New to Three for Maori Language Week

A te reo Māori version of The Project and the premiere of a series that’s dubbed “an unauthorised Māori perspective of our place names” are among the highlights of Three’s Maori Language Week programming.

Here’s the media release:

Three celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2022

6 September 2022 – Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ will mark Māori Language Week from 12 September – 18 September with programming that includes Mike McRoberts’ personal documentary Kia Ora, Good Evening, six-part series Get The Name Right, and the network’s first primetime broadcast completely in te reo Māori on The Project. Three’s Reo Ambassadors, all at different stages in their reo journeys and representing a range of cultural backgrounds, will help inspire audiences throughout Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori to embrace te reo.

The Project (Te Kaupapa)
Full Te Reo Māori Episode

On Friday 16 September, The Project will be in te reo Māori (with English subtitles), filmed in front of a reo Māori speaking audience.

Executive Producer of The Project Jon Bridges says, “The Project team is honoured to be able to bring viewers the first primetime programme on Three completely in te reo. Te reo Māori is not only a taonga, but it’s a living language that is being used by more and more New Zealanders everyday. We are excited to celebrate and foster the language by making an entire episode in te reo.”

Get The Name Right

This six-episode series produced by Pango Productions, aims to set the record straight with an unauthorised Māori perspective of our place names. Comedian Joe Daymond (Te Āti Awa/Fijian) and co-host Kara Rickard (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Koata, Tainui) will travel Aotearoa and the globe, getting to the heart of the origins of our place names and posing the question about whether it’s time for change.

Pango Productions Executive Producer Bailey Mackey “I have always been fascinated by the stories that sit behind our place names both Māori and Pakeha and this series allows us to bring these stories to life.”

Get The Name Right is made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho and NZ on Air.

Kia Ora, Good Evening

In this deeply personal documentary produced with Great Southern Television, we see Mike and his whānau as we’ve never seen them before – unearthing the powerful story of connection, and what it means to be Māori in contemporary Aotearoa.

“I feel like Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori has run parallel to my own pursuit of tikanga Māori, decades in the making and slowly but surely gaining confidence. Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui (Be strong, be brave, be steadfast).”

Kia Ora, Good Evening is made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air.

Reo Ambassadors

This year’s Reo Ambassadors Mike McRoberts, Sam Hayes, Oriini Kaipara,Sharyn Casey and Clint Randell, are all at different stages of their reo journey and will highlight Three’s commitment to building a better understanding of te reo Māori in Aotearoa. Newshub’s ‘Because it matters’ specials will transform into ‘Inā Hoki E Whai Take Ana’ and will showcase reflective stories told by the ambassadors around te reo Māori resurgence in New Zealand.

Three’s Toru campaign is made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho.

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