Eye to Eye

Sunday April 6 at 6.30 PM

Studio debate series that looks at issues from a Maori perspective. Sometimes fiery, always provocative, this show takes an honest look at tough issues such as child abuse, political correctness and parliamentary behaviour. Award-winning host Willie Jackson chairs the panel discussions.

This Week on Eye To Eye
Saturday 15 September, 9.30am

Willie Jackson looks at the bitter family feud that’s erupted over the remains of James Takamore and asks ‘Is this Maori customary law at work or plain body snatching?’

Panelists this week include Maori advocate Atareta Poananga and commentator Jim Hopkins.

This Week on Eye To Eye
Saturday 21 July, 9.30am

As the All Blacks face up to the Wallabies in a tense encounter for the Bledisloe Cup and the Tri-Nations, ‘Eye To Eye’ asks the hard sporting questions: Have we got what it takes to beat the Aussies and how will this affect our chances in the World Cup?

Panellists joining Willie Jackson this week include sports broadcaster Melody Robinson, sports talkback host Phil Gifford, former Black and Silver Fern Louisa Wall, and sports agent Phil Kingsley Jones.

Eye To Eye Saturday 7 July, 9am

This week ‘Eye to Eye’ with Willie Jackson celebrates a milestone in Maori broadcasting when it puts its 100th episode to air (today at 9am on TV ONE). The first episode went to air on July 29, 2004 and debated whether the Maori Party had enough popularity to get into parliament.

Since then ‘Eye to Eye’, the debating show that pits Maori vs Pakeha and occasionally Maori vs Maori, has been a catalyst for strong opinion. That strong opinion has been raised in programmes debating issues such as the Civil Union Bill, Maori land, Tikanga, gangs and the recent Anti-Smacking legislation.
The 100th episode will depart from its usual format and programming. It will be an hour long and panellists who have featured in programmes over the years will be grilled about their opinions then – and now, in the wake of recent events.

And, as usual, it won’t be short of controversy.

Press Release: Front of the Box

The Smacking Bill and what is means for Maori will be argued this Saturday on Eye to Eye with Willie Jackson.

Willie faces off with Maori Party Leader Tariana Turia, Destiny Church’s Bishop Brian Tamaki, the Venerable Dr Hone Kaa from the Anglican Church, and former politician turned media personality John Tamihere, to debate Maori views on smacking and whether or not this Bill will improve the way Maori discipline their children.

Eye To Eye
Saturday 7 April, 9.30am

Current affairs show ‘Eye To Eye’ with Willie Jackson returns to TV ONE for its fourth season (today at 9.30am).

The studio debate programme, which looks at issues from a Maori perspective, has received increasing critical acclaim over the past three years. Last year, Willie Jackson was a finalist for Best News or Current Affairs Presenter at the Qantas Television Awards.
‘Eye To Eye’ host Willie Jackson makes no apologies for his show’s sometimes fiery nature, and is unashamed about coming from a very pro-Maori perspective in his broadcasting work.

“It’s no secret that Maori issues are important to me,” says Jackson. “I can’t hide that – I was once the leader of a Maori political party. People say you have to be absolutely unbiased to hold a debate but I think that’s nonsense. I think everyone has a bias; it’s how you handle that bias.”

Jackson wants ‘Eye To Eye’ to be a vehicle for honest debate: “I have my perspective and the day’s four panellists all have theirs. The show is about talking openly and about people giving their views. What I’ve tried to do with the show is create a forum where everyone feels relaxed about that.”

The sort of in-depth panel discussion of issues ‘Eye To Eye’ sees is unique, he says. “It’s a format that can sometimes get a bit heated on-air, but I always find that everyone shakes hands and speaks civilly to one another in the greenroom afterwards.”

‘Eye To Eye’ will continue with the same broad approach as last year, covering issues such as political correctness, child abuse, parliamentary behaviour, and can if Maori be racist. Executive producer Claudette Hauiti, from Front of the Box Productions, says she is keen to make ‘Eye To Eye’ appeal to as broad an audience as possible.

“We often get letters from viewers saying they didn’t think the programme would be their sort of thing, but they have been drawn into it and got hooked. I love to hear that.”