Maori Television presenter and veteran broadcaster Chris Winitana has won the 2012 New Zealand Post Maori Language Award for his book, Toku Reo, Toku Ohooho: My Language, My Inspiration.

In what has been described by judges as a ground-breaking te reo Maori publication, Winitana’s book explores the struggle to save the Maori language over the past 40 years.

Winitana – a Maori language and culture consultant, writer, journalist, teacher and television and music producer – became the host of TE TEPU, Maori Television’s 100 per cent te reo current affairs show in June.  Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching The Block NZ and the Olympics

If only I had the Arts Channel on SKY, because there’s a drama I would have quite liked to watch tonight: Miss Austen Regrets, at 8.30pm. It lifts the lid on Jane Austen’s love life and is based on her actual letters and diaries. Jane Austen fans who have this channel will be most pleased!

On The Block NZ tonight at 7.30pm on TV3, it’s judgement day for the four teams, as they finish their living room renovations. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Castle: 37670 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. MasterChef Australia: 23740 (TV ONE, 4:45pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Nikita: 21270 (TV2, 10:30pm – 11:30pm)
  4. Undercover Boss: 20760 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. The Block NZ: 19500 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:35pm) Continue reading »

Steven Tyler criticises Idol

Steven Tyler has said in an interview with Rolling Stone that American Idol wasn’t his “cup of tea”. He said he enjoyed with with Jennifer Lopez and taking home a big paycheck ($10 million per season), but that he didn’t enjoy criticising the contestants: “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me.”

Friday Night Lights star joins Parenthood cast

Matt Lauria is joining the cast of Parenthood, as a soldier who returns from Afghanistan and connects with Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), the Braverman family patriarch.  Continue reading »

Ellen looks at some of America’s “best” reality shows on TV right now.

Most watched

  1. One News: 605,270 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 540,510 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Fair Go: 488,810 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. 2012 Olympics London: 420,480 (PRIME, 9:50pm – 9:55pm)
  5. Animal Rescue: 415,640 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Normally at this point in an Olympic Games, New Zealanders are lamenting the fact that we have no medals while Australia is being buried in gold.  Thankfully, due to the Equestrian and Rowing bronze medals, no one is calling for an inquiry – yet.  However, some are suggesting the excitement over being second losers twice is a bit overkill.  While the Australian swimmers shed tears over failing to stand at the top of the podium, the New Zealand media, and kiwis in general, have been celebrating the fact that we got to stand on one at all.

Sure, it’s only bronze but we’re competing on a world stage alongside 203 other countries who are also desperate to bring home some metal.

To be honest, it’s just nice to see us getting excited about something other than that oval balled sport!

Let’s not forget that the Olympics is about pushing the human limit.  It’s as ok to be upset at not winning when you’ve put your body through such a tortuous campaign for years to get to this level as it is to celebrate the fact that you actually won a medal.

London 2012 Olympics – Thursday August 2


K1 men’s slalom semis and final (Mike Dawson) from 12.30am

Men’s v India, 12.45am

Oly Whites v Brazil, 1.30am

Road – Men’s time trial 1.33am
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Sky TV has said the timing of an ad break during the tense live coverage of the equestrian at the Olympics was “unfortunate”.

Following Mark Todd’s medal-securing ride, the footage was interrupted and the picture was lost. Sky chose to cut to an ad break while Prime remained on the air and the picture soon came right.

The timing of the break was unfortunate as the British and German riders were up next, with their rides confirmed what colour medal New Zealand would receive.

Sky returned to the live coverage during the German’s ride, with viewers unsure of how the British had done. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Olympico and Grand Designs Revisited

If you’re a Leigh Hart fan, Comedy Central is screening his new show, Olympico, at 9pm tonight. Leigh and his team travel to London to experience all the sports action, personalities and colour of the London 2012 Olympics. Should be amusing (and probably cringeworthy!)

Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design screens on the Discovery Channel at 8.30pm tonight. In this documentary, Professor Stephen Hawking tackles the most personal, yet cosmic, of questions: Is there a meaning to our lives? Continue reading »