Radar Across The Pacific

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for an exciting new line up of documentaries and comedies set to hit screens in 2013.

The first funding round of the new financial year has seen nearly $12 million committed to comedies and documentaries to screen across five free-to-air channels.

“We had a large number of applications for this round” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.  “That has meant some very tough decisions. But audiences are in for some special treats next year from a particularly varied range of talent behind the successful projects”, she says. Continue reading »

7:30pm Tuesday, July 24 on TV One

In tonight’s season finale, having explored five different Pacific countries with close ties to New Zealand, Radar heads home to find out what impact the people of the Pacific are having on this country.

Under the guidance of Kiwi Ruby League legend Ruben Wiki, Radar gets an intense physical work out “Pacific style”, and finds out why Wiki introduced kava to the Warriors team.

90-year-old Tongan Bill Sevesi entertains Radar with his mean pedal steel guitar – a sound that has influenced generations of New Zealand musicians.

And Radar meets two Wellington women who are ensuring that their native Cook Island language lives on in Aotearoa.

7:30pm Tuesday, July 17 on TV One

Comedian Te Radar lives in the world’s largest Polynesian city – Auckland. However, like most of us, Radar knows very little of the countries that many Aucklanders come from.

So he is off on a voyage of discovery in TV ONE’s gorgeous new local series, Radar Across the Pacific, to meet the people and explore the cultures and lands of these nations.

Tonight, Radar’s exploration of the Cook Islands starts with a musical theme as he tries his hand at Cook Island drumming.

At the Rarotongan jail, Radar finds the inmates have developed an industry of making some of the finest ukuleles in the world.

And Radar joins a “tumanu” or bush beer club to sample some of the local hooch.

7:30pm Tuesday, July 10 on TV One

Comedian Te Radar lives in the world’s largest Polynesian city – Auckland. However, like most of us, Radar knows very little of the countries that many Aucklanders come from.

So he is off on a voyage of discovery in TV ONE’s gorgeous new local series, Radar Across the Pacific, to meet the people and explore the cultures and lands of these nations.

Tonight, Radar investigates how Samoa become our first colony and finds out what happened on a little known black day in New Zealand history when soldiers gunned down peaceful protestors.

While hitchhiking around the island, Radar meets a netball team of fa’afafines who perform a drag show at night.

And he discovers that Samoan school kids are built tough because their rugby fields are also lava fields.

7:30pm Tuesday, July 3 on TV One

Comedian Te Radar lives in the world’s largest Polynesian city – Auckland. However, like most of us, Radar knows very little of the countries that many Aucklanders come from.

So he is off on a voyage of discovery in TV ONE’s gorgeous new local series, Radar Across the Pacific, to meet the people and explore the cultures and lands of these nations.

Tonight, Radar visits the remote and troubled country of Kiribati, which mixes stunning scenery with some of the most over-populated and polluted areas in the world.

Radar explores how the residents of one of the lowest lying nations on the planet are confronting the threat of climate change.

And he is moved to tears when a local school welcomes him into their community.

7:30pm Tuesday, June 26 on TV One

Comedian Te Radar lives in the world’s largest Polynesian city – Auckland. However, like most of us, Radar knows very little of the countries that many Aucklanders come from.

So he is off on a voyage of discovery in TV ONE’s gorgeous new local series, Radar Across the Pacific, to meet the people and explore the cultures and lands of these nations.

Tonight, Radar has a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Tonga, swimming with a humpback whale and her calf.

He delves into the controversial sea cucumber industry and discovers how one man’s childhood vision has grown into the most amazing botanical garden in the Pacific Islands.

And he is charmed by a real life Pacific princess, as he investigates how the monarchy has managed to survive in Tonga for over a thousand years.

7:30pm Tuesday, June 19 on TV One

Comedian Te Radar lives in the world’s biggest Polynesian city – Auckland. However, like most of us, Radar knows very little of the countries that these people come from.

So he is off on a voyage of discovery in TV ONE’s gorgeous new local series, Radar Across the Pacific, to meet the people and explore the cultures and lands of these nations.

Radar explores New Zealand’s connections with these countries and goes well beyond the tourist brochures to uncover and explore not only the challenges these small nations are facing, but also to investigate what their cultures are all about.

In a bit of an ‘off the beaten track’ adventure, Te Radar travels to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Kiribati to visit NZ ex-pats, local families, village elders, chiefs, politicians and officials as he seeks to get to the heart of what life is like across the Pacific.