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Maori Television Highlights

Maori Television Highlights

September 11 - September 17 2006

MONDAY September 11
The Backyardigans - 4.30 PM
Kids can't get enough of the Backyardigans, a gang of computer-created animals who sing and dance their way through musical adventures in their backyards. Now the whole series has been dubbed into Te reo Maori so it's a learning experience as well as heaps of fun! Even grown-ups will enjoy it and pick up a few Maori words along the way.

TUESDAY September 12
B&B - 9.30 PM
Eccentric bicultural bed-and-breakfast owners Beverley and Bevan Best welcome more celebrity guests to their little establishment in the fictional town of Oneoneroa. Look out for laughs, Lamingtons and lashings of delicious double-entendres and hot debate on current events.

WEDNESDAY September 13
NZ Documentary: Nga Ringaringawaewae - 8.30 PM
For the first time, cameras go behind the scenes of the Ratana Church during its annual celebrations. This brand new documentary gives fascinating insight into those who work behind the scenes at Ratana Paa, and care for the 20,000 people who arrive en masse every January on this tiny settlement south of Wanganui. This documentary was re-scheduled from August 23, out of respect for the tangi of

THURSDAY September 14
Ngati NRL - 8.00 PM
More fly-on-the-wall adventures with Kiwi players trying to make it big in the Australian league scene. This week, cameras brave The Bronx - the accommodation block where the young Parramatta Eels players are housed - and find out why the nickname is so appropriate. Meanwhile, Balmain Tigers team mates Sam Moa and Rangi Chase become rivals when they take to the racing track in some fast cars.

SATURDAY September 16
Waka Reo - 7.00 PM
With 10 contestants left, and four gone, the competition starts to heat up. A gruelling physical challenge leaves one of the 'marae mates' ditched and down, while arguments start to flare up over housekeeping. Catch the latest gripping action in the reality show that strands strangers in a remote South Island marae, challenging them to live together and learn Te reo for a first prize of $10,000.

SUNDAY September 17
Ki Tai Ki Uta - 5.00 PM
Get your gumboots out! Brand new rural series Ki Tai Ki Uta starts tonight and focuses on a wide range of farming initiatives by Maori, including organics, beef and lamb, manuka honey and even trial hemp cultivation. Director Carol Archie says she was amazed by the range of Maori rural enterprises - from large companies producing wine and seafood to smaller whanau initiatives like the hemp growing. Take in some fresh country air and find out what's going on outside the cities with Ki Tai Ki Uta.

Sunday Feature: The Feathers of Peace - 9.00 PM
This remarkable film, showing for the first time on Maori Television, traces the final days of the Moriori of the Chatham Islands. These peaceful people vowed to never take up arms against other human beings. They were capable of defeating the invaders who came to their land, but chose not to. Drawing inspiration from Michael King's book Moriori, The Feathers of Peace brings the truth about what happened on the Chathams to a wider audience by modern TV news techniques and drama-documentary.


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