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What is a Maori Programme?

MEDIA RELEASE: This week on Marae - 9 June 2007

Slotting In: Recently TVNZ executives appeared before the Mäori Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about Mäori programming, one of the committee's concerns were the timeslots Mäori programmes were played in. Potaka Maipi investigates.

Maori presence versus Maori Programmes: The Mäori Affairs Select Committee also raised eyebrows regarding another issue. What constitutes a Mäori Programme and defining Mäori presence on Television.

This week on Marae's live studio interview, Shane Taurima explores these definitions with Te Mangai Paho CEO John Bishara, Mäori Television CEO Jim Mather and TVNZ's General Manger of Mäori Programmes Whai Ngata.

Toa Mäori: Are the skills needed on the Rugby field the same as on the battleground? Mäori excel at both, and at the 28 Mäori Battalion and Ex All Blacks luncheon we asked the question?

Matariki Farm Lodge: Eighty years ago the then Governor General Lord Bledisloe visited the East Coast Marae of Sir Apirana Ngata to donate the Ahuwhenua Cup. This prized agricultural trophy is now back at Porourangi Marae to acknowledge the efforts of Matariki Farm Lodge, Eastern Regional finalist in this year's Best Mäori Farmer of the Year Competition.

Waiata: Supporting this week's story featuring members of the 28th Mäori Battalion is a group hailing from the East Coast region. The kapa haka group "Te Hokowhitu-a-Tu" named after the 27th Mäori Battalion, close today's programme with a waiata from the 2005 Te Matatini Festival entitled "Te Poho o Toku Tikanga".