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Urban Maori Radio Broadcasts Sports Awards

Urban Maori Radio Broadcasts Sports Awards

Urban Maori radio Waatea 603AM will broadcast live to the iwi radio network from both the 2004 Trillian Trust Maori Sports Awards and the Tamariki Sports and Cultural Day in Auckland early next month (Dec).

Some 1200 guests from all spectrums of Maori society will attend the annual black-tie ceremony at the Auckland Showgrounds on Saturday, December 4, while more than 1200 youngsters from kura kaupapa Maori in Auckland will celebrate the event two days earlier on Thursday, December 2.

Waatea 603AM manager Bernie O’Donnell says both broadcasts will be bilingual and available to the iwi radio network as well as listeners of the South Auckland-based station.

Waatea radio personalities, musician Ruia Aperahama and journalist Dale Husband, will host the tamariki day broadcast from 9am to 3pm from House Park Reserve in Mangere – where the Auckland Blues are scheduled to train – while Dale joins co-presenter Kingi Ihaka at the awards live from 5.45pm to 9pm on Saturday night.

Mr O’Donnell says a key theme of the two programmes will be Auahi Kore or Smokefree. The broadcast from the official ceremony will include on-stage presentations and entertainment, interviews with leading Maori personalities, and profiles of the awards, finalists and scholarship recipients.

Winners in 10 categories will be announced on the night including Maori sports administrator of the year; umpire/referee; sportsperson with a disability; coach; junior sportsman and woman; senior sportsman and woman; sports team; and world champions. Other presentations include a special Maori Olympian prize, the Maori Sports Media Award of the Year and SPARC’s Best Community Initiative Award.

More information about the Maori Sports Awards is on the website

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