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Get Back to Nature With New Rural Show

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September 14 2006


Get Back to Nature With New Rural Show

Get your gumboots out – Maori Television’s new rural series KI TAI KI UTA is set to kick off on Sunday September 17 at 5.00 PM.

The thirteen-part series focuses on a wide range of rural initiatives run by Maori including organic farming, a large beef and sheep farm, manuka honey production and trial hemp cultivation.

Director Carol Archie says the range of Maori rural enterprises in New Zealand is astounding.

“There’s everything from large trust farms and big businesses like Wakatu wine and seafood at the top of the South Island, through to smaller whanau initiatives such as organic farming. KI TAI KI UTA is also an opportunity to look at rural themes from a Maori perspective.”

The first episode (Sunday September 17 at 5.00 PM) heads to an indigenous forest inland from Omaio on the East Coast of the North Island. It is one of the first areas to come under Nga Whenua Rahui scheme. In the forest, Te Whanau a Apanui is helping to save the endangered kokako. Nga Whenua Rahui is designed especially for Maori people to preserve areas of spiritual and cultural significance.

The second episode (Sunday September 24 at 5.00 PM) looks at how flax, once the base of a major industry in colonial New Zealand, is being re-evaluated today. In Te Kuiti, Rangitutahi Te Kanawa is investigating how flax fibre can be converted into a versatile thread, and be woven into fabrics and harakeke. Could flax once again become a major force in the textile industry?

Around the country, most Maori land owned by trusts and incorporations is managed by Pakeha farmers. In episode three (Sunday October 1 at 5.00 PM) KI TAI KI UTA visits the farm owned by Taringamotu Otakamahi Trust, one of the few in the country which has an all Maori staff, including the station manager, Barry Takawe.

Executive Producer Irene Gardiner says the level of innovation shown and the outstanding business success of many of the ventures makes KI TAI KI UTA a very positive and interesting series.

“It’s been a pleasure to work on the show for that reason, and also because rural New Zealand is very beautiful to photograph.”

Tune in to the premiere of new rural series KI TAI KI UTA on Sunday September 17 at 5.00 PM.

ENDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR KI TAI KI UTA

Year 2005
Censor General Exhibition (G)
Duration 13 x half hour series
Language Maori and English

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