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BACK FOR 2006! - Coast - On Maori Television

BACK FOR 2006!
Starting Thursday 16th March
At the new time of 9.30pm, on Maori Television

COAST, Maori Television’s flagship music show – and the only live music show in Aotearoa – returns to your television screens next Thursday with another season of awesome local music & entertainment.

The first COAST show of the year features live performances from NESIAN MYSTIK, SOLA ROSA with live band, and te reo Maori band IWI, plus chances to win tickets to see hip-hop legends De La Soul live at their Auckland or Wellington shows.

COAST is a bi-lingual show that features the best local music we can find, with big names such as Pitch Black, Che Fu, Savage and Aaradhna mixing it up with up & coming acts from around the country. In 2004 we featured Rosita Vai before she took out NZ Idol; Dilworth Karaka and Tama Lundon performed as Herbs Unplugged for a special tribute show to the band which also featured contemporary artists such as Ladi 6 and Open Souls performing Herbs songs; and to close our show last year the Patea Maori Club (including original members) travelled overnight from Taranaki to give us a stellar performance of Poi E, a fitting way to end our second season.

Presenters Brent Mio and Kara Rickard return to the COAST couch for the weekly one-hour broadcast which will feature studio performances, field reports, interviews and artist profiles. Brent Mio is a seasoned music host after fronting the first and second series of COAST as well as holding court on the breakfast show at top-rating Auckland radio station Mai FM 88.6. The Te Teko old boy’s musical influences extend from the Motown classics through to Bob Marley and the Wailers and beyond to modern hip hop soldiers like Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent and Eminem.

Raised in Raglan, Kara Rickard completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Waikato University before taking up a position doubling as production co-ordinator and te reo Maori consultant for an Auckland television production company. Rickard was lured from the beach to the big smoke of Auckland in 2004 and was destined to emerge from behind the scenes. Though she had no previous experience in front of the camera, her bubbly personality, good looks and love for New Zealand music ensured she was a natural for the role on COAST last year.

Rickard says she couldn’t have found a job to suit her better. “Presenting COAST is perfect for me because I’ve always loved live music and now I get to watch it, talk about it and meet the people who make it for a living! It also gives me the chance to use te reo Maori in a contemporary context which is fun and engaging for rangatahi. I think it’s important to expose people to Maori in as many settings as possible.”

COAST is recorded as-live on Wednesday nights at Maori Television’s state-of-the-art Newmarket studio (9-15 Davis Cres, Newmarket), with an open-door policy that allows audience members to come in and check out the studio experience. It is then broadcast the following night at 9.30pm on Maori Television.

COAST is produced by Visionary Film & TV, the production company helmed by Richard Driver. Brent Mio, Kara Rickard and/or Richard Driver are available for interviews, and publicity stills and review copies of the show are available upon request. The new website, www.coasttv.co.nz goes live next week.

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