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Current Affairs from a Kaumatua Perspective

Publicity Release
Wednesday September 27 2006

Current Affairs from a Kaumatua Perspective

A new current affairs show from a kaumatua (elder) perspective – TE TEPU – premieres on Maori Television on Tuesday October 3 at 8.00 PM.

The half-hour programme entirely in the Maori language, TE TEPU – or ‘the table’ – sees prominent kaumatua from throughout the country joining presenter Waihoroi Shortland (Ngati Hine, Te Aupouri) around the table to share their views on local, national and international issues.

Maori Television head of news and current affairs, Te Anga Nathan, says the show seeks the kaumatua perspective on issues which are impacting on Maori and will appeal to native and fluent speakers of reo Maori as well as learners of the language.

In the first two episodes (Tuesday October 3 at 8.00 PM and Tuesday October 10 at 8.00 PM), three elders – Aubrey Temara (Ngai Tuhoe), Moe Milne (Ngati Hine) and Anaru Sarich (Ngapuhi) – will join Shortland to discuss a broad cross-section of subjects from parliamentary to fisheries issues.

“Topics include the Maori MPs in Parliament, the controversy surrounding the Pope and the large number of our people who have all recently passed on within a short space of time.

“The kaumatua will also focus on the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission as the Tuhoe people question what’s happening with their shares and quota, the Kahui case as the hunt continues for the killer of the twin boys, and National’s Don Brash and his infidelity.”

For news and current affairs from a kaumatua perspective, tune into TE TEPU on Maori Television every Tuesday at 8.00 PM and repeated with English language subtitles every Sunday at 6.00 PM.

ENDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR TE TEPU

Year 2005
Censor General Exhibition (G)
Duration 30-minute programme
Language Maori with English language subtitles

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