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Oceania Footballer of the Century Wynton Rufer, recent All Black, Hurricane and NZ Maori halfback Piri Weepu and NZ Maori co-captain Tamati Ellison join award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday June 4 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday June 8 at 4.00 PM).

The honours are piling up for former striker, turned coach extraordinaire, Wynton Rufer. This week the soccer supremo was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Naturally, he was thrilled to receive it, and has ranked it right up there with his induction into the Maori Sports Hall of Fame. As a player he went as far as it was possible to go. His work for top German club Werder Bremen, among others, and his time as the mainstay of national side the All Whites, led to his being chosen as FIFA’s Oceania player of the century. The devout Christian now has a new goal – to find among his young apprentices a new Ryan Nelsen – or even a Wynton – for a future generation.

Piri Weepu didn’t make it into the latest All Blacks squad, but this multi-talented player is in the best possible place to prove selectors wrong on that score. The Hurricanes halfback has been named in the NZ Maori side due to take on Tonga in the Pacific Nation’s Cup, on this Saturday June 7, and screening on Maori Television at 9.00 PM that night. Not that anyone knows for sure if Weepu is exactly hell-bent on impressing those selectors. He’s on record as saying he wouldn’t mind switching codes to play league for the Kiwis, leading some sports writers to issue a ‘watch this space’ warning for Weepu in 2009.

NZ Maori co-captain Tamati Ellison is another one with plenty to prove. The 24 year old has played for the national Under-19’s team, NZ Maori, the 2006 Commonwealth Gold-winning New Zealand Sevens team, and the Junior All Blacks. Many say the Hurricanes utility back should get his shot at the All Blacks jersey in the next few years, and he doesn’t deny his ultimate goal: the Rugby World Cup 2011. Sports fans are free to speculate whether his steely determination could have something to do with his fine rugby pedigree. His great-uncle was captain of the first national rugby team in 1893, and his grandfather played for the All Blacks in the 1940s and 50s.

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long show – now in its fourth year – and filmed live in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).

Beijing-bound sprinter James Dolphin, ace kickboxer Sam Brown and Women’s Black Sticks captain Lizzy Igasan join award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday May 22 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday May 25 at 4.00 PM).

In a nation that has never produced a huge number of Olympic-grade sprinters, James Dolphin’s blistering 200m dash is a breath of fresh air. Dolphin has the all-important nod from New Zealand selectors to compete in that event at the Beijing Olympics. Now his focus is tuned like an exocet missile on his next target: the 200m finals at the greatest athletic contest in the world. The 25 year old achieved a time of 20.56 seconds at a recent meet in Sydney, which qualified him for the games, but also increases the pressure on him to find that little bit extra in his performance. The HYUNDAI CODE crew have Dolphin in the studio to find out his plans to make a big splash when he gets to China.

Sam ‘The Striker’ Brown is a relative newcomer to the kickboxing world, which only makes his achievements all the more extraordinary. In his first fight he was the last minute ring in against a talked up Peter Leiatua, after Daniel Tai pulled out. In true underdog style, Brown came through to knock him out in the first round. His next two fights despatched Tony Angelo and Josh Randall. The following two fights were title winners – he beat Alex Richardson and Matt Toa, both in Wellington, to become NZ Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion 2007. Brown is in the house ahead of his upcoming heavyweight title fight against Leamy Tato, this Saturday at Ocean City.

Black Sticks captain Lizzy Igasan is the kind of leader who expects nothing of her team she wouldn’t do herself. Igasan is widely considered one of the best female hockey players in the world, and she is a multiple winner of the national best female award in that sport. Her defensive qualities and role as a penalty corner specialist make her the lynchpin of her team’s Olympic campaign. The team’s first hurdle is to get through their pool, their most notable competition likely to be Germany – ranked third in the world – and Japan, ranked sixth. Igasan brings the crew up to speed on her team’s preparations going into the big event.

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long show – now in its fourth year – and filmed live in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).

It’s a rugby bonanza as All Black winger Joe Rokocoko and former All Black, the legendary Frank Bunce join award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday May 15 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday May 18 at 4.00 PM).

A regular face in the national team since his debut in 2003, specialist left-winger Joe Rokocoko’s try-scoring brilliance has given the rugby nation some of its highest highs in recent years. The current Blues and All Blacks star was the first player to score 10 tries in his first five tests, and the first All Black to score two or more tries in four consecutive tests. His speed and agility are, of course, his greatest weapons – this is a man who can sprint 40m from standing in 4.66 seconds. But add to this statistic his defensive game and high work rate, and it’s not hard to see why he consistently gets the nod in one of the most tightly-contested positions in rugby.

Frank Bunce didn’t so much take the New Zealand rubgy world by storm as by stealth. A late bloomer for the All Blacks – he was already 30 when then-coach Laurie Mains selected him in 1992 – he nonetheless went on to become a stalwart in the side at second five eight. His midfield combination with Walter Little is still considered one of the greatest of them all. Bunce played 69 matches in all for New Zealand, and the hallmarks of his game were his ability to read the game, and create opportunities for his outsides. Nearly 36 when he played his last test, he has the distinction of being the second oldest All Black test player, and the oldest back.

Blues centre, Anthony Tuitavake, had hoped to join the HYUNDAI CODE crew this week, but has had to pull out because of clashes with his schedule.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).

Thursday May 15 at 8.30 PM

Join Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin in New Zealand’s award-winning sports programme live from Maori Television’s Auckland studio. Check out the great guests, captivating korero and comical capers of ‘Brofessionals’ Matua Parkinson and Glen Osborne.

Former Silver Fern and current Northern Mystics player Temepara George joins Beijing-bound triathlete Sam Warriner and reigning Oceania women’s snooker champion Ramona Belmont as special guests on award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday April 24 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday April 27 at 4.00 PM).

Without doubt one of the most dynamic players in the game today, netball mid-courter George brings real class and experience to her team, the Northern Mystics. In the national squad from 2000 to 2006, her career highlights include winning gold at the World Champs and Commonwealth Games. George’s strengths are her speed around the court as well as her ability to read play – and make the big intercepts that can turn a game. She will be a lynchpin in the campaign for Auckland to take a finals spot in the ANZ Championship.

Sam Warriner has quite a collection of impressive titles to her name. Among them: Silver Medalist, Commonwealth Games 2006; World Cup winner, Ishigaki 2005; Hamburg 2005 and Salford 2006. Now she’s going for the big one – gold at the China Olympics, later this year, and to say she is incredibly focused is an under-statement. Her motto quoted on her website sums it up with just four little words: ‘It’s all about Beijing.’

When Ramona Belmont took away the Maori Sports Awards senior sportswomen’s category last year, it probably came as no surprise in the pool and snooker world. Ramona’s winning streak started in 2004 when she won the national women’s snooker title, and despite her youth – she still qualifies to compete in the under-21 competitions – she has barely stopped for breath since. Among her recent achievements: third in the world under-21 snooker championship 2007, held in Goa in India; runner-up at the national competition of the same category in the same year; and last year’s winner of the APA Women’s 9-Ball Recognition Award.

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long show – now in its fourth year – and filmed in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).

The world’s most recognised rugby star, Jonah Lomu, joins African American boxer Emmanuel Augustus and Hawaiian-based surfing stars Bonga Perkins and Campbell Farrell as special studio guests at the live-to-air broadcast of Maori Television’s award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday April 10 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday April 13 at 4.00 PM).

Former All Black winger Lomu – whose playing career thrilled crowds but terrified opponents – found fame at the 1995 World Cup and went on to play 73 times for the All Blacks. Despite being diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, he fought back to play in the 1999 World Cup and even played club rugby for Cardiff in 2006 despite having had transplant surgery.

Augustus’ televised bouts have garnered him a cult following in part due to his unique style and flair in the ring and his willingness to take on all comers, sometimes taking fights on short notice as a last minute replacement, even in his opponents’ hometowns. Augustus frequently clowns in the ring, engaging in his trademark ‘string-puppet dance’.

One of the world’s top 10 longboarders, Bonga Perkins (Hawaii) has been in New Zealand competing in the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour. Also based in Hawaii is New Zealand’s own Campbell Farrell – the first Kiwi to surf ‘jaws’, an infamous big-wave break in Maui. Farrell and Perkins – who won his first competition at 12 years of age – has been showing off some stand up-paddling at the Hyundai event, a style of surfing that is currently seeing a resurgence.

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long live-to-air show – now in its fourth year – which is filmed in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).

All Blacks and Blues hooker Keven Mealamu joins New Zealand Warriors captain Steve Price and sizzling shearers Dean Bell and Dion King as special studio guests at the live-to-air broadcast of Maori Television’s award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday March 20 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday March 23 at 4.00 PM).

Widely regarded as one of the best hookers in the world, Mealamu is bound to be one of the key players for the Auckland rugby team in the Super 14. He is an accurate lineout thrower and strong scrummager but his running game is a real strength where his skills and background make him almost a fourth loose forward. Mealamu is a former Blues’ captain whose leadership and advice will be of great benefit to the team’s cause in 2008.

Meanwhile, scans will determine how long the Warriors will be without inspirational captain Steve Price who suffered a suspected torn hamstring in their National Rugby League loss to defending champions Melbourne Storm on Monday night. The team will have plenty to work on before hosting Parramatta at their first home game of the season this Sunday.

Up to 400 world-class shearers and wool handlers will converge on Te Kuiti for the 24th New Zealand Shearing Championships in the last week of March. Consistent veteran place-getter, occasional district show winner and world record holder Dean Ball of Te Kuiti and fellow Maori shearer Dion King from Napier will be on the CODE couch to promote the sport – with a live-to-air demonstration!

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long live-to-air show – now in its fourth year – which is filmed in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).

World champion rowers Mahe Drysdale and Storm Uru join rugby league sensation Brent Tate as special studio guests at the live-to-air broadcast of Maori Television’s award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday March 13 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday March 16 at 4.00 PM).

Three-time world champion Drysdale has secured his spot in the Olympic team of 12 to represent New Zealand in rowing at Beijing in August – after a dramatic showdown with Rob Waddell at Lake Karapiro – and will compete in the men’s single sculls. Uru (Ngai Tahu), who won the Albie Pryor Memorial Maori Sportsperson of the Year award late last year, joins Peter Taylor in the lightweight men’s double scull at the Beijing qualifying regatta in Poznan.

Meanwhile, Tate is one of the biggest signings in the history of the Vodafone Warriors. The 25-year-old former Brisbane Broncos star – who has played 15 tests for Australia and 114 times for Brisbane – is fully recovered from the knee surgery he needed after making his 12th State of Origin appearance for Queensland in the final match of last year’s series against New South Wales.

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long live-to-air show – now in its fourth year – which is filmed in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).

Fans of Maori Television’s award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE will witness the launch of a new and improved ‘Mean, Maori, Mean’ version in the season premiere on Thursday February 28 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday March 2 at 4.00 PM).

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long live-to-air show – now in its fourth year – which is filmed in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Newmarket, Auckland, headquarters.

Favourite hosts and trailblazers Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are rejoined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka first cousins Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

HYUNDAI CODE will still score the best guests – past names include Graham Henry, Benji Marshall, David Tua, Ray Sefo, Temepara George, Greg Murphy, Pero Cameron, Ana Scarlett and Luke McAlister – but the goalposts have changed slightly with new production company Toa TV taking over the reins and new sponsor Hyundai joining the team.

Toa TV executive producer Te Kauhoe Wano says the show will continue as a mixture of the panel’s irreverent and cheeky sporting discussions with high profile athletes as well as popular inserts such as the Brofessionals. However, new or revamped segments include:

TOHUNGA TIME – with former Kiwi league legend and mentor Tawera Nikau, a regular segment where ‘T’ goes head-to-head with international sports stars;

TA MOKO – throwing the spotlight on the ta moko or tattoo of Maori athletes and the stories behind the designs;

WAIZ GUY – returns for 2008 with Koopu’s exclusive access to the private lives of his Warrior teammates but further enhanced with behind-the-scenes footage from New Zealand’s new-look domestic league competition;

CODE CUZZIES – Maori Media Award winner and NZRL personality of the year finalist Te Arahi Maipi is Maori Television’s face of sport and will provide a slightly off-beat weekly sports wrap where he will be strongly encouraged to stop referring to his home town Taniwharau rugby league team because no one else is interested;

TE KUPU O TE WIKI – or word of the week, where Oz and Mutz will role play catchy Maori language sporting terminologies using their unique humour; and

BRO’S COMP – where the ‘bro’s’ challenge another panellist, guest or audience member in a ‘mini-sport’ such as basketball or apple bobbing. The show’s new set will split in two to reveal a grandstand and playing field – so let the games begin!

“This year, HYUNDAI CODE not only canvasses New Zealand’s big three – rugby, league and netball – but will also cover sporting codes that are challenging athletes globally,” says Te Kauhoe.

“Utilising the experienced crew and encompassing new sports are just some of the exciting enhancements that Toa TV is facilitating whilst retaining the HYUNDAI CODE secret of success that has made the show what it is to date – simply the best.”

Every Thursday at 8.30 PM from February 28 (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM)