Mind Your Language

9:30am Saturday, August 27 on TV2

Three well known Maori celebrities will be put to the test in TV2’s new show Mind Your Language.

Full of cheeky wit and wordplay, the show gives viewers – at any level of Maori language – the opportunity to develop both their knowledge and understanding of the language.

The show is hosted by Clinton Randell (Te Rarawa) and Maori language expert and Te Karere presenter Scotty Morrison (Te Arawa), who has the final word on matters of language.

Highly respected for his Maori language proficiency, Morrison acts as Matanga Reo (language consultant), explaining answers in full and dishing out points at his discretion.

In each episode, three Maori celebrity contestants with beginner to mid-level te reo Maori competency, compete in six rounds of fun word games. These include the sculpture challenge, the whakaahua/photo round, hangman and the classic buzzer round.

Colloquial modern language skills are put to the test – from grammar, pronunciation and spelling to nuances in language and proverb translations. In the final round, two players are left to go head-to-head in the ultimate te reo test – one will receive the honour of being the winner.

Over the season, expect to see All Black Hosea Gear, Ben Mitchell (TK from Shortland Street), and Good Morning’s Matai Smith among the Mind Your Language contestants.

Missed an episode of Mind Your Language? Full episodes will be available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the Ondemand link.