A three-part documentary series presented by Timoti Karetu looking at the renaissance of the Maori language – HE WHARE KORERO – screens on Maori Television on Wednesday December 27 at 9.30pm.

Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa) fronts the fourth series of HE RARANGA KORERO which includes studio-based interviews with contemporary commentators at the end of each episode.

In the first episode Stephens interviews Robert Newsom followed by academic Mike Hollings in the second (Wednesday January 3 at 9.30 PM) and current Maori Language Commissioner Haami Piripi in the third (Wednesday January 10 at 9.30 PM).

HE WHARE KORERO is presented by eminent Tuhoe academic, Timoti Karetu, and offers unrivalled insights in the past, present and future of the Maori language. On each episode, Professor Karetu explores the metaphor of ‘te whare korero’ (‘house of language’) to present the story of reo Maori.

A range of iwi representatives are also interviewed including Rewa Maihi, Anaru Kupenga, Derek Lardelli, Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, Mereana Hond, Taiarahia Black, Ngahinaturae Te Uira, Waihoroi Shortland, Quinton Hita, Wiremu Tashai, Hiria Tumoana, Hana O’Regan, Ngarimu Daniels, Patara Berryman, Hohi Rangi and Hirini Melbourne.

Steve Irwin Honored in Special Night of Programming on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel

The international community has mourned the premature loss of animal expert and conservationist Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter.” The world was stunned and the outpouring of condolences was immeasurable. Irwin touched so many lives — adults and children alike — and his impact on conservation efforts worldwide will last for years to come.

On Sunday, January 21, 2007 from 8-10 PM, US fans can both reflect on Irwin’s legacy with the STEVE IRWIN TRIBUTE and marvel at the premiere of his last television project, OCEAN’S DEADLIEST. The two-hour television event will be broadcast simultaneously on The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in the US, the date for New Zealand has not yet been announced.

Lurking only a few feet below the surface of eastern Australia’s crystalline ocean are some of the most dangerous animals on the planet. For thousands of years, venomous snakes, salt-water crocodiles and immense sharks have patrolled these waters.

Now, in the hope of studying nature’s most dangerous creations, two adventurers of legendary reputation and pedigree embark on an epic mission that requires leadership of an experienced, knowledgeable and fearless crew.

Irwin is joined by oceanographer and adventurer Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, in OCEAN’S DEADLIEST as they explore the waters between Australia’s Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef.

Throughout this expedition, Philippe and Steve come face to face with venomous fish, huge great white sharks and amazing saltwater crocodiles as they search for the region’s most dangerous animal.

Along the way, they will meet the scientific experts who work with these creatures on a regular basis, learning the reason why they have evolved with such dangerous defenses and also learning that in truth, they fill a role in the overall ecosystem that is vital and cannot be overlooked.

Their adventure features amazing and breathtaking moments, including subduing a giant croc in order to attach a satellite tracking device; observing the feeding behavior of the great white shark while safely tucked away inside a dive cage; and working with the Australian experts who capture deadly sea snakes in order to supply anti-venom to the rest of the world. Cousteau, who was aboard Croc One with Irwin during the expedition when he was struck and killed by a stingray, narrates the 90- minute documentary.

The STEVE IRWIN TRIBUTE is an intimate look at the life of Steve Irwin — husband, father, friend, icon, and conservationist — through the eyes of those who knew him best. Terri Irwin, family and friends share personal stories about the incredible man the world came to know and love as the Croc Hunter.

Through exhilarating adventure moments and never- before-seen footage, the STEVE IRWIN TRIBUTE recognizes, celebrates and honors Steve’s passion and enthusiasm for spreading wildlife conservation. His untimely and tragic passing away put our world in a state of shock and mourning.

His imprint and legacy will live on through his non-profit organization Wildlife Warriors (, dedicated to continuous efforts to embrace and spread animal conservation.

Presented by two young Tainui, this documentary goes behind the scenes of Koroneihana 2005 to meet the unsung heroes of the event.

Broadcaster Pumi Tumai and schoolteacher Matehaere Clarke use humour and a hands-on approach to discover why hard-working volunteers give their all to be part of Koroneihana.

Maori Television: Wednesday January 10, 8:30pm

Follow the meteoric rise to fame of Kiwi fashion designer Peter Loughlin (Ngati Tuwharetoa) as he takes haute couture to the privileged women of Dubai. Peter’s House of Arushi label is popular with the Middle Eastern royalty and he’s known for his exclusive $200,000 jewel-encrusted gowns that can take months to make.

Maori Television: Wednesday January 3, 8:30pm

The historical Tama Te Kapua Marae in Rotorua is the venue for this popular concert, featuring the best young opera performers, both Maori and non-Maori, from around the motu. This special show is the best of the 2005 Opera In The Pa and is a spine-tingling sensation, blending culture and sound.

Maori Television: Wednesday December 27, 8:30pm

The Ngati Maniopoto bi-annual festival in Te Kuiti aims to develop and strengthen positive relationships among the people of the iwi through cultural, sporting and recreational activities.

From the opening powhiri to the enthralling Maniapoto march from the town clock to the marae, this documentary weaves together festival highlights.

Maori Television: Wednesday December 20, 8:30pm



When King Potatau Te Wherowhero became the first Maori King in 1858, the foundations were laid for the Koroneihana celebration. It soon incorporated sports and kapa haka and this documentary follows the experience of the Ohau group from Te Arawa as they participate in Koroneihana 2005.

Maori Television, Wednesday December 13, 8:30pm

Te Hui Ahurei o Tuhoe is the oldest iwi festival in Aotearoa. Every two years, hundreds of iwi members meet at Te Rewarewa Marae in Ruatoki for three days of celebrations.

This documentary covers the latest festival in May 2005 when Tuhoe met to rekindle bonds, share learning and compete in kapa haka and sport.

Maori Television, Wednesday December 6, 8:30pm

Everybody’s favourite droid, C-3PO presents an hour-long exclusive celebration of the Star Wars saga including footage from all the Star Wars movies including ‘Revenge of the Sith.’ Packed with rare behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive clips and specially recorded interviews with a whole host of Star Wars cast members past and present, STAR WARS: FEEL THE FORCE also takes a look at the impact of the Star Wars saga outside of the movie world.

STAR WARS: FEEL THE FORCE also has interviews with actors, singers and directors who all explain the impact that this galactic epic has had on their lives.

Thursday, December 21st, 7:30pm on Prime

Radiophobia screens Thursday 9 November at 9pm on Sky’s new Documentary Channel.

Twenty years ago, on April 26, 1986, a security test at Chernobyl’s nuclear plant in the former Soviet Union, triggered the greatest civilian nuclear catastrophe in history. Unable to cope with this political, environmental and human disaster, the Soviets built a wall of silence around the event. The term ‘radiophobia’ came to define the symptoms of the people suffering from the fallout of the radiation, some kind of social ‘stigma.’ Radiophobia is a touching documentary entirely shot in Chernobyl’s ‘Forbidden Zone.’

This documentary examines the Chernobyl disaster and its consequences 20 years later from the perspective of a group of survivors and people who were on duty at the reactor on the fateful night. This is the first time that they have returned to the ‘Zone’ to reconcile their past with the ruins of the present. Inside the ‘Zone’ we also meet many of the peculiar inhabitants who never left this highly radioactive and somewhat surreal area.