Maori Television kicks off its Election coverage

Coverage kicks off with a pre-election special on Monday, 24 October at 8.30pm featuring interviews with Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff, followed by a live debate between other party leaders Hone Harawira, Metiria Turei, Winston Peters and Tariana Turia.

The one-hour show is the springboard into a special election series NATIVE AFFAIRS – KOWHIRI 11, which starts on Monday, 31 October at 8.30pm.

Hosted by Julian Wilcox, NATIVE AFFAIRS – KOWHIRI 11 will take politics to the people and examine issues at a local level in each of the seven Maori electorates.

“We’ve created a forum for candidates to debate the issues and allow voters to question them on their policies and broadcast it live so that Maori voters can make an informed choice on Election Day,” says Maori Television’s general manager of news and current affairs, Te Anga Nathan.

NATIVE AFFAIRS- KOWHIRI 11 is the only national current affairs programme that will broadcast live from each of the seven Maori electorates in a series of “town hall” debates.

The debates will be televised in front of a public audience and feature the key candidates standing in each of the Maori electoral seats. The show will be issues-driven, with discussions about unemployment, the cost of living and family violence.

Julian Wilcox says NATIVE AFFAIRS – KOWHIRI 11 will kick start discussions about topical issues within Maori electorates that people can continue at home.

The debates screen on Mondays at 8.30pm from 31 October and Wednesdays at 9pm from November 2 in the build up to the November 26 election.

NATIVE AFFAIRS – KOWHIRI 11 will also screen a five-hour special on election night with live crosses to the Maori electorates and a panel of commentators in the Auckland studio discussing results as they come in.  A two-hour post-election wrap will air on 28 November featuring interviews with major winners at the polling booth.

NATIVE AFFAIRS – KOWHIRI 11 is a must-see, not only for those on the Maori roll, but for all New Zealanders. Tune in to Maori Television on Mondays at 8.30pm and Wednesdays at 9pm to find out what it means for you.

NATIVE AFFAIRS has, for the third time in five years, been named a finalist in the 2011 AFTAs (previously QANTAS Awards) for Best Current Affairs Series and Best Maori Language Programme.

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