AIA Marae DIY Returns for new season

Maori Television’s popular makeover show – returns to the small screen on Wednesday May 30 at 8.30pm for a new season of sprucing up marae around the country.

Now in its ninth season, the high-energy bilingual series helps whanau, iwi and hapu rebuild their marae in just four days.

Presenters Aroha Hathaway and Te Ori Paki, along with landscaper David Clayton-Greene and builder Harry Anneff, get stuck in to deliver each makeover with a whole lot of fun and some good hard work.

This year, the crew visited seven marae all over the North Island and as far south as Blenheim. They fixed roofs, landscaped gardens, built kitchens, shelters and even a water feature.

Te Ori Paki, one of the show’s original presenters, says AIA MARAE DIY is a great way to see what people are doing at a grassroots level in their communities all over the country.

“It’s always lovely to see that the people are still there mucking in and showing the love,” he says. “The magic is still there.”

The first eposide of the new series heads to Taranaki to visit Ngarongo Marae in Hawera. The marae hadn’t been used in many years, but more than 100 volunteers came from as far afield as Perth to help the AIA MARAE DIY team bring it back to life

In other episodes:

Motiti Marae, Maniapoto – A new generation steps up to show the kuia and kaumatua they’ve got what it takes to keep the marae alive.

Rauhoto Marae, Taupo – the team sets about an ambitious project, uncovers the secrets of one of Taupo’s significant landmarks and learns the origins of a courageous love story.

Omaka Marae, Blenheim – This young marae makes its mark on the landscape as it fulfils he legacy of a treasured kuia, Dame Kath Hemi.

Paranui Marae, Manawatu – The whanau finds itself rebuilding and strengthening not only the buildings on the marae atea, but the very foundations of their marae – the people.

Piritahi marae, Waiheke Island – The AIA MARAE DIY team explore the Island for all it has to offer while waving the DIY wand over the marae, paying special attention to the kitchen.

Omahu Marae, Hastings – The teams discover hidden treasures in the valley and a precious taonga makes its way home.

Each marae provides its own unique blend of Maori protocol and real life stories to provide every show with a sense of what the community is about and the people who keep it alive.

Tune in to AIA MARAE DIY on Wednesday May 30 at 8.30pm for a heart-warming dose of reality-television.

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