The shows are a mix of old and new, with something for everyone.
Popular programmes set to make a welcome return include sports entertainment show Hyundai CODE, featuring guests – and hosts – from the world of elite sport. So too is Homai Te Pakipaki – the live karaoke show that attracts wannabe entertainers from all corners of Aotearoa, to sing live at Maori Television’s Auckland studio.
Double Qantas Award nominee, current affairs show Native Affairs, is back for a fourth season, and singing show, Maorioke, has a fabulous new face on the judging panel – Anika Moa – who joins Brannigan Kaa and Victor Stent.
Pio Terei finds more fascinating tales from our shores and waterways in Tangaroa with Pio, and Qantas-nominated Hunting Aotearoa – one for the hunting enthusiasts – returns in the capable hands of Howie Morrison Jnr.
Te Pataka Korero once again raids the treasure troves of radio and picture archives to revisit important periods of this country’s history, with veteran journalist and broadcaster, Haare Williams.
Maori Television continues the tradition of devoting whole-day coverage to our two most significant national days – Kotahi Te Ra – Waitangi Day 2010, and ANZAC Day 2010.
Language learning show Toku Reo, based on the learning resources of AUT’s Professor John Moorfield, will go back to square one for beginners, before going on to launch a second series.
Two new Australian shows will appear in the channel’s schedule from 2010. The excellent documentary series First Australians is a moving, intensely honest account of the settlement of Australia, from the arrival of the first colonisers. The Circuit is a high-quality drama about the magistrates whose job it is to travel the vast Outback to dispense justice.
Other fantastic shows coming into the schedule next year include Willie Jackson’s NewsBites, which sees the outspoken Jackson probe the underbelly of media and the media makers. Kaitangata Twitch is a new family drama, about a carnivorous island, and the challenge, faced by heroine Meredith, to make it stop. Featuring CGI effects and a terrific New Zealand cast that includes Miriama Smith, Charles Mesure and newcomer Te Waimarie Kessell, it is based on a Margaret Mahy novel.
Beneath The Maori Moon, based on the critically-acclaimed book of the same name about Maori rugby greats, begins later in the year. The Nutters’ Club, based on Mike King’s radio show, has a mental health theme and will screen in the second half of the year.
Youth-orientated shows in the 2010 schedule include old favourites Pukana and Miharo. Phunk Nation is a new show that follows dance crew Prestige as they get around and perform for the rural heartland of Aotearoa. Bring It On and Search4Stars, both programmes that feature teenaged performers, kick off the new year.
Finally, stay tuned for details on one of the biggest promises made to a boxing-hungry nation: Maori Television’s three-fight deal with David Tua, exclusive and free-to-air.