I Am TV

10:00am Saturday, December 11 on TV2

I AM TV is wrapping up for the year and in the final episode it’s party time!

Join us on the road in our party bus as we catch up with some of the music, acting and sporting world’s biggest stars and some really cool rangatahi, as we highlight pop-cultures biggest moments of 2010.

10:00am Saturday, April 17 on TV2

I AM TV returns to TV2 for a new series, with a brand new presenter on board – Maori youth personality Kimo Houltham.

As the magazine show for Aotearoa teenagers kicks off a new run, long-standing presenter Olly Coddington is heading off for new adventures – but before he goes, he’s back for today’s premiere episode to put the new boy through his paces in a tough initiation challenge. How will Kimo fare in the gruelling boot camp?

“They got me jumping through hoops to see if I have what it takes to be an I AM TV presenter,” Houltham says. “I had to dress up and shake my booty out on the busy streets of Auckland, hug complete strangers and, on top of that, they got me laying it down, Snoop Dogg-style, with a rap. It’s a crazy first episode, but it’s definitely going to be fun!”

Thrown in at the deep end, Houltham admits to being anxious about stepping into Olly’s role on the show.

“I was actually really nervous, as he was always the person I use to watch to pick up tips on how to present. He’s so comfortable in front of the camera and has a steady fan base around the motu, so I don’t really want to fill his shoes. I’d just like to show myself off, and make my own shoes!”

However, the new boy isn’t letting his nerves get in the way of getting on with the job.

“What I’ll love most is the new experience,” Houltham says. “I’m excited because I don’t know what to expect everyday when I come into work. One day I might be making a song, the next I’ll be bungy-jumping off the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It’s always something new, always something to get excited about.”

On today’s show, Houltham joins Whata Wanakore and Candice Davis at the Auckland premiere of Taika Waititi’s new movie, Boy, to meet the stars of the film, James Rolleston, and Te Aho Eketone-Whitu. Plus, Candice drops in on former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian to get the gossip about his new album, as well as his collaboration with Jordin Sparks.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of I AM TV will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

10:00am Saturday, November 14 on TV2

This Saturday morning, TV2 is the place to be for your New Moon fix, as I AM TV heads to the Armageddon Expo.

Olly Coddington dons his Spiderman suit and gets his geek on at the huge science fiction convention. He catches up with Bronson Pelletier, who plays the shape-shifting wolf Jared in the mega-popular Twilight series.

Coddington was enthusiastic about the show’s trip to the sci-fi mecca, and unashamed of his nerd status.

“Armageddon was rad! I’m a geek and it’s no secret. I read comics and fantasy novels, watch cartoons and sci-fi flicks, play video games. Wait – have I said too much?”

The I AM TV crew had to save Pelletier from his enthusiastic screaming fans, before sitting him down to get all the inside gossip about the upcoming films. As Coddington reveals, the reaction to the Hollywood star at the Auckland convention was massive.

“It was far out,” he says. “It looked like that dude had his own cult! Seriously, everyone was going crazy over the guy, and not just the screaming girls.”

As the two sat down for a chat, Pelletier turned out to be down-to-earth and fun to chat with. “He was very cool to interview. He was friendly, easy to talk to, and he laughed at my jokes, which is the most important thing. I’m sure he wasn’t acting either.”

Coddington hints that he found out that there will be “heaps of wolf action and fights” in the Twilight sequel, so tune in to find out what Pelletier revealed in the interview.

Elsewhere on the show, Candice and Whata are up in Whangarei cruising with the locals. They get to play Ki-o-rahi with the national captain Matt White, learn some new dance moves with Emanon, and get serenaded by up-and-coming singer Tricia.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of I AM TV will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

7:00pm Tuesday, August 11 on TVNZ 6

Olly Coddington presents an I AM TV special, which celebrates the winners of The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people.

The programme offers an entertaining take on the subject of taking care of our planet. The aim is to provoke thought and to have fun on the way.
Coddington shows us excerpts from the winning films and puts some of the young film-makers through new sustainability challenges. In this he is joined by five high-profile New Zealanders: league legend Tawera Nikau; Jack Tame, ONE News Reporter and TV Guide’s Rising Star award winner for 2009; Green politician and organic farmer Jeanette Fitzsimons; Fran Kora, musician from the reggae /dub/rock band Kora; and actor Taungaroa Emile.

The winning film-makers featured in the programme are: students from Waiheke High School; Calvin Sang from Auckland; students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Wairarapa in Masterton; students from Raphael House School in Lower Hutt; Luke Howden and Hayden Fitzgerald from Ashburton.

The featured winning films range from a comedy about bike pooling to an animation about the impact of cities on our mental health; from documentaries about growing your own food, the effects of plastic bags and the power of street protest to a mockumentary about the environmental effects of farming in Ashburton.

“I love working with youth and I love Papatuanuku,” says Coddington. “Working on this film has let me explore both of those passions – and have heaps of fun while doing it.”

Saturday 1 August, 10am

This year’s Māori Language Week theme is Te Reo i te Hapori – Māori Language in the Community, and TV2’s I AM TV are doing just that.

Ae marika ko Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Ka tipi haere mātou i te motu kia rangona ngā reo o ngā hapori o Kawhia, o Rotorua, o Ruatoki hoki. Ka kore e oti ki reira, ko I AM TV tēnei e hono ana ki te reo Māori i ngā hapori o te ao whānui!

This week for Māori Language Week I AM TV go on a roadie! We explore the Māori language in the communities of Kawhia, Rotorua and Ruatoki whilst challenging each other to reo games. We also go global and see the Māori language being used in communities around the world!

I AM TV aims to educate and entertain while providing a platform for Māori youth to speak for themselves and tell their stories. Presenter of the show Olly Coddington says celebrating and promoting the use of Te Reo Māori is probably the main purpose of his job.

“It’s very important to me as my mum went to school in a time when it was forbidden to speak Māori in schools, and therefore very hard to learn Te Reo. Because of that Aotearoa had a whole generation of Māori miss out on learning their birthright,” Coddington continues.

“Now attitudes have changed for the better and it’s all of our responsibility to make sure the use of and commitment to Te Reo Māori, an official language of this country, continues to grow and thrive,” he finishes.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of I AM TV will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘watch episodes’ button.

Saturday 30 May, 10am

This week Olly Coddington fronts an I AM TV special on TV2 for World Environment Day. The program celebrates winners of The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people, accompanied by some high-profile New Zealanders with their takes on an eco-friendly way of life.

The challenge saw New Zealanders from six to twenty years of age asked, “What does sustainability mean for the world and for you? What does it mean for your community or neighbourhood? And what do you want to say about it?” The 70 films submitted could be any genre at all and any length up to five minutes.

David Jacobs, documentary Producer and Project Director of the film challenge, found it very rewarding to see youth thinking about environmental issues. “The Outlook for Someday is all about a new generation of enterprising, digital-savvy young people who are focusing their creative energy and self-expression on the big issue of their time – sustainability,” he says.

The program aims to be thought provoking and have fun along the way, by taking an entertaining approach on the subject of caring for our planet. Writer and presenter Olly Coddington was thrilled to be on board from the get-go.

“I love working with youth and I love Papatuanuku. Working on this film has let me explore both of those passions – and have heaps of fun while doing it.”

Olly shows viewers excerpts from the winning films and puts some of the young film-makers through new sustainability challenges. Joining him are five high-profile New Zealanders including; rugby league legend, Tawera Nikau; ONE News Reporter, Jack Tame; Green politician and organic farmer, Jeanette Fitzsimons; Fran Kora, musician from the reggae band Kora; and actor Taungaroa Emile.

The featured winning films range from a comedy about bike pooling, to an animation about the impact of cities on our mental health; from documentaries about growing your own food, the effects of plastic bags and the power of street protest, to a mockumentary about the environmental effects of farming in Ashburton.

Lanita Ririnui-Ryan, Director of The Outlook for Someday, says what the young filmmakers have accomplished is extraordinary.

“I love rangatahi who are passionate about the kaupapa of sustainability and I love seeing their creative ideas put out there in a medium that is accessible to everyone – in film and online. It’s an awesome way to increase awareness and have youth give their point of view on a subject that’s important for all of us.”

The 20 winning films are also available as podcasts from itunes, and can be viewed in full at tvnzondemand.co.nz.

Saturday 4 April, 10am on TV2

Portraying the diversity of popular youth culture in this country today, the show will see its reporters travelling around Aotearoa New Zealand, tracking down interesting rangatahi and seeing what they’re into and what they get up to, from city centres to rural outposts.

Seasoned presenter Olly Coddington is back and cant wait to get started. “I’m stoked to be back at work on the show! It’s gonna be more laughs, music, entertainment and hori action. I’m looking forward to some more audience-made clips too!”

And he’s looking forward to getting on the road. “I love working on I AM TV because I get to meet heaps of cool people while I travel the country.”

A show specifically designed for Aotearoa youth, I AM TV is about staying connected and in touch with our youth culture, while promoting Te Reo.

“I AM TV is awesome because while we keep savvy with the youth of Aotearoa, we also practise and promote Te Reo and tikanga Maori, and have fun while doing it” Olly says.

In this week’s premiere episode, Olly and fellow presenter Candice Davis will be recapping what you got up to these holidays. Plus they will be introducing the new presenter!

Olly is amped about the first week and can’t wait to get into it.

“Our first episode is all about summer – basically summer is over, but we’re holding onto it by going to Vodafone Homegrown in Wellington and talking summer with Katchafire and Kora! Also Candice and I show a bit of what we got up to over the sunny season, plus we’ve got a fresh new presenter to introduce to our audience!”

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New Season Premiere

Saturday 4 April, 10am

Back on TV2 this week is a brand new season of the local show I AM TV, a show specifically designed for Aotearoa youth.

Seasoned presenter Olly Coddington is back, and along with Candice Davis, will be recapping what you got up to these holidays. Plus you get to meet the new presenter!

Portraying the diversity of popular youth culture in this country today, the show will see the reporters travelling around Aotearoa New Zealand, tracking down interesting rangatahi and seeing what they’re into and what they get up to, from city centres to rural outposts.

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26 July

Saturday 26 July, 10am

It’s Maori Language Week and I AM TV celebrates today with a special episode dedicated to te reo i te kainga.

The I AM TV team, including presenters Olly Coddington, Gabrielle Paringatai and Candice Davis, worked together to create a show that not only promoted Maori language in the home, but looked at how to do this in a way that would appeal to I AM TV viewers.
Ki ahau nei, ko te kainga he waahi pai rawa ki te whakapakari i Te Reo. Na te mea he taiao mahana, he taiao parohe hoki. This is the statement that encompasses the wairua of this episode – the home is certainly the greatest place to strengthen Te Reo.

Producer Anahera Higgins elaborates: “Language is the heartbeat of a people and the home is the heartbeat of the whanau. I AM TV this week takes a look at some of our favourite shows set in the home to encourage the use of our language in and around the whare.”

See Olly star in a Fresh Prince Of Bel Air style sitcom, but with a Te Reo spin, called The Flash Prince Of Pt Chev; watch Candice’s bilingual alter-ego ‘C Dice’ present a segment called Yoof TV; and don’t miss Gabes present a lifestyle programme, where she invites a design team to make over a home – Maori style.

The makeover winner was certainly appropriate considering the recent census findings of the “average Maori” – a 22-year-old female with a one in four chance of speaking Maori. The makeover winner says she grew up in a Maori speaking environment and since moving to the big city, has lost her reo.

On I AM TV today, Gabes seeks to rectify the loss of te reo by immersing the most important environment in te reo – the home essentially becomes a ‘nest’ for Maori language.

Saturday 17 May, 10.00am

TV2’s new youth show I AM TV has found a new on-screen reporter, through a search held predominantly via the social networking site, Bebo.

Nineteen-year-old Candice Davis, of Tokomaru Bay, beat out a number of other shortlisted candidates to become I AM TV’s newest reporter, and will be appearing on television starting from May 17th.
Though I AM TV started out the year with only two full-time reporters (former Mai Time presenters Olly Coddington and Gabrielle Paringatai), it quickly became apparent that a third reporter would be needed.

“A key kaupapa of the show is to get out and about our beautiful country, to meet with rangatahi around Aotearoa, find out what they’re up to, and get their faces on-screen. To make sure we did a good job, we needed a third reporter,” says Gabrielle.

Instead of holding auditions as would be usual, I AM TV chose to exploit the opportunities available through Bebo.com, the number one social network site in New Zealand (with a particularly high following amongst Maori). The first local television production to launch a channel on Bebo (www.bebo.com/iamtv), I AM TV has found it to be an ideal way to connect with local rangatahi.

“We made a promo asking people to upload an audition tape to our bebo page, and we had heaps of really great entries. There is a heap of great talent out there” says Olly.

I AM TV’s producer, Anahera Higgins, had the unenviable task of choosing a shortlist of nine potential reporters, who were then put through a variety of on-screen tests throughout the first three shows. One auditionee in particular stood out from the rest.

“Candice had a freshness and charisma about her that was just exciting to watch on-screen. Her audition clip showed innovation, she was outgoing and very funny, and we are really pleased to have her on the show,” says Higgins.

I AM TV is Candice’s first full-time role, after graduating from the Excel School of Performing Arts last year. The programme itself is a fun mix of interviews with high profiles and up-and-comers in sports, music and entertainment fields; music clips; kaupapa (issues)-driven topics; and viewer video uploads.

Candice is thrilled at the prospects of the role. “I’m really excited about being on the show! It’s going to be fun, and it’s a great opportunity. I get to travel the country and meet cool people, and put them on the freshest new show on TV!”

Candice’s debut episode will see her venture down to Greymouth. Join Candice, Olly, Gabrielle and the rest of the I AM TV crew this Saturday at 10am on TV2.