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Maori TV Highlights: Week 51 - 2007

Maori Television Highlights

Week 51: Monday December 17 – Sunday December 23 2007

ITI POUNAMU (NZ SHORT FILMS) – Monday December 17 at 9.30 PM

Truant: Evan rides the bus all day instead of going to school – but when he gets off to follow Romy, she teaches him a lesson about life. With studio guest, director Michael Duignan.


For generations in Silesia, Poland, mining has been a way of life. But change in many forms has finally hit the region and the Mzryk family faces disintegration and cultural disruption for the first time.

NGA RIPO – Wednesday December 19 at 8.00 PM

A remarkable couple share their thoughts on whanau, marriage and running a family business. Hinemotu Paama (Ngaiterangi) and Tukapa Harawira (Ngati Ranginui) made a pact that they have kept for almost 70 years.

PINE OR POHUTUKAWA (NZ DOCO) – Wednesday December 19 at 8.30 PM

Comedian Pio Terei explores the highs and lows of the ‘silly season’ as he travels the country in search of the quintessential Kiwi Christmas. As Pio explores how New Zealanders celebrate Christmas, he also examines our national identity.

NBL: HARVEY NORMAN NZ BREAKERS – Thursday December 20 at 8.00 PM, repeats Saturday December 22 at 1.30 PM

Viewers can catch the game commentary of Te Arahi Maipi, Dale Husband, and Chris and Tania Tupu from the comfort of their couches when the NZ Breakers take on the Wollongong Hawks in round 14 of Australia’s Hummer Championship NBL.

GRAFFITI VERITE – Friday December 21 at 8.30 PM

This offbeat, eclectic art series explores the underground art and music scene of urban Los Angeles, challenging traditional perceptions of graffiti art and artists by introducing viewers to more than 400 pieces of high-end street art.

PUKANA IN THE PARK – Saturday December 22 at 4.00 PM

The reo Maori kid’s show again hosts this annual event at Auckland’s Tahaki Reserve which attracts hundreds of children. This year’s line-up includes Homai Te Pakipaki stars Robert Ruha and Jasmine Taare as well as Ardijah’s Betty-Anne and Ryan Monga.

KAITIAKI – Saturday December 22 at 7.00 PM

The first of a two-part story on the legacy of the now defunct Whakatane sawmill and the use of toxic chemicals in timber treatment. Although the mill closed in 1988, workers continue to battle to have their work-related health concerns recognised.

PARADISE IMPERFECT – Sunday December 23 at 4.00 PM

Part one of a two-part documentary on Papua New Guinea – one of the world's last remaining unchartered territories. This exotic, complex and contradictory land has a population of just five million who speak more than 850 languages.

MA TATOU CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – Sunday December 23 at 6.30 PM

Christmas comes early for the iwi-tainment community events show. Presenters Te Hamua Nikora and Veeshayne Patuwai are joined by reporters Lanita Ririnui-Ryan and Paora Crump for laughs, live music and, of course, plenty of kai!

SEEDS (SUNDAY FEATURE) – Sunday December 23 at 9.00 PM

What if you were given the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with someone you consider your enemy? Could you co-exist? Would you live in peace? Meet 10 teenagers from war-torn countries who undertook this challenge for three life-changing weeks at the Seeds of Peace International Camp.


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