Story: Māori and television – whakaata

Te karere

This 1985 clip shows the filming and broadcasting of Māori-language news bulletin Te karere. In the first segment reporter Whai Ngata films a news item, including an interview with Pita Sharples (later a politician and Māori Party co-leader) about Māori-language schooling. In the second part Ngata reads a news bulletin, and people are shown watching the programme in a meeting house, and in a pub in Ruatōria, Ngata's home town. From 1983 Te karere was the first daily programme broadcast in te reo Māori. In 1985 it was five minutes long; in 2023, Te karere was still on air as a 30-minute programme.

Ngata had moved from radio to Television New Zealand in 1983. He went on to become Television New Zealand’s general manager of Māori programming from 1994 to 2008.

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Tainui Stephens, 'Māori and television – whakaata - Growing capacity: 1980s and 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Tainui Stephens, published 22 Oct 2014