Pukana

Monday 5 March 2012, 6.00 pm on Maori Television

Award-winning rangatahi show with music, cheeky send-ups and practical life skills. Presented by Te Ahorangi Winitana, Herea Winitana, Te Ataakura Pewhairangi and Tiare Tawera.

Tuesday 5 April 2011 6.00 pm on Maori Television

Award-winning rangatahi show with music, cheeky send-ups and practical life skills. Presented by Marama Gardiner, Herea Winitana, Faye Peke, and Tiare Tawera. (Maori language).

Young Maori students will be tested on their knowledge of lyrics to Maori songs in a new game show, ‘Waiata Mai’, premiering on PUKANA (Maori Television on Wednesday April 20 at 6.00 PM).

PUKANA is 100 per cent Maori language youth ‘edutainment’ combining entertaining segments and educational elements with popular send-ups, comedic skits, practical information, competitions and giveaways.

In the new ‘Waiata Mai’ segment, contestants from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangere, Hato Petera College and Te Wharekura o Manurewa (Auckland) as well as Te Wharekura o Ngati Rongomai (Rotoiti) will compete to see who will represent their schools in the semi-final heats. 

The students are Koro Raroa, Aroha Tutakiau-Mika, Awatea Wihongi and Kearsyn Rihari (Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangere); Mary Mareikura, Kaylene Bassett, Eldon Kake and Tanekare Mane (Te Wharekura o Manurewa); Rangiwhatautau Savage, Te Rina Chase, Whakauekaipapa Savage and Takiata Curtis (Te Wharekura o Ngati Rongomai); and Ihaia Nikora, Dylan Bryan, Temuera Bennett and Jesse Cope (Hato Petera College).

PUKANA producer Pania Papa says the trick is to correctly recall song lyrics from a variety of genres.

A selection of well known waiata Maori and haka are used as well as some popular chart-hitting songs such as ‘Maumahara Noa’ by Brannigan Kaa, ‘Whakahonohono Mai’ by 1814, ‘Kotahitanga’ by Hinewehi Mohi, ‘Poi E’ by Dalvanius Prime and the Patea Maori Club, ‘E Ipo’ by Prince Tui Teka and Cinco Cine’s flagship hit single ‘Kei a Wai Ra’ by Aaria.

“This competition will set the scene for our nationwide search for talented young singers when we hit the road later this year to audition for ‘Uru Whetu’ – the PUKANA pop band,” explains Pania Papa.

“A group of talented singers will be brought together to record a popular hit single and film a video clip, following in Aaria’s footsteps. ‘Waiata Mai’ is a great way to uncover some hidden talents and let some young stars shine!”

PUKANA screens on Maori Television every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.00 PM as well as on Te Reo every weekday at 7.00 PM and TV3 every Sunday at 9.05 AM.

A talented teenager from Ngati Porou will make her presenting debut on award-winning youth show PUKANA in April.

Te Ataakura Pewhairangi is the newest and youngest member of the PUKANA team. The 17-year-old hails from the East Coast and was schooled through kura kaupapa and wharekura at Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North.

Te Ataakura joins presenters Marama Gardiner, Tiare Tawera and Herea Winitana – all fluent Maori language speakers and talented singers, actors and reporters with a natural rapport with children and young people.

PUKANA has been entertaining Kiwi for the past 13 years and now screens on three channels: Maori Television (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.00 PM); 100 per cent Maori language channel, Te Reo (weekdays at 7.00 PM); and mainstream broadcaster TV3 (Sunday at 8.45 AM).

The pioneering series is 100 per cent Maori language ‘edutainment’ combining entertaining segments with informative, educational elements.

PUKANA producer Pania Papa says the show has always been committed to training young Maori to write, present and produce television.

The bilingual presenters brainstorm, research and write comedy skits as well as reviewing segments and educational segments for each episode. In addition, they write and professionally record a new lyrical composition each week, adding to the pool of Maori language songs.

“Our team takes te reo Maori to the street, encouraging modern usage of the language in ways that children and youth can relate to. Each week, the presenters aim to inspire, entertain, educate and uplift the spirits of Maori-speaking youngsters throughout Aotearoa.”

Te Ataakura Pewhairangi (Ngati Porou) was kaitataki of secondary school kapa haka group, Te Piringa, and is also a previous winner of the national speech competitions, Nga Manu Korero. As a 13-year-old, Te Ataakura became just the second female in the competition’s history to claim a title when she won the Rawhiti Ihaka trophy for best junior Maori speech.

Marama Gardiner (Ngaiterangi, Ngati Ranginui) attended kohanga reo and kura kaupapa at Piripono in Otara and is a graduate of Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi in west Auckland where she was prefect and head girl. Gardiner won a scholarship to attend South Seas Film and Television School and then worked behind the scenes on a reality television series for Maori Television, Waka Reo. PUKANA is a dream job for Gardiner – she participated in the show while at school and sang on it at the age of 15.

Tiare Tawera (Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngati Porou, Ngai Tuhoe) was born and bred in Whakatane and was both dux and head boy at Auckland’s Hato Petera College. As well as his presenting role on PUKANA since 2006, Tiare is known for his Maori language voiceover work which has included cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants and a penguin called Pablo in The Backyardigans. Tiare is an aspiring actor and is also in training for his first bodybuilding competition.

Herea Winitana (Tuhoe, Ngati Tuwharetoa) grew up in Turangi and was home schooled at Te Kura o Te Ahorangi. The 19-year-old has a black belt in karate and competed at the world championships in 2006 – securing a place in the top eight. In 2010, Herea took top honours at the national secondary school speech competition, Nga Manu Korero, when he won the senior Maori section, Pei Te Hurinui, as well as best male speaker and best prepared.

PUKANA screens on Maori Television every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.00 PM as well as on Te Reo every weekday at 7.00 PM and TV3 every Sunday at 8.45 AM.

 

Monday February 7 at 6.00PM on Maori Television

Series Premiere Award-winning rangatahi show with music, cheeky send-ups and practical life skills. Presented by Marama Gardiner, Herea Winitana, Faye Peke, and Tiare Tawera. (Maori language).

Pioneering Maori language children’s programme PUKANA returns in 2011 with new characters, comedy and competitions – on three channels.

PUKANA kicks off its 13th year of production with a new season launch on Maori Television this Monday February 7 at 6.00 PM. The colourful, hip and funny show goes to air on New Zealand’s national indigenous channel every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The long-running series also screens on the 100 per cent Maori language channel, Te Reo (weekdays at 7.00 PM), and mainstream broadcaster TV3 (every Sunday at 8.45 AM).

PUKANA is the work of Auckland-based Cinco Cine Film Productions – an award-winning independent film and television production company with a commitment to engage and train young Maori to write, present and produce television.

Originally called TUMEKE, the show won a Qantas Media Award in 2003 and the TV Guide New Zealand Television Award in 1999 for best children’s programme – the first time a show entirely in Maori has taken out the mainstream award.

The target audience is Maori speakers aged between eight and 14 years but viewers range from six to 60 and include many Maori language learners, both Maori and non-Maori.

Producer Pania Papa says the innovative series showcases Maori language to children and youth, and has also provided a platform for the development of young talent on both sides of the camera.

PUKANA presenters Marama Gardiner, Tiare Tawera, Herea Winitana and Faye Peke are all fluent Maori language speakers and talented singers, actors and reporters with a natural rapport with children. In addition, the bilingual performers brainstorm, research and write comedy skits, songs and educational segments for each episode.

Other former presenters include Quinton Hita, Matai Smith, Pirihira Hollings, Te Hamua Nikora, Reikura Morgan and Tumamao Harawira who have all gone on to forge impressive careers in broadcasting. Te Atirau Paki was a presenter for six years, trained as an associate producer and is now a director of the show.

“We are training Maori language speakers as producers and directors and in technical areas like camera and editing so that one day they will produce their own shows,” explains Pania. “Cinco Cine brings a fresh approach based on its kaupapa of commitment to the Maori language and endeavours to normalise the language through its use in television and film, and the adoption of key phrases into mainstream culture.”

PUKANA screens on Maori Television every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.00 PM as well as on Te Reo every weekday at 7.00 PM and TV3 every Sunday at 8.45 AM.

Fresher, snappier and with more entertainment than ever, PUKANA – the popular children’s show – is back to bust the boredom not once, but three times a week this year on Maori Television.

PUKANA returns to screens for its ninth season on Saturday, February 13 at 4.00 PM and then moves to a new a time – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.00 PM – from May 3.  The fast-paced series also moves from hour-long to half hour episodes.

Producer Pania Papa, from Auckland-based production house Cinco Cine, says the new PUKANA is all about having fun through the Maori language, with a specific focus on children aged 8 to 14.

“It’s entertainment and education all wrapped up in one and it’s very cool,” she says.

Papa says PUKANA favourites including the cheeky send-ups, music and practical life skills have been refreshed while there are some colourful new additions to the show such as the witty Rastafarian puppet, Raku.

“We’re going for a fresher, snappier pace with more energy,” she says. “The challenge is fitting all the great ideas into the minutes.”

PUKANA presenters Tiare Tawera (Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Porou), Marama Gardiner (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui) and Chey Milne (Ngapuhi, Ngai Tahu) are all fluent Maori language speakers and talented singers, actors and reporters with a natural rapport with children.

The presenters brainstorm, research and write comedy skits, songs and educational segments for each episode.

This latest season of PUKANA will see them getting out into the community more often in their colourful van named Te Waka o Pukana to film special events such as the National Primary Schools’ Kapa Haka Competition, and the show’s own annual live event, Pukana in the Park.

This year’s PUKANA also focuses more on having high-achieving young people on the show as guests and introduces new competitions including one based on the amazing race.

PUKANA is an award-winning series, having won a Qantas Media Award in 2003 and the TV Guide New Zealand Television Award in 1999 for best children’s programme.

Sit back and be entertained on PUKANA, screening on Saturday, February 13 at 4.00 PM and Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5.30 PM from May 3 on Maori Television.

Saturday February 3 at 3.00 PM Pining for Pukana? Well, wait no more! The boredom-busting team is back for an amazing ninth year of the award-winning kids’ show, packed with music, cheeky send-ups, practical life skills, giveaways, competitions and reo Maori.