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Maori Television Highlights March 3 – March 9 2008

MAORI TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS Week 10: Monday March 3 – Sunday March 9 2008

NATIVE AFFAIRS (CURRENT AFFAIRS) – Monday March 3 at 8.30 PM Tonight: New Zealand’s first Victoria Cross recipient in more than 60 years; the so-called anti-terrorist raids; Waikato University’s youngest ever science graduate; and youth at risk help revive the building and sailing of traditional Marshall Islands’ canoes.

INSIDE ISLAM (INTERNATIONAL DOCO) – Monday March 3 at 10.00 PM New! This in-depth documentary series profiling the religion of more than 20 per cent of the world's population looks at Islam's followers, traditions, ceremonies and origins. Tonight: The life of a Muslim is reviewed through the various customs and ceremonies – from birth to death.

BEFORE THE FLOOD (INTERNATIONAL DOCO) – Tuesday March 4 at 8.30 PM Once the world’s third poorest country, Tuvalu sold its internet domain name – .tv – for $50 million. But all the cash in the world will not stop the relentless march of the sea as the small Pacific island nation slowly sinks underwater. (Tuvaluan – subtitled in English)

MARAE (CURRENT AFFAIRS) – Tuesday March 4 at 10.30 PM New Zealand television’s longest running Maori current affairs programme – having first broadcast live to air in 1992 – returns for 2008. Hosted by parliamentary press gallery journalist Shane Taurima.

E TU KAHIKATEA – Wednesday March 5 at 8.00 PM Personal stories of Maori leaders who have challenged and inspired. Tonight: The Hon. Koro Wetere reveals how he fled from an arranged marriage, that he never wanted to be a politician and what really happened behind the closed doors of the Beehive.

THE LOST WAKA (NZ DOCO) – Wednesday March 5 at 8.30 PM The mysterious connection between Maori and the inhabitants of remote Polynesian islands thousands of kilometres west of Aoteaora is explored by Professor Patu Hohepa and wife Erena as they travel to Rennell (Mu Ngiki) and Bellona (Mu Nggava) in search of the ‘lost waka’.

HYUNDAI HEKE NGARU (SPORTS) – Thursday March 6 at 8.00 PM New! This eight-part, half-hour surf sports show – presented by surfing sensation Daniel Kereopa – documents the competitors, underdogs, veterans and stars of the recent Hyundai Longboard Tour as well as this year’s national surfing champs in Gisborne.

TOA: TOA O AOTEAROA – Thursday March 6 at 9.30 PM Unique reality series where modern-day warriors skilled in the use of the ancient taiaha weapon are pushed physically and mentally in their on-going bid to claim the Toa title and $10,000 cash prize. Tonight: A new challenge determines which two fighters battle each other in a full-contact taiaha duel.

BASSLINE (NZ MUSIC) – Friday March 7 at 8.30 PM New Zealand’s modern-day musical movement is captured in action on stage. Tonight: The Midnights are a regular on the summer festival circuit and have performed alongside acts such as Katchafire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Salmonella Dub and The Black Seeds.

THE HONEYMOONERS (SUNDAY FEATURE) – Sunday March 9 at 9.00 PM Raw, funny and poignant. A jilted groom and a waitress make an unlikely alliance after being thrown together in unlikely circumstances in the depths of rural Ireland. Together they begin a hilarious and chaotic adventure that will change both their lives.


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