Kowhiri ’08

Wena Harawira and Julian Wilcox present Maori Television’s live-to-air five-hour election night special with comprehensive political coverage from a Maori perspective.

The first of 10 political programmes screening on Maori Television in the lead-up to the general election will feature an in-depth look at the Maori electorate of Ikaroa Rawhiti (Tuesday October 7 at 8.30 PM) followed by the minor parties and their relationship with Maori (Wednesday October 8 at 8.30 PM).

Co-hosted by Native Affairs presenter Julian Wilcox and Te Kaea political reporter Tina Wickliffe, KOWHIRI ’08 will broadcast every Tuesday and Wednesday until November 5. The hour-long show includes expert commentary from panelists Ms Sandra Lee and Dr Ann Sullivan as well as additional observations by political scientist Dr Maria Bargh and Dr Ranginui Walker.

The first of eight polls commissioned by Maori Television about Maori voters’ opinions of political parties and politicians will also be unveiled on KOWHIRI ’08 tonight. Maori voters were surveyed on which political party they would give their party vote, their leader preferences and assessments and who they believe John Key and National would choose as a coalition partner.

Maori Television’s coverage of the 2008 General Election – KOWHIRI ’08 – premieres tonight at 8.30 PM. For more information, go to the website www.maoritelevision.com.

The first of eight polls commissioned by Maori Television about Maori voters’ opinions of political parties and politicians will be unveiled on the premiere of the channel’s pre-election programming, KOWHIRI ’08, on Tuesday October 7 at 8.30 PM.

The tailored research – prepared by Baseline Consultancy and TNS Direct – will assess the intentions and influences of a total of approximately 4,000 Maori voters on the General roll and Maori electorates in the build-up to election night.

The first poll is a country-wide survey of 420 voter eligible Maori aged 18 and over on either the general or the Maori electoral roll and was conducted between September 18 and 28 2008 with a margin of error of 4.8 per cent. Maori voters were surveyed on which political party they would give their party vote, their leader preferences and assessments and who they believe John Key and National would choose as a coalition partner.

The other seven polls will focus on the seven Maori electorates: Tamaki Makaurau (Wednesday October 15); Waiariki (Tuesday October 21); Te Tai Hauauru (Wednesday October 22); Te Tai Tokerau (Tuesday October 28); Te Tai Tonga (Wednesday October 29); Hauraki Waikato (Tuesday November 4); and Ikaroa Rawhiti (Wednesday November 5).

This research will measure the level of support for electoral candidates and political parties, the importance of key issues to Maori voter’s support for candidates and parties, and the extent to which candidates or parties can effectively deliver on those issues. Voters will also rate the candidates’ qualities or mana on such factors as trust to do the right thing, experience in politics, knowledge of peoples’ needs, and track record on delivering on promises.

KOWHIRI ’08 is a series of 10 political programmes screening on Maori Television every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8.30 PM from October 7 to November 5. Co-hosted by Native Affairs presenter Julian Wilcox and Te Kaea political reporter Tina Wickliffe, KOWHIRI ’08 includes expert commentary from panelists Ms Sandra Lee and Dr Ann Sullivan as well as additional observations by political scientist Dr Maria Bargh and Dr Ranginui Walker.

New Zealand’s national indigenous broadcaster, Maori Television, will present comprehensive coverage of this year’s General Election from a Maori perspective including tailored research on Maori in the General and Maori electorates.

KOWHIRI ’08 will include a series of 10, one-hour political programmes in the lead-up to the election as well as a live-to-air five-hour election night special on Saturday November 8. The research – to be unveiled on the KOWHIRI ’08 programming – will assess the intentions and influences of Maori voters on the General roll and Maori electorates in the build-up to election night.

Maori Television general manager news and current affairs Te Anga Nathan says the aim is to deliver election coverage in a way that is relevant to Maori and covers all the issues from a Maori perspective. The 10 specials will be co-hosted by Native Affairs presenter Julian Wilcox and Te Kaea political reporter Tina Wickliffe and will include expert commentary from panelists Ms Sandra Lee and Dr Ann Sullivan as well as additional observations by political scientist Dr Maria Bargh and Dr Ranginui Walker.

The first three episodes – on Tuesday October 7, Wednesday October 8 and Tuesday October 14 at 8.30 PM – will focus on Labour, National and the minor parties and their relationship with Maori. The next seven episodes will focus on the Maori electorates – Tamaki Makaurau (Wednesday October 15 at 8.30 PM); Waiariki (Tuesday October 21 at 8.30 PM); Te Tai Hauauru (Wednesday October 22 at 8.30 PM); Te Tai Tokerau (Tuesday October 28 at 8.30 PM); Te Tai Tonga (Wednesday October 29 at 8.30 PM); Hauraki-Waikato (Tuesday November 4 at 8.30 PM); and Ikaroa Rawhiti (Wednesday November 5 at 8.30 PM).

The election night special – presented by Wena Harawira and Julian Wilcox – will go to air on Saturday November 8 at 6.00 PM.

Te Anga Nathan says the research in the Maori electorates will measure the level of support for electoral candidates and political parties, the importance of key issues to voter’s support for candidates and parties, and the extent to which candidates or parties can effectively deliver on those issues. “Voters will also rate the candidates’ qualities or mana on such factors as trust to do the right thing, experience in politics, knowledge of peoples’ needs, and track record on delivering on promises.”

As well as the KOWHIRI ’08 programming, weekly current affairs show Native Affairs will feature pre-election analysis and debate every Monday at 8.00 PM followed by a two-hour post-election special – KOWHIRINGA – on Monday November 10. Complementing the election line-up will be political updates on the daily Maori language news programme Te Kaea at 7.30 PM and repeated with English language subtitles at 11.00 PM.

Maori Television’s coverage of the 2008 General Election – KOWHIRI ’08 – premieres on Tuesday October 7 at 8.30 PM.

Tuesday October 14 and Wednesday October 15 at 8.00 PM

Maori Television continues its pre-election coverage with this series of one-hour political programmes, including tailored research on Maori voters. Co-hosted by NATIVE AFFAIRS presenter Julian Wilcox and TE KAEA political reporter Tina Wickliffe, the minor parties are covered on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday by the first of our Maori electorate programmes – Tamaki Makaurau.