Story: Māori and television – whakaata

Anzac Day, 2006

Anzac Day, 2006

In 2006 Māori Television devoted all its programming on Anzac Day to the commemorations, showing war-related documentaries and special episodes of regular programmes. The audience of 215,000 people who tuned in was 552% larger than on a normal day. After the event, the hosts – former Television One newsreader Judy Bailey (left) and Māori Television journalist Wena Harawira, shown here after the press conference announcing the coverage – were widely praised. In Māori Television’s 10th-anniversary celebration programme in 2014, programming director Larry Parr remembered, ‘I had people ring me and abuse me that day because they were still in their pyjamas at 2 o’clock.’

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Tainui Stephens, 'Māori and television – whakaata - Māori Television, 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Tainui Stephens, published 22 Oct 2014