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Hari With The Maori Sidesteps – On Maori Television!

Variety show HARI WITH THE MAORI SIDESTEPS premieres its classic Maori showband style of comedy on Maori Television this Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 8.00 PM.

Cohen Holloway (Ngati Toa Rangatira), Jamie McCaskill (Ngati Tamatera), Regan Taylor (Ngati Kahungunu, Te Arawa) and Erroll Anderson (Ngapuhi, Ngati Hau) use skits, sitcom and song to showcase their talents as actors, singers and all-round entertainers before a live audience at Te Raukura ki Kapiti on the Kapiti Coast.

The six-part series captures the essence of the Maori Sidesteps as they delight their audiences with witty songs, big harmonies and sitcoms such as ‘Daddy Day Care’ where a group of Maori fathers navigate their way around Aotearoa in the eighties.

“No matter where you are in your journey through te ao Maori, the Sidesteps offer relatable stories, encouraging unapologetic pride in our whakapapa,” says director Tamati Kawha.


COHEN HOLLOWAY – a well-known award-winning Kiwi television and film actor. Most recently Holloway has starred in Ka Pai Living, Bellbird, Sextortion and Fresh Eggs with more feature films scheduled for release.

JAMIE McCASKILL – also an award-winning writer, last seen on Māori Television as Tips in Awa Films’ Takes a Village. McCaskill recently appeared on Shortland Street as Pita Rameka and was a member of the Modern Maori Quartet.

REGAN TAYLOR – played the character of Joshua in the feature film, Mahana, and was core cast for the comedy, Tongue Tied, on Maori Television. Taylor has a passion for theatre, performing his solo show SolOthello both here and overseas.

ERROLL ANDERSON – featured in the film Ghost in a Shell starring Scarlett Johansson and also played the role of Piri in Awa Film’s Takes a Village on Maori Television.


EPISODE 1 – Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 8.00 PM: The Maori Sidesteps look at identity – what type of Maori even am I? Jamie starts a Daddy Day Care.

EPISODE 2 – Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 8.00 PM: The Maori Sidesteps look at identity – do you even know your history? Jamie gets a new client who only speaks Maori; Regan pushes some surveyors off his land; and two Pakeha claim their parking space.

EPISODE 3 – Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 8.00 PM: The Maori Sidesteps look at digital media – I don’t even use social media! Erroll introduces us to hangi in a box and Hoani invents Facebook without realising it.

EPISODE 4 – Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 8.00 PM: The Maori Sidesteps look at political correctness – I’m not even PC! The boys visit Peecee’s Café; Hoani wants to save the planet; and Kelly gets burnt to a crisp.

EPISODE 5 – Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 8.00 PM: The Maori Sidesteps look at the environment – do we even look after the environment? The Queen Tiki’s take their waka out for a spin and Kaia’s ex-partner visits Daddy Day Care.

EPISODE 6 – Wednesday 7 April 2021 at 8.00 PM: The Maori Sidesteps look at the Maori language – I don’t even speak the reo! The Pakeha Quicksteps join the Census line while the Maori Sidesteps are challenged on their radio show.

Catch the comedy on HARI WITH THE MAORI SIDESTEPS – premiering on Maori Television on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 8.00 PM.

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