa Anga Whati Maori
Toi Whakaari Arts show
Waka Huia also screened on TV ONE; archival series
World Health Magazine Magazine style health show
On Hiatus
Hauora Hokianga
Iwi Toa
Kupuhua Māori quiz show
Mana Tangata Profiles of well-known Māori people
Maorioke Vocal talent quest
Technology Today
Umanga Business show hosted by Awerangi Durie
Warrant of Fitness Health show
Cancelled Programmes
Best of Haa 2005 Recap show hosted by Tumehe and Whakaangi Rongonui
Best of the Most Extreme
He Puata Whakairo
Nga Kaireka o te Kainga
Ngati NRL Sports show
Pio Revisited Comedy skit show by Pio Terei
Te Haerenga
Waka Ama IVF Va'a World Sprint Championships


There are seven members of the Board of Directors. Crown appointees are Wayne Walden, Wena Tait, and Rod Cornelius. Te Pūtahi Pāoho appointees are Craig Soper, Garry Muriwai, Amohaere Houkamau and Leonie Pihama.


There are two standing committees The Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Members of the Audit Committee are Garry Muriwai, Amohaere Houkamau, and Craig Soper. Members of the Remuneration Committee are Wayne Walden, Wena Tait, and Rod Cornelius.

Executive TeamEdit

  • Chief Executive: Jim Mather
  • GM Operations: Barry Russ
  • GM Finance and Administration: Alan Withrington
  • GM Reo & Programming: Tawini Rangihau
  • GM Sales: Marketing and Communication: Sonya Haggie

See alsoEdit


  • Māori Television Site 2006 [1] Retrieved Feb. 20 2006

External linksEdit

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