Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Working together gets the treats

21 November 2018

Ahikāroa, the digital-first, bilingual rangatahi serial has recently secured funding for its second season. It is a collaborative effort from Te Māngai Pāho, NZ On Air and Māori Television It is made by Kura Productions who are in a joint venture with industry heavyweights, South Pacific Pictures.

Māori Television’s Deputy Chief Executive Shane Taurima says this partnership shows the benefits of working together.

“This is a good example of our intent to collaborate with partners and to look at expanding those networks.”

Mr Taurima adds the new season will be great news for rangatahi who are the show’s target audience. Ahikāroa debuted in December 2017 and was released online first (followed by a linear release in 2018). It was pushed via social media and Mr Taurima says the response was phenomenal.

“Series One was one of our most viewed online series, with just under 400,000 website video views and an engagement score of over 90 percent. Ahikāroa has high production values featuring contemporary, eloquent, fluent te reo actors. It is gritty, funny and sexy – and it connected with our rangatahi viewers.”

Producer Quinton Hita says “drama is one of the most powerful ways we can engage rangatahi in te reo Māori, and support them to find their own unique perspective and identity in a modern world. Ahikāroa can be a voice for them.”

Amie Mills, Head of Funding, NZ On Air, is delighted to be partnering with Te Māngai Pāho and Māori Television.

“It’s an innovative, multi-platform Māori drama that is pushing the boundaries of modern storytelling and we can’t wait to see how Kura Productions builds on the success of the first series.”

The total funding for the second series is over $3.8m and Mr Taurima says rangatahi are a strategic audience for the service’s role in the revitalization of te reo Māori.

“Māori Television is committed to engage with young people and their demand for innovative Māori language content. We want to deliver high quality entertaining and informative Māori language content, anywhere and at any time,” says Mr Taurima.

Other programmes funded in the recent Te Māngai Pāho round and that will be shown on Māori Television include a second series of tamariki show Te Nūtube, long-running taiohi show Pūkana, and the return of Marae DIY to the channel after several seasons with TV3.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Stats NZ: Largest Drop In Terms Of Trade In A Decade As Dairy Export Prices Sour

Lower export prices for dairy, meat, and logs in the September 2020 quarter led to the biggest drop in terms of trade since June 2009, Stats NZ said today. Export prices fell in the September 2020 quarter, down 8.3 percent from its highest ever ... More>>


Stats NZ: Election Boosts October Job Numbers

Job numbers were boosted by general election staff in October 2020, along with rises in the manufacturing, retail, and hospitality industries, Stats NZ said today. Filled jobs rose by 27,667 to 2.2 million in October 2020 compared with September, after ... More>>

Government: New Year Border Exception For Seasonal Workers In The Horticulture And Wine Industries

2000 additional RSE workers to enter New Zealand early next year employers must pay these workers at least $22.10 an hour employers will cover costs of managed isolation for the RSE workers RSE workers will be paid the equivalent of 30 hours work a week ... More>>


Media: Discovery, Inc. Completes Acquisition Of New Zealand’s Mediaworks TV Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand, December 1, 2020 - Discovery, Inc. (“Discovery”), the global leader in real-life entertainment, has completed its acquisition of New Zealand’s leading independent free-to-air commercial broadcaster, MediaWorks TV Ltd, now operating ... More>>

Department Of Conservation: Big Year Underway At Albatross Colony

Familiar faces are returning for the new season of Royal Cam, with a big breeding year underway for the toroa/northern royal albatross colony on Otago’s windswept Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. More than 120 albatrosses, a taonga species, have returned ... More>>

Real Estate: ASB Survey Reveals Majority Of Kiwis Expect House Prices To Keep Climbing


House price expectations are soaring as New Zealand’s housing market shifts up a gear. But stretched affordability is putting a dent in perceptions of whether it’s a good time to buy. While Kiwis reveal they do expect interest rates to fall further. ... More>>

Stats NZ: Births And Deaths: Year Ended September 2020

Births and deaths releases provide statistics on the number of births and deaths registered in New Zealand, and selected fertility and mortality rates. Key facts For the year ended September 2020: 57,753 live births and 32,670 deaths ... More>>