Kiwi Maara

Kiwi Maara – Sunday February 3

KIWI MAARA , New Zealand’s only tri lingual television show, is set to make a return to Maori Television, Sunday February 3 at 5.30 PM with something new, something old, something borrowed and something true!

KIWI MAARA is the season sensitive sustainable gardening guide, with everything from eco friendly ideas, a plant of the week, Maori lore, rongoa Maori (traditional Maori herbs for medicinal and therapeutic use) and inspirational guests.

Seasoned presenters Teremoana Jones (an organics and permaculture specialist), Rob “Pa” McGowan (rongoa Maori expert) and Anatonio Te Maioha, are joined by newcomers Nathan Foote (bio intensive gardening) and Stephanie Awhito (sign language).

Nathan Foote comes to the show with a kete full of life experiences; studying in Vancouver and California along with an apprenticeship at Koanga Gardens in bio intensive methods.

Stephanie Awhito takes over the signing duties for this series and says KIWI MAARA has the potential to change the way television is made.

“The government has now recognized New Zealand sign language as an official language and it’s now being introduced into the education curriculum with te reo – KIWI MAARA will play a very big part in providing a resource for the country.”

Produced by White Gloves Television for Maori Television, KIWI MAARA digs into the important links between ancestral and contemporary gardening. It also looks at ways of using the land in a sustainable way and revitalizes Maori knowledge of gardening.

Dig in to the practical advice everyday gardening advice offered on Aoteoroa’s only tri-lingual show – join Maori Television for – KIWI MAARA series premiere Sunday February 3 at 5.30 PM


Maori Television’s innovative and ground breaking tri-lingual gardening show KIWI MAARA is back, premiering on Sunday August 12 at 5.30 PM.

KIWI MAARA is the only tri lingual show on New Zealand television, with interpreter Tania Simon super-imposed in a corner of the screen, simultaneously translating the Maori and English of the three other presenters into New Zealand sign language.

In January of this year, the series received an accolade from the Race Relations Commissioner for its work in this area.

The 11 part series is produced by Auckland based White Gloves Television Productions. KIWI MAARA’S producer Te Hira Henderson says the decision to translate three ways was critical.

“Hearing loss is an important issue that impacts in a major way on our mokopuna, tamariki and whanau. Research would suggest that Maori who are deaf make up thirty per cent of the deaf community.

“For our tamariki and mokopuna the results are particularly stark. In 2001, Maori children under 19 comprised a record 48% of the deafness notifications, despite being only 19% of the population. So it is crucial for the Maori community, both deaf and hearing, to embrace Maori sign language”.

Te Hira says the response from the deaf community has been overwhelmingly positive.

The KIWI MAARA team are back to share their gardening knowledge and know-how, advice and handy tips for all types of gardens in all types of conditions all around New Zealand.

The show provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all gardeners around the motu.

Most importantly, the series has been filmed in order to be season sensitive. When it is potato planting time, that’s when the team will show you the best way to put your potatoes down.

KIWI MAARA will once again be hosted by organics and permaculture enthusiast Teremoana Jones, rongoa Maori expert Rob ‘Pa’ McGowan, Anatonio Te Maioha and Tania Simon.

The KIWI MAARA team:

Teremoana Jones; a lifelong vegetarian with a passion for organics, Teremoana is also trained in permaculture, when homes and farming methods are created in harmony with nature.

Rob McGowan is Pakeha, fluent in reo Maori, and is known to many as ‘Pa’ because he was a priest for many years. Married with a daughter, Rob learned rongoa Maori from the kaumatua of Wanganui and now runs university courses on the subject.

Tania Simon has been signing for a decade, and is one of only two people in Aotearoa fluent in reo Maori, English and sign language. “It’s wonderful to be part of such an important show for the deaf and hearing impaired community,” says the former primary school teacher.

Anatonio Te Maioha: a busy dad and keen environmentalist, Anatonio says KIWI MAARA has inspired him to plant his own organic garden.

Packed with practical everyday advice, KIWI MAARA premieres on Maori Television, August 12 at 5.30 PM

Sunday February 11 at 5.30 PM on Maori TV

The only tri-lingual show in Aotearoa brings gardening tips, landscaping projects and traditional Maori medicinal herbs to the green-thumbed in reo Maori, English and sign language.