Story: Māori and television – whakaata

Anzac Day 2006

Anzac Day 2006

In 2006 Māori Television’s Anzac Day coverage achieved a New Zealand first when it devoted the entire day’s broadcast to the commemorations, showing New Zealand war documentaries and special Anzac episodes of regular programmes. The audience of 215,000 people who tuned in was 552% larger than usual. 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 25 February 2020)

Story by Tainui Stephens, published 22 Oct 2014