NZ Current Affairs: Marae, NZ's Longest Running News Program, now on Maori TV!

Starting Monday, March 19 at 8:30 PM

New Zealand television’s longest running Maori current affairs show – MARAE – will premiere on Maori Television on Monday March 19 at 8.30 PM.

Produced by Television New Zealand’s Maori programmes department since 1992, the weekly one-hour programme is presented by award-winning journalist Shane Taurima (Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata).

Taurima is a Parliamentary Press Gallery reporter and a finalist at the 2006 Qantas Media Awards for Best News or Current Affairs Presenter for the MARAE post-election special.

Taurima conducts the live studio interview while reporters Potaka Maipi, Tahuri Tumoana, Arana Taumata, Stephanie Pohe and Kingi Kiriona – with support from field producer Neil Parker and researchers Victor Allen and Aroha Mane-Wheoki – work together on the field stories.

Freelance reporters Reuben Collier, Aroaro Tamati and Cushla Tangaere also produce stories for the long-running programme whose hosts have included Tini Molyneux, Elle Hughes, Te Rangihau Gilbert, Hone Edwards, Moko Tini, Derek Fox and Arana Taumata.

Producer Derek Wooster says the new series of MARAE – now in its 15th year – will build on its long-standing reputation of “generating light not heat”.

“We want to push back the boundaries of our mission statement – ‘Te taumatua karere Maori’ – to set the standard for cutting edge current affairs for Maori by Maori.

“It’s our obligation to our viewers and most importantly to those who trust us with their stories.”

MARAE will screen on Maori Television every Monday night at 8.30 PM from Monday March 19.

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